Capital Grants

Purpose
This competitive grants program awards support for capital projects or capital campaigns. There is a total of $240,000 available for Capital Grants this year, with a potential $100,000 targeted for capital campaigns.

Capital projects could include:

  • Small or large renovations/additions
  • Construction or expansion projects
  • Purchase or construction of a new facility
  • Computer technology and/or equipment purchase with a useful life of at least three years

Capital campaigns include:

  • Large fundraising efforts with requests to foundations, businesses, individuals, and government funds/banks/bond financing
  • New buildings or renovations that cost more than $1 million
  • A minimum campaign goal of $500,000

What We Fund
Competitive grants to support capital campaigns (1:1 matching funds requirement) and capital projects with a life span of 3 years or more.

Grant Range
Capital projects can request up to $25,000.
Capital campaigns can request up to $50,000.
Grant awards over $25,000 will require a 1:1 challenge match.

Project Duration
Capital projects:  Should be completed within 18 months or less.
Capital campaigns:  Should be completed within 18 months or less.

Grant Process
Capital projects:
Application opens: By July 31, 2017 (revised opening date)
Application deadline: September 18, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Reviews/Site visits: Mid-October to Early November, 2017
Decisions date: Mid-November, 2017
Notification of Decisions: December, 2017

Capital Campaigns:
Qualifying Discussion Deadline: August 23, 2017

Trainings & Resources
Grant schedule
To speak with program staff about a potential Capital Grant application or learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Eligibility 

  • Organizations that have never applied for Capital funding must attend a free Grant Training Session, webinar or office hours with the Program Officer. If the organization is not funded,  the organization may not apply for either of the other two programs.
  • Organizations are eligible to apply for one competitive grant per calendar year from either our Capacity, Capital or Mission grant 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.
  • Organizations seeking capital campaign support must schedule a meeting or telephone call with Sheila Toto, senior program officer, prior to August 23, 2017. Capital campaign requests that are deemed eligible to submit  a Capital Campaign application will then be invited to submit a full application. Organizations must be in the public phase of a campaign and have raised no more than 85% of the total campaign goal at the time of grant submission.
  • 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
All grants offered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts have the common Limitations and Restrictions

Fiscally Sponsored Orgs/ Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscally Sponsored Organizations

Application
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 Sheila Toto at stoto@communityfoundation.org.