We believe that when capacity building is successful, it strengthens and improves an organizations ability to achieve its mission, sustain itself over time, and have a quantifiable impact on the community in which it serves.

An important message regarding Capacity Building Grants application process in 2021:


Due to the continuing effects of the pandemic, the Community Foundation of Greenville will use an expedited grants process to make awards in 2021 and will not be accepting applications or letters of intent. We will announce the process and timelines for 2022 by December 31, 2021.  Thank you for joining us in supporting those most-in-need in our community! 


To see a list and descriptions of last year’s recipients, click here.

The Community Foundation allocates funds for Capacity Building Grants based on income generated by the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment.  Organizations may apply one time per year.

The Community Foundation of Greenville welcomes grant requests from established 501(c)(3) tax-exempt agencies (operating two or more years), located within or offering services to the citizens of Greenville County, South Carolina. The Foundation encourages grant requests that support an organizations ability to establish and/or maintain a solid operating structure, and develop and sustain good governance practices.

            Application opens:  SEE IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOVE!

 Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000

Please click here to access the grant application.   

Please click here for required grant budget template.  

Capacity Building funding opportunities may include:

 Projects designed to improve the organization’s ability to monitor and respond to the needs of its clients and supporters

  • Projects involving adoption of management innovation, process improvement and accountability
  • Strategies to form collaborative ventures with public, private or other nonprofit institutions
  • To support technology audits and analyses of information management systems
  • Purchases of computers (hardware or software) or other equipment necessary to improve the organization’s ability to achieve its mission
  • Efforts to diversify the organization’s revenue streams

Examples of Capacity Building include:

  • Financial planning
  • Organizational assessment
  • Strategic and long-range planning
  • Program evaluation and planning
  • Developing marketing plans
  • Leadership development
  • Mergers/collaboration
  • Feasibility studies

 The Community Foundation will follow these guidelines in evaluating grant requests:

  • Thoroughly review the requesting organization’s ability to succeed, including evaluation of its budget, Board of Directors, staffing capability, and experience
  • Evaluate each request carefully to ensure that projects do not overlap and services are not duplicated
  • Require post-grant evaluation to determine whether the funded project met outlined objective
  • We will not make grants to individuals
  • We will not fund tuition for degree programs, fees and other costs to attend conferences, capital campaigns, campaign consultants (other than initial feasibility study), recurring staff or board training expenses, and endowments

To report a problem or make inquiries contact Debbie Cooper at

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