Capacity Building

  • Overview
  • Schedule a Meeting
  • Proposal Guidelines
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • How to Apply

Overview

The Foundation invests in broad and targeted capacity building to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Capacity building programs have been a success among our nonprofit partners, assisting them in operating more efficiently, understanding the impact of their work, and having the flexibility to adjust to meet changing community needs.

Capacity building grants are used for one-time expenses that help strengthen an organization’s operations, management, or governance. We believe that improving internal systems enhances a nonprofit’s ability to offer high-quality programs and services to the people we serve. Examples of capacity building grants include evaluation of program effectiveness; board or staff development; succession or strategic planning; or any other well-defined project that strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.

In addition to capacity building grants, the Foundation sustains a pipeline of introductory trainings on a range of related topics. We also seek opportunities to work in partnership with other local funders to support community-wide capacity building efforts that engage smaller groups in changing organizational behavior and practice. By documenting the return on investment and impact of our capacity building efforts, we aim to inspire our colleagues to increase support for capacity building programs.

Schedule a Meeting

There are a handful of nonprofits I hear from all the time. They tell me about new initiatives, emerging needs, and upcoming projects. They ask my opinion about new programs or evaluation plans. They seek my help in engaging other funders. I value these relationships, and many of our most successful grants come from the strength of these partnerships.

While I know every organization may not have the time or the development staff to engage funders in this way, I know others simply haven’t had the opportunity. So that’s why I launched Coffee & Conversations to provide dedicated time to connect with you one-on-one.

Come meet to introduce your organization. Come with a new grant idea. Come to update me on your work. Come to ask general questions about foundations and proposal writing. Come for the coffee. Conversations will be informal and based on your discussion interests.

I hope to see you soon!

Please note: Applicants are required to schedule a meeting with Foundation staff prior to quarterly proposal submission. This provides staff with an opportunity to learn about the organization’s needs and interests, and better determine if the request aligns with the Foundation’s priorities.

Meet for Coffee & Conversation

 

Schedule a Pre-Submission Meeting

Proposal Guidelines

Moses Taylor Foundation’s Quarterly Grant Application includes the following four components: Organizational Profile & Executive Summary, Proposal Narrative, Budget Narrative, and Required Attachments. Applicants must submit a complete proposal by the deadline date and time to be considered for funding.

Discretionary Grant Proposals (up to $20,000) require only the Organizational Profile & Executive Summary and Budget Narrative. Please feel free to contact Jeff Smith, Program Officer for Community Responsive Grants, with any questions regarding proposal submission.

I. Organizational Profile & Executive Summary

  • Legal Organization Name
  • Tax ID#, Year Incorporated
  • Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Website
  • Organization Budget for Current Fiscal Year Mission
  • CEO/Executive Director Name, Title, Email Address, Telephone Number
  • Project Contact Name, Title, Email Address, Telephone Number
  • Project Title
  • Amount Requested and Term
  • Executive Summary of Proposed Project (approximately 300 word)
  • Moses Taylor Investment Area (Health and Healthcare, Human Services)
  • Type of Support (Capital, Operating, Program, Capacity Building)
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania County(ties) Targeted

II. Proposal Narrative (Quarterly proposals only)

  • Describe your organization – its history, primary activities, populations served and recent accomplishments.
  • Describe the purpose of the project and the need or problem it is intended to address.
  • Discuss your organization’s capacity to undertake the project and the capacity of key partners, if relevant.
  • Outline the planned project activities and timeline.
  • Detail anticipated goals and outcomes and how they will be measured.
  • What, if any, plans do you have to continue this project beyond the requested grant period?
  • How do you solicit feedback from your participants?  Do you have a system in place to make changes to your program(s) based on the feedback received?

III. Budget Narrative

Using the general format provided, outline all costs related to the grant request. Adjust line items as needed to reflect actual project budget.

Download General Budget Format

IV. Required Attachments (Quarterly proposals only)

The following attachments must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel format. Other formats will not be accepted.

  1. Current audited financial statements and management letter
  2. Organization budget for current fiscal year
  3. Organizational chart
  4. List of Board Members including professional affiliations
  5. Letters of support from partner organizations, when appropriate

As part of the review process, the Foundation may request additional information relevant to your proposal. It is not necessary to submit additional documentation (job descriptions, resumes, tax exempt status, etc.) at this time.

