Capacity Building Grants


The Community Foundation’s Capacity Building grants will support opportunities to build infrastructure for a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations.  Capacity building grants will allow nonprofits to secure the professional and timely assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.

Examples of capacity building projects include:

  • Planning activities:  e.g., organizational assessments, strategic planning, fund development, communications/marketing, or business planning.
  • Board development: may include activities such as leadership training, defining the role of the board, and strengthening governance.
  • Strategic Relationships:  providing technical assistance / 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: improvements to financial management, human resource or volunteer management; or facility planning.
  • Technology Improvements: IT capacity through upgrades to hardware and software, networking, websites, and staff training to optimize use of technology.


  • Eligible organizations must be a current or recent recipient of a grant through the community grants process of The Community Foundation, Jenkins Foundation, Gray Foundation, Sheltering Arms Fund, or The Medarva Foundation Fund (formerly Richmond Eye & Ear Foundation Fund).  Recent grantees are defined as receiving a grant within three years.
  • 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.


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.

For more information

Please contact Susan Hallett or Elaine Summerfield to discuss an appropriate timeline and detailed grant guidelines for your Capacity Building request.  Contact by phone at (804) 330-7400.