At a Glance

Capacity Building mini-grants provide funds to nonprofits to assist with organizational and financial stability, improved governance, 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 hiring of consultants and to improve the organization’s:

  • Strategic planning
  • CEO/executive succession planning
  • Board development
  • Strategic collaboration or mergers
  • Disaster planning
  • Facilities/Maintenance planning
  • Technology planning
  • Governance, policies and procedures
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) efforts
  • Evaluation and data organization efforts

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 people or located outside Richland County are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples of Non-Eligible Activities

  • Routine operating expenses of the organization, including staffing costs
  • 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 Amount

Applicants may request up to $5,000.

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).


  • February 1, 2023 – Application Opens
  • February 28, 2023 – Application Closes
  • April 2023 – Applicants notified of Application Status 
  • June 1, 2023 – Project Starts
  • December 31, 2023 – Project Ends


Information for Current Grant Recipients

Current awardees will submit their reports in the grant portal. Your original application, grant agreement, and any other documents related to your gran are saved on your organization’s dashboard. Please contact Halie Brazier at hal[email protected] if there are any issues with access to the 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].