Capacity Grant

The Capacity Grant program seeks to create a stronger nonprofit sector in the Pioneer Valley by supporting organizations to be more effective in advancing their missions.

What We Fund
The Capacity Grant program funds activities that help organizations be more effective  by investing in internal improvements that in turn enhance their capacity.

Grant Range
Eligible organizations can request up to $15,000 for a Capacity Grant.

Project Duration
Projects can last up to one year. We do not fund projects retroactively.

Grant Process
Organizations that have never applied for Capacity funding must attend a free Grant Training Session, webinar or office hours with the Program Officer. Click here for more information.

Application opens: July 17, 2017
Submission Deadline: September 11, 2017
Reviews/Site visits: TBD
Decision date: November 29, 2017
Notification of Decisions: December, 2017

Trainings & Resources
Capacity schedule (TBD)


  • Organizations are eligible to apply for one competitive grant per calendar year from either our Capacity, Capital or Mission grant programs. If the organization is not funded,  organization may not apply for either of the other two programs.
  • Grantees will submit a narrative summary of any current project along with a final financial report indicating that all awarded funds have been expended. Submission of these materials is due within 60 days of the project end date and 30 days prior to seeking additional funding through our Mission, Capacity or Capital grant programs.
  • Applying organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) public charity. Click here for more information on fiscal sponsors.
  • For guidelines around projects benefiting schools, both public and private, preschool through higher education, see Limitations and Restrictions.

Ineligible Requests for Funding 
General Operating Support Grants: The Community Foundation Grants Program does not provide grants for general operating support. Exceptions may be made for very small organizations that are limited in scope and only operate one program. The Grants Program does not support requests for:

  • Private education and religious organizations except for programs that serve broad community needs. (Please see Limitations and Restrictions on Grants for Programs Benefiting Schools.)
  • Retroactive funding for projects that have been complete or will be complete prior to the grant decision date.
  • Fundraising events, the purchase of tickets for benefits, or courtesy advertising.
  • Projects that seek to directly or indirectly influence legislation or election campaigns; activities related to influencing government policies, permitting or regulations will not be considered.
  • Higher education scholarships. Information about the Community Foundation scholarship and interest free education loan program can be found here.

Only in rare circumstances and with prior approval would we consider: Requests for academic or medical research; replacement of governmental or other public funding except for grants bridging periods before anticipated funding; or requests for multi-year funding.

Fiscally Sponsored Orgs/ Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscally Sponsored Organizations

Community Foundation Grant Portal: The majority of Community Foundation grant applications require use of our on-line grant portal.  For a user guide to the Portal, click here.

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Current Grantees
Current List

Contact Info

For more information, please contact Michael DeChiara at