Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Capacity Building Grants

Five-year-old Mojave enjoys Feeding the Spirit’s dinner at Otterbein United Methodist Church.
Five-year-old Mojave enjoys Feeding the Spirit’s dinner at Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Capacity Building Innovation Award

Have you ever found yourself saying, “If I only had a little more time, I would be able to plan this great idea that will make our organization much stronger?” You are not alone! We know that you have great ideas just waiting to be fulfilled IF you only had the time and resources to do so. With the daily hustle and bustle of leading a nonprofit organization, you often don’t have time to think innovatively about the way your organization functions. Is there a staff sharing model that you’d like to design? Have you thought about developing a for-profit subsidiary to support the nonprofit mission? Has a board member suggested you convert all communications from an information sharing strategy to a storytelling strategy to better share your mission?

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, in partnership with The Forbes Funds, is pleased to launch our newest initiative, the Capacity Building Innovation Award. We want to reward nonprofit organizations that are willing to commit to strengthening their agencies through innovation of thought and to commit to spending the time needed to flush out those ideas that will strengthen their capacity for years to come.

Benefits

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, in partnership with The Forbes Funds, will choose 15–20 semifinalists and 8–10 finalists. As a semifinalist, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) and professional analysis (Estimated Value = $500)

As a finalist, you will receive the following benefits:

  • General operating grant of $10,000!
  • Support services worth an estimated $5,000!
  • Participation in the Capacity Building Innovation Cohort
  • Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) and professional analysis
  • 5 exclusive professional development opportunities tailored to support your “big idea”
  • Personal coaching through Forbes Fund’s Executive in Residence program

Eligibility

To apply, organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Majority area of service falls within Westmoreland County
  • Annual operating budget under $1,000,000
  • Evidence of capacity building need
  • Clarity of desired outcome
  • A “big idea” you wish to explore
  • Authorization to participate by Board Chair and Executive Director

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County is an affiliate of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and all Capacity Building grant applications will be processed through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s online grant portal.

This initiative is not currently accepting applications — please check back soon for details on information sessions and deadlines for the next round of funding.