At a Glance

Capacity Building mini-grants provide funds to nonprofits to assist with organizational and financial stability, program quality, and growth — allowing them to carry out their missions more effectively. Our grants will fund activities that will build and maintain organization-level infrastructure and governance. This includes projects to improve the organization’s:

  • Financial stability
  • Strategic planning
  • CEO/executive succession planning
  • Board development
  • Strategic collaboration or mergers
  • Governance, policies and procedures
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) efforts
  • Cleaning supplies and PPE

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organizations must be determined a charitable organization in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational or faith-based organizations.
  • Organizations must have a physical location in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda or Sumter. Organizations led by BIPOC or located outside Richland County are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples of Non-Eligible Activities

  • Routine operating expenses of the organization
  • Fundraising projects—including events
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowment or capital campaigns
  • Medical research
  • Individual conference registration
  • Costs associated with the creation of a new nonprofit organization
  • Completed projects or proposals that have begun implementation
  • Grants to individuals
  • Certifications or tuition fees

Grant Guidelines

Nonprofits are encouraged to review the grant guidelines prior to applying.


Grant Amount

Applicants may request up to $5,000.

The Community Foundation will award up to $40,000 in grants.

Note: The Community Foundation acknowledges general costs are associated with operating a nonprofit. As such, grantees may allocate up to 15% of their grant award for general and administrative costs (i.e. overhead or indirect costs).


  • September 1, 2021 – Application Opens
  • September 30, 2021 – Application Closes
  • November 2021 – Applicants notified of Application Status (Declinations will be emailed)
  • January 1, 2022 – Project Starts
  • June 30, 2022 – Project Ends


Information for Grant Recipients

If your nonprofit received a Capacity Building grant prior to July 2021, click here to submit your grant report (under Information for Grant Recipients). Recipients after that date will submit their reports in the grant portal.


Applications will be reviewed by the Community Impact Committee of Central Carolina Community Foundation. Final funding decisions are made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Declinations will be emailed.

For further information, please contact Halie Brazier at [email protected].