The cornerstone of the Foundation’s grants program is the concept of community capacity-building.
Grant making for community capacity-building occurs when proposals:
• build on the strengths and assets of a community or an organization,
• include the involvement of two or more groups in the development and implementation of a project,
• demonstrate clear outcomes,
• help create and strengthen participation by and networks among residents and organizations,
• provide seed funding for new initiatives that can then sustain themselves, and
• respond to a need identified in Vital Signs.
For Intentional Community Grants, organizations, programs, or projects must seek to make a positive impact on one of three priority challenges:
- housing affordability,
- food security, and
- mental health and addiction services.
As we navigate and build our shared experience with this new grants stream, the Foundation does not want to be restrictive as to the nature of the initiatives (organizations, programs, or projects) that the grants might support.
Please note that any one organization is eligible to apply for both a Responsive Community Grant and an Intentional Community Grant in the same granting cycle, so long as it is for two different projects.