Capacity Building Grants Program
Funding core capacity building support for organizationally-ready nonprofits can lead to higher performing, more sustainable organizations that create greater program impact for those served, especially persons who are poor and vulnerable. The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, (DCFSL) believes that through their unique ability to care for, engage and empower people to be active on their own behalf, nonprofit organizations serve as catalysts for positive, substantive change in the conditions that improve the quality of life and empower individuals and communities to advocate for themselves. The Capacity Building Grant Program (CBG), is designed to provide support for improvements in key organizational functions within grantee organizations aligned with the DCFSL’s mission and focus areas.
CBG grants are intended to help nonprofits within the DCFSL focus area make long-term improvements in their management, governance, or organizational capacity. Applications for capacity building activities could include:
- Organizational Assessment
- Strategic planning
- Financial assessment, planning & management, including cash flow, budget development, financial controls
- Evaluation assessment and planning
- Program Development
- Communications and marketing, including Website development, public relations, brand development, use of social media
- Resource development and fundraising
- Human resources, including professional development, succession planning, staffing structure, assessment, and retention
- Information systems management, including technology enhancements– not hardware
- Board development including assessment, recruitment, training, and structuring
- Restructuring and building relationships with other nonprofit organizations to strengthen service delivery, merge/closure, share resources, etc.
- Leadership development including executive coaching
Before a CBG application is submitted, DCFSL staff and the executive director must first discuss the purpose, expectations and process for requesting capacity building support. The requirements include:
Applications are due at the regular DCFSL Responsive Grant cycle deadlines of August 1 at 11:59 p.m. or February 1 at 11:59 p.m.
The applicant must be a previous or current grantee of DCFSL.
The CBG award limit is $20,000. This can be combined with a responsive grant application, however, the total amount requested of DCFSL in one year must not exceed $50,000.
For all requests other than strategic planning, applicants must submit a copy of their strategic plan completed within the previous twelve (12) months
If requesting funds to conduct a strategic plan, it is recommended the project start with completing an organizational assessment unless one has recently been completed
Minimum annual budget of $75,000 per year for the last three (3) years
- If approved, payment is made at the start of the grant period
The CBG Program is intended to provide funding support for consultant fees and directly related costs, e.g., material resources, travel, overnight lodging that is essential to the project. In addition, support can include training fees, information technology, staffing, and other costs directly related to capacity building activities. A student intern working directly with this project may be considered.
Examples of expenses that are not eligible for support under this program are as follows
- Engagement of consultant to implement programming related to the project
- Rental Fees
- Lodging for Employees or Board Members
- Software that is more than 15% of total amount requested.
- Printing of general program-related materials, i.e., annual reports
- Consultant travel from outside Missouri
CBG will not fund
- Renovations or capital improvements
- Financial deficits
- One-time events that do not build long-term capacity (such as fundraising events or conferences).