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CBO Capacity Building

The grant supports capacity building work designed to help fulfill an organization’s mission. Examples of capacity building includes strategic planning, marketing or staff development. Upon successful completion of the cohort experience, organizations will be awarded additional dollars to implement a project advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the organization.

Seven grants of $9,000 plus extra $3,000 for DEI work.

*Application for the 2020 Capacity Building program is now closed. Look forward to this program again in 2021.


The Cohort Experience

Community benefit organizations (CBOs) will engage in an 8 month workshop series designed to guide organizational practices through a lens of equity and social change. The cohort will work with a consultant to identify potential ideas focused on building equity and inclusion.

Orientation: October 13, 2020 (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm) at the Community Foundation

2021 Workshops: January 12, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 13, October 19

Completion report: Due October 30, 2021

*Workshop attendance is required. Failure to maintain grant requirements may affect your ability to apply for future grants.

Evaluation Criteria

• Project Vision – Does the application articulate a vision to better fulfill the organization’s mission?

• Organizational Sustainability – To what extent does this capacity building project help increase the organization’s long-term sustainability?

• Implementation Plan – Does the application provide a plan for project coordination, utilization of funding, strategies, and a timeline?

• Readiness – Is the organization open to conversations and internal reflections around diversity, equity and inclusion?

View the recording of the 2020 CBO Capacity Building Information Session here:

View the recording of the 2020 CBO Capacity Building Information Session

Apply Now!

Start a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the CBO Capacity Building Program by July 14. The final application deadline is July 21 @ 11:59 pm.

Application Process and Timeline

Read about our application process and see our full application timeline.

Info Sheet

Get a snapshot of everything you need to know about the CBO Capacity Building Program.

Application Questions

Get a preview of the application questions.

Email Senior Program Officer, Fran Rodriguez, at if you have any questions.


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