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
In light of new COVID-19 response grants, we will not be accepting second quarter capacity building grant proposals.
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|