Strengthening Nonprofits Grants

Nonprofit organizations are on the front lines meeting community needs. A healthy nonprofit sector is critical to the future of our community.

The Area Foundation awards grants that build the organizational capacity of nonprofit agencies and help them better fulfill their missions and serve their clients. Grants are awarded in a two phase process.

Funding is available for:

  • Leadership training, coaching, professional/staff development
  • Strategic planning, consulting services, technology resources
  • Peer learning, learning communities
  • Other areas that will build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, enabling them to better fulfill their mission.
  1. Nonprofit agencies submit a Phase I grant to apply for funding to conduct the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), an online assessment to identify the agency's strengths and opportunities for improvement. Phase I applications can be submitted any time throughout the year, with deadlines occurring at midnight Central time on the first business day of each month. Funding will be announced by the end of each month.

    Note: Deadlines occur at midnight Central time on the first business day of each month.

    2018 Phase I deadlines are: 

    Tuesday, Jan. 2
    Thursday, Feb. 1
    Thursday, March 1
    Monday, April 2
    Tuesday, May 1
    Friday, June 1
    Monday, July 2
    Wednesday, Aug. 1
    Tuesday, Sept. 4
    Monday, Oct. 1
    Thursday, Nov. 1
    Monday, Dec. 3

    2017 Phase II deadline:

    Friday, May 4
  2. Nonprofit agencies that conduct the CCAT from the Phase I grant will convene their Board of Directors and senior staff members to develop a plan for strengthening their agency that aligns with the assessment results, which forms the basis for the Phase II funding request. Nonprofit agencies may then apply for a Strengthening Nonprofits Phase II grant to implement the project. Review the list of Strengthening Nonprofit Phase II grant awards from inception to date. 
  3. Phase II applications can be submitted from Monday, March 5 through Friday, May 8 at midnight CST.   

Applications are evaluated on

  • Strength of organization (e.g., management, staffing, board involvement, etc.)
  • Organization’s understanding of its needs (e.g., needs well-articulated and proposed project consistent with CCAT results)
  • Strength and viability of proposed project (activities, timeline and budget are well thought out, board and staff are qualified)
  • Strength of proposed project’s benefits and plan to measure effectiveness (project’s benefit and plan for measuring effectiveness is sufficient)
  • Financial strength of organization
  • Overall strength of application

Strengthening Nonprofits grants do not fund

  • Current operating budgets
  • Programs or direct service delivery
  • Computer hardware
  • Capital projects
  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Operating deficits
  • Indirect costs
  • Programs for individual churches, parishes, or congregations that do not benefit the community-at-large
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation

Additional information

  • All grant seekers must have an account to access the online application.
  • Each organization may submit one Strengthening Nonprofits grant per deadline.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. No faxes or hard copies will be accepted.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be held and considered in the next grant cycle. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for funding.
  • When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive an automated response in the form of an email immediately after submitting, please contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez at 210.242.4730.
  • For grantees, please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Project reports

SNP Phase I Final Project Report

SNP Phase I Grant Recipients must submit a final project report within six months of the award. The completion date for your project can be found on your award letter.

SNP Phase II Final Project Report

SNP Phase II Grant Recipients must submit a final project report within 30 days of the project’s completion. The completion date can be found on page one of your award letter.

Frequently asked questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our Strengthening Nonprofits grantmaking process.

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