Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Grants help an organization increase its sustainability and effectiveness by strengthening its internal systems so it can grow its impact and accomplish its mission. The Foundation does this by partnering with our Capacity Building grantees and other experts in organizational management. Capacity Grant amounts vary.


  • The 2024 Capacity Grant application period has closed. Thank you to those who have applied for 2024.
  • Applications will be reviewed by committee in mid-March with notification to awardees by early April.
  • Capacity Building Overview: This workshop was held on December 14, and presented a helpful overview of the Lifecycle of a Nonprofit Organization, as well as a great deal of helpful information. The recording can be found HERE.

Important To Know

  • The first step in applying for a Capacity Building Grant is a phone consultation with the Foundation. You can schedule your consultation by contacting Cindy Hales, Vice President of Community Investment at 517-664-9851 or
  • We strongly recommend that applicants for a Capacity Building Grant have at least one paid staff person and an annual operating budget of at least $100,000.

Examples of Capacity Building issues include:

  • Board Development
  • Fundraising Planning
  • Governance Models, Executive Leadership Development
  • Long-range Planning, Succession Planning
  • Staff Training and Development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training