 

Evaluation Criteria

All grant proposals will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

1. Fit with the Foundation’s Mission, Vision, Values and Investment Areas

  • Mission: To improve the health of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Vision: Providing opportunities for people in Northeastern Pennsylvania, especially the most vulnerable, to lead healthy lives
  • Values: Compassion, respect, and dignity; Ethics, integrity, and trust; Stewardship, transparency, and accountability; Courage, open-mindedness, and diversity; Informed decision-making and fairness
  • Investment Areas: Health and Healthcare; Primary Healthcare for the Economically Disadvantaged; Mental Health and Behavioral Health; Dental Care and Oral Health; Healthcare Workforce; Human Services

2. Organizational Capacity

  • Clear mission, vision and strategy: The organization has a clear mission and vision.
  • Strong track record of service to the community: The organization has a history of running successful programs and projects.
  • Strong leadership and management: Staff, partners, and leadership possess the knowledge, skills, training and experience necessary to implement this project.
  • Engaged board of directors: The board is well-structured, with sufficient membership and engagement.
  • Commitment to collaboration and learning: All participants have a common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for change.
  • Sound financial management: The organization is financially sound, with credible and committed funders, good financial history and adequate budget size.

3. Soundness of Project

  • Evidence of sound methodology: The proposal identifies a clear plan for what the organization intends to achieve.
  • Project reflects knowledge of the field, target populations and the local community: Target population and community need are clearly defined. Target population is in need of the proposed services.
  • Clear plan for implementation: There is a clear plan for how the organization will execute the proposed activities.
  • Sufficient staffing and partnerships to ensure success: The organization has appropriate executive and staff leadership to execute the proposed project.
  • Appropriate budget: Budget is clear and realistic; budgeted line items are appropriate and reasonable; budget includes a long-range plan that reasonably reflects the organization’s ability to sustain the project beyond the grant period (if applicable).

4. Potential for Impact

  • Clear, realistic, measurable goals and outcomes: The proposal describes clear, measurable outcomes and goals.
  • Clear plan for how goals and outcomes will be achieved: This project can be successfully implemented to address the stated needs and achieve the desired outcomes.

Grant Eligibility and Restrictions

Applicants must have a 501c3 and serve people within Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Foundation will not fund individuals, religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes, fundraising events, endowment funds, research, debt retirement or lobbying.

How to Apply

2020 Quarterly Grant Deadlines

Proposals Due Site Visits Grants Funded
January 2, 5pm
April 1, 5pm
July 1, 5pm
October 1, 5pm
February 3-7
May 4-8
August 3-7
November 2-6
March 5
June 4
September 3
December 3

Quarterly Board-Approved Grants

  • Pre-submission Meeting: Applicants are required to schedule a meeting with Foundation staff prior to quarterly proposal submission. This provides staff with an opportunity to learn about the organization’s needs and interests, and better determine if the request aligns with the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Proposal Submission: Applicants must submit a complete proposal by the deadline date in order to be considered for funding. Upon receipt, applicants will receive email confirmation. Please note that the Foundation will consider only one quarterly grant request from an organization at any given time.
  • Site Visit: Foundation staff will review all submitted proposals to determine if there is a fit with the Foundation’s interests. Following review, the Foundation will request site visits for all proposals receiving further consideration. Declined applicants will receive a letter with details regarding the Foundation’s decision and recommendations for future consideration. Site visits are held at the applicant’s location and intended to last one hour. Moses Taylor Foundation staff and Board members attend site visits to get a first-hand appreciation of the applicant’s work.
  • Board Review: Foundation staff will provide an analysis of all proposals for review by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The analysis includes an evaluation of the grant proposal, feedback from the site visit and any other additional information gathered regarding the applicant and proposed grant request. Funding decisions are made during the Board’s quarterly meeting.
  • Please feel free to contact Jeff Smith, Program Officer for Community Responsive grants, with any questions regarding proposal submission.

Discretionary Grants

Discretionary proposals ($20,000 or below) are reviewed on a rolling basis to respond quickly to community need. These proposals can be submitted at any time and don’t adhere to the board-approved grants schedule.

  • Pre-submission Meeting: Applicants are required to schedule a meeting with Foundation staff prior to proposal submission. This provides staff with an opportunity to learn about the organization’s needs and interests, and better determine if the request aligns with the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Proposal Submission: Applicants must submit a complete proposal in order to be considered for funding. Upon receipt, applicants will receive email confirmation.
  • Site Visit (when applicable): Foundation staff will review all submitted proposals to determine if there is a fit with the Foundation’s interests. As part of the review process, the Foundation may request additional information or a site visit for proposals receiving further consideration. Declined applicants will receive a letter with details regarding the Foundation’s decision and recommendations for future consideration.
  • Board Review (rolling basis): Foundation staff will provide an analysis of all discretionary proposals for review by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The analysis includes an evaluation of the grant proposal, feedback from the site visit (if applicable) and any other additional information gathered regarding the applicant and proposed grant request. Funding decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  • Please feel free to contact Jeff Smith, Program Officer for Community Responsive grants, with any questions regarding proposal submission.

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