Apply for Vermont Community Foundation’s Capacity Building Grants

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In order to do great work, nonprofits need strong leaders, clear plans, efficient systems, and a sustainable revenue stream. This takes investment in staff and time to explore and plan–something for which many nonprofits on limited or restricted budgets have little resources to spare. It’s also often hard to make the case to donors to support this kind of work versus direct services or programming.

In response to this gap in resources to achieve this important backbone strength, the Vermont Community Foundation has created a small fund to help. Through this new grant round we hope to strengthen the sector itself while fostering greater understanding for funders and donors about the value of this type of support by showcasing best practices in mergers, strategic planning, and fundraising.Grants will be no more than $2,500 each and will support the cost of consultants to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, development of an organizational fundraising strategy, or orchestrating a merger.

This program will fund work that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofits in the sector  by:

  • Supporting and encouraging strategic planning among nonprofit boards and staff to clarify goals and performance measures and thus enhance programmatic integrity and success, or
  • Supporting and encouraging financial sustainability among nonprofits through investing in developing long-term diversified revenue streams and strong philanthropic support and donor cultivation, or
  • Enabling organizations to consider a possible merger through facilitated conversations.

Who May Apply

Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in or serve the people of Vermont and address the above purpose. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Grant Size

Up to $2,500.

Deadlines and Notifications

  • Round 2 – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Notification will be in early November.

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