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Grants to Massachusetts and New York Nonprofits and Schools in Eligible Counties to Build Organizational Capacity

Strengthening Partner Capacity Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket CountiesNew York: Erie and Niagara Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/20/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to Massachusetts and New York nonprofit organizations, public and diocesan school districts, and charter and public schools in eligible counties to build organizational capacity. Funding is intended for organizations providing services to youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, mental illness/mental health challenges, and substance use disorders in one or more of these regions:
  • Massachusetts: Barnstable County, Dukes County, Essex County, Nantucket County
  • New York: Erie County, Niagara County

The Foundation is interested in funding requests that, “build and/or strengthen the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that organizations need to serve their communities.” 

Here are some examples to get you thinking, but this is not a complete list of everything the Foundation will consider:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Leadership development
  • Mergers/affiliations
  • Network/field-building events
  • Organizational development
  • Professional development
  • Program design and planning
  • Small capital projects/equipment purchases
  • Technology planning/purchasing
  • What are your ideas? (The Foundation is happy to discuss them!)

At a minimum, grant partners currently provide prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services to people aged 26 years or younger from at least one of these populations:

  • People with intellectual disabilities (including those on the autism spectrum)
  • People with specific learning disabilities
  • People with mental illness/mental health challenges
  • People with substance use disorders

Ideal grant partners serve one or more of the populations listed above who also have intersecting identities as members of historically marginalized communities (e.g., Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Indigenous Peoples, disability, housing insecure, immigrant/refugee, LGBTQIA+).

The Foundation may give preference to organizations that have not received a grant award recently.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
It’s easiest for the Foundation to accept grant applications from:
- Not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation that are not private foundations;
- Not-for-profit public benefit corporations;
- Public or diocesan school districts; or
- Private or charter schools.

Pre-Application Information

- Application Deadline: Wed, Jan 11
- Decision Notification: Wed, Feb 22

- Application Deadline: Wed, May 17
- Decision Notification: Wed, June 28

- Application Deadline: Wed, Sept 20
- Decision Notification: Wed, Nov 1

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant award for this opportunity is $40,000.
A total of $900,000 is available, with $300,000 awarded in each of three grant cycles.

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