In celebration of its 50th anniversary, CFECI will be awarding $50,000 in grants to strengthen the nonprofit sector as part of its vision of raising the quality of life throughout the region it serves.
Donor Name: Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
County: Selected Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $5,000
A recent survey of nonprofits in East Central Illinois identified the need to support their capacity to achieve their mission and goals. In response, CFECI will provide grants of up to $5,000 to eligible nonprofits for capacity building and technical assistance to improve an identified area of operations. These Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants require a 10% matching contribution.
Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants strengthen nonprofits by increasing their core systems and operations. By improving infrastructure, these time-limited projects help nonprofits more effectively carry out their missions – now and into the future. This grant program focuses on projects that improve capacity in an identified area of organizational operations, including (but not limited to):
- Data management
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Financial management
- Mission & strategy
- Program delivery
- Program evaluation
- Applicants may request up to $5,000, which requires a 10% matching contribution from the applicant organization.
- The Community Foundation will award up to $50,000 in grants.
Eligible nonprofit organizations:
- Must be a charitable tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization with no less than 2 years of Organizations with an annual budget size of $1 million or less will be given priority in funding consideration.
- Must be located in and serve residents of CFECI’s service area which includes Champaign, Piatt, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Edgar, Douglas, Coles and Moultrie counties.
- Applications must be for one of the following eligible capacity-building activities:
- Board training and education
- Staff training and leadership development
- Strategic planning
- Succession planning
- Other assessment, consulting, 1:1 coaching, or facilitation that improves an identified area of organizational capacity.
Examples of Capacity Building Activities
Examples of capacity building projects include:
- Leadership development: supporting a leadership training experience for two or more members of the organization’s leadership/ management team.
- Planning activities: including organizational assessments, strategic planning, fund development, communications/marketing, or business planning.
- Board development: may include activities such as leadership training, executive coaching, defining the role of the board, and strengthening governance.
- Internal operations: improvements to financial management, human resources or volunteer management.
- Technology improvements: IT capacity through upgrades to hardware and software, networking, websites, and staff training to optimize use of technology.
Applicants are encouraged to identify training, consulting and/or 1:1 coaching opportunities that best meet their organizational needs. Upon request, CFECI can provide a list of local consultants with various specialties in nonprofit capacity building.
For more information, visit CFECI.