Grants Programs

Nonprofit Impact Initiative Capacity-building grants

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Two grant cycles exist to support nonprofit organizations in Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Oconto counties.  Within each cycle, there are grant dollars specifically allocated to support organizations serving populations 60 and over, as well as grant dollars available for organizations serving all sectors of the community.

Funding for capacity-building grants is limited. Please contact our community impact team to confirm eligibility and to discuss your proposed project.


All applicants must meet the following:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS
  • Directly serve Brown, Door, Kewaunee or Oconto counties
  • Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability, or national origin
  • Have an operating budget of under $3,000,000
    *This requirement does not apply to organizations serving populations over the age of 65. Please contact Amber Paluch to discuss your application if your organization serves this population.
  • Be in existence as a nonprofit, tax exempt organization, for at least two years from date of incorporation
  • Be willing to adhere to the grantmaking policies of Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and this fund as contained in the grant agreement


Grants will be awarded to assist eligible organizations with dedicated capacity-building efforts. A typical application will involve the cost of hiring third-party expertise.

Examples of such efforts could include, but are not limited to:

  • Board training that enhances organizational capacity in the areas of recruitment, orientation, or retention
  • Board governance (examples include officers, committees, effective meeting facilitation, accountability)
  • Development and activation of ad hoc or board committees
  • Leadership development
  • Organization/Board Planning (annual/strategic)
  • Collaboration/Partnerships
  • Financial management oversight (budgets and financial reporting)
  • Development of volunteer recruitment, management, retention best practices
  • Development of best practices in nonprofit management
  • Development of succession plans (leadership and non-leadership levels)
  • Technology (use/implementation, needs assessment, planning)
  • Communications/Marketing planning
  • Service (design, evaluation, record keeping)
  • Project management training
  • Staff development and training (team building, performance management, staffing structure)
  • Hiring of consultant to increase capacities (staff, board, organizational)
  • Creation of peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Establishment and implementation of lean process improvements


Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the description of the capacity challenge
  • Clarity in the work plan design to address the capacity challenge, including feasibility
  • Brief description of the anticipated results
  • Clarity in the evaluation methodology with defined and measurable outcomes
  • An articulated plan to reinforce the gains in capacity
  • Budget clarity and relevance
  • Contract and work plan from the service provider, which clearly addresses the capacity challenge


  • Annual appeals, capital campaigns, feasibility studies or other fundraising activities or events
  • Religious activities or programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious organizations, groups, denominations or beliefs
  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Debt retirement, debt financing, reduction of operating deficit or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes
  • Lobbying or legislative activities
  • Capital improvements
  • Expenses occurring before the grant is awarded
  • Efforts serving those outside of rural Northeast Wisconsin
  • Contractors who actually perform the work, as differentiated from consultants who train and teach to build capabilities
  • Direct service program support
  • Projects that add to staff member or provide board volunteer compensation
  • Organizational expenses unrelated to the capacity-building project


  • Grants awards will typically range from $1,000 to $7,500 for one year. Grant awards are non-renewable
  • Multi-phase requests may be considered, with approval limited to one or more phases
  • Decisions will be announced within 60 days of the application deadline
  • We will consider up to 10% of total project costs being dedicated to direct project expenses of the capacity building project
  • Cash match encouraged, but not required

Note: The Fund may request grantees share lessons learned from their project in future communications about the Fund.


Submit the online application, a complete budget and a third-party service provider work plan.  Review the online application questions and requirements, which include this budget form.

An acceptable third-party service provider work plan will include at minimum a written document from the service provider listing the services to be performed, the expected outcomes, and a fee schedule for the services provided.

Prior to completing and submitting a capacity-building grant application please contact Amber Paluch to discuss your proposal.


Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 15 (Round 1) and October 15 (Round 2).

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