Another area of interest is capacity building. We believe in the power and potential of our area nonprofit organizations. And, we have heard much feedback about their deep and diverse needs for capacity building. We will be dedicating more staff time and Foundation resources to several new initiatives in this area.
We want to know what is going on with area nonprofits, schools, colleges, and government agencies—even if we are not funding something in that area right now. This information may help us to redirect our energies in the future. Come by and talk with us, and invite us to your programs and events. The more we learn, the better we are able to serve our community.
- Is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation
- Has been in existence for two or more years
- Focuses on health, education, and/or quality of life
Application sections include need and purpose, target audience, expected outcomes, and implementation plan. Applicants must describe the evolution of the project idea, list partners and collaborators, and justify budgets. The application also will include your plans for project evaluation, communication, and sustainability. Projects may be multi-year (with a five-year maximum), though most projects will range from one to three years. If awarded, substantial reporting requirements will be specified at the time of the award.
Capital requests should be tied to new programs or initiatives, and should relate directly to advanced achievements in health, education, or quality of life. Applications for normal operating costs, routine upgrades, and deferred maintenance are not encouraged.
- Operate in in schools
- Request services from school personnel
- Involve students during the school day
- Are held in conjunction with school-sponsored activities
This is done to protect instructional time and respect administrative oversight. The endorsements will not affect the Foundation’s funding decision, but are intended to ensure the school and system are aware of the proposed project.
Lastly, because the Foundation’s investment in education is substantial, individual schools may not apply for micro-grants.