Request for Proposals

Accepting Proposals to FCH’s Capacity Building Grant Program until September 30, 2021

The Capacity Building Grant Program has been created to support the organizational health of nonprofits that serve our community. We define organizational health as the ability of an organization to function effectively, cope adequately, change appropriately, and grow from within. Our objectives are to increase the stability, effectiveness, and resilience of nonprofits, to meet mission and community need, and to increase the capacity of smaller agencies.

Through this grant program, the foundation will accept requests between $5,000 and $15,000 for needs related to: 

  • Meeting mission
  • Operational infrastructure
  • Scaling a program or initiative
  • Stabilizing a program or initiative

FCH accepts applications to the Capacity Building Grant program, twice a year, the timing of each application cycle is below:

Cycle 1
Deadline: September 30th
Funding Decision: No later than October 31st
Informational Webinar(s): August 4th, September 1st & September 13th

Cycle 2
Deadline: April 30th
Funding Decision: No later than May 31st
Informational Webinar(s): TBD

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must be 501(c)3 organizations OR initiatives with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor who serve one or multiple towns within FCH's community. Organizations must have an operating budget at or under 3 million dollars annually and have a mission and programs that are consistent with the funding interests of the foundation. Proposals from organizations that do not meet this criterion or have received funding through FCH’s General Operating Support Program will not be considered for funding through this program.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Alignment between the organization and the foundation’s funding interests, specifically:
    • Is the organization focused on improving health issues within our community or the conditions required for health and well-being?
    • Does the organization incorporate indicators of community health and well-being when measuring its performance or success?
  • Readiness of the organization, as communicated by the applicant
  • Strength of ties to FCH’s community, specifically:
    • Is the organization physically based in the community it serves?
    • If the organization serves an entire state or county, does it make a concerted effort to serve the communities in FCH’s service area?

Lastly, priority will be given to smaller organizations (operating budget at or under $1M annually) that meet the criteria above.

Have a question or need additional information? Please reach out to FCH’s Senior Program & Evaluation Officer, Natashea Winters at nwinters@fchealth.org  or schedule a meeting on Natashea’s calendar to discuss your request. This is not a mandatory or required step, but we have found that these conversations can be helpful in shaping how a proposal is framed or determining whether there is alignment with FCH’s funding interests – ultimately saving time for prospective grantees. 

Please visit our online grantee portal to apply. In the first cycle, applications will be accepted starting July 30th, 2021 until September 30, 2021.

Accepting Opportunistic Proposals on a Rolling Basis

FCH accepts Opportunistic Grant proposals on a rolling basis. 

More information about our criteria for opportunistic grantmaking can be found here

We highly encourage anyone interested in submitting a proposal for an Opportunistic Grant to reach out to FCH’s senior programs & evaluation officer, Natashea Winters at nwinters@fchealth.org  or schedule a meeting on Natashea’s calendar to discuss their concept or initiative. This is not a mandatory or required step, but we have found that these conversations can be helpful in shaping how a proposal is framed or determining whether there is alignment with FCH’s strategies – ultimately saving time for prospective grantees. 

The Opportunistic Grant Program can be accessed through our online grantee portal.