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 as 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 and Sumter. Organizations led by BIPOC or 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 at least $40,000 in grants.


  • October 1 – Application Opens
  • October 31 – Application Closes
  • January 30 – Applicants notified of Application Status (Declinations will be emailed)
  • March 1 – Project Starts
  • August 31 – Project Ends


Information for Grant Recipients

If your nonprofit received a Capacity Building grant, please use this link below to submit your grant report.


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 Maya Morris at 803-978-7844 or [email protected].