The National Council of Nonprofits defines capacity-building as “whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.”

In response to the recommendations of both cohorts of its Equity + Health Fellows, RMHF is committed to providing capacity-building funding to nonprofits to advance health equity.

Grants will be for one-year duration or less with a maximum amount of $15,000 and will be awarded as general operating support if deemed appropriate. An organization may receive only one capacity-building grant award in the calendar year.

RMHF invites proposals that are mission-aligned with RMHF and are working towards improving access and quality of health care to underserved community members, and identify one or more organizational capacity needs in the following areas:*

  •  Financial sustainability
  • Governance and board development
  • Grant writing skills
  • Internal operations and management
  • Leadership development
  • Learning and evaluation
  • Policy and advocacy development
  • Staff development
  • Strategic planning
  • Technology/software to improve services

*Other identified capacity-building needs will also be considered. Direct care services, and indirect or capital costs are not allowable.

Please note that priority will be given to grassroots organizations and organizations led by people of color.

Application and Selection Process Timeline: 1st Quarter 

RFP Release January 7, 2020
Application Deadline January 24, 2020
Site Visits Conducted for Finalists Weeks of January 27 & February 3, 2020
Awards Announced March 6, 2020

Application and Selection Process Timeline: 2nd Quarter 

RFP Release April 6, 2020
Application Deadline April 24, 2020
Site Visits Conducted for Finalists Weeks of April 27 & May 4, 2020
Awards Announced June 5, 2020

Application and Selection Process Timeline: 3rd Quarter

RFP Release August 10, 2020
Application Deadline August 28, 2020
Site Visits Conducted for Finalists Weeks of August 31 & September 7, 2020
Awards Announced October 2, 2020

Application and Selection Process Timeline: 4th Quarter 

RFP Release October 12, 2020
Application Deadline October 30, 2020
Site Visits Conducted for Finalists Weeks of November 2 & November 9, 2020
Awards Announced December 18, 2020