Capacity Building Grants

Forms for 2020 Capacity grantees only:

Capacity Building Grants are up to $40,000

Capacity Building grants help an organization increase its sustainability and effectiveness by strengthening management systems and governance structures. This is a two-step process. We strongly encourage you to contact us for a phone consultation before you apply. Contact Cindy Hales, Director of Community Investment, or 989-272-3672.

Step one - The first step is an application. The application seeks to identify the specific problem(s) you need to solve in your organization. We are looking for a clear understanding of the capacity issue(s) that create challenges within the management systems or governance structure of your organization.

Step two - Step two involves meeting with Community Foundation staff to co-design a detailed plan of action to address your capacity issue.


  • Request must focus on increasing organizational sustainability or effectiveness by strengthening management systems or governance structures.
  • Applicants must have at least one paid staff and an annual operating budget of at least $100,000.
  • Applicants must agree to work with Community Foundation staff to co-design a plan of action.

Examples of Capacity Building issues include:

  • Board development
  • Fundraising planning
  • Governance structures
  • Leadership development
  • Long-range planning
  • Staff training and development
  • Succession planning
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training