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Non-Profit Capacity Building Program