Capacity Building Grants

As part of its grantmaking strategy, TCF is committed to building infrastructure for a strong and sustainable community of nonprofits.

Our capacity building grants are designed to help nonprofits secure the professional and timely assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.


  • Eligible organizations must be a current or recent recipient (within three years) of a grant through the community grants process of The Community Foundation, Jenkins Foundation, Gray Foundation, Sheltering Arms Fund, or The Medarva Foundation Fund.
  • Before submitting a Capacity Building proposal, organizations must contact Foundation staff.
  • If your organization has not gone through a recent assessment or strategic planning process, we strongly recommend use of an online self-assessment tool, such as the tool found at, prior to requesting Capacity Building support.

Grant Priorities

Capacity Building grants support opportunities to build infrastructure for a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations.

Examples of capacity building projects include:

  • Planning activities such as organizational assessments, strategic planning, fund development, communications/marketing, or business planning.
  • Board development activities such as leadership training, defining the role of the board, and strengthening governance.
  • Strategic Relationships. Our funds may be used to provide technical assistance or consultant support to help two or more organizations work through collaboration and strategic restructuring, positioning for merger or affiliation, or business planning for social enterprise.
  • Internal operations that may include improvements to financial management, human resource or volunteer management, or facility planning.
  • Technology Improvements through upgrades to hardware and software, networking, websites, and staff training to optimize use of technology.


Requests may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed quarterly (at the end of February, May, August and November) by TCF’s Distributions Committee.

"TCF's capacity building grant to the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities was truly transformative for our organization. All facets of program evaluation (from logic models to data analysis) are now embedded in our daily work in schools, businesses and communities."

Jonathan Zur, President & CEO, VCIC

To access additional resources, visit our Effective Nonprofits page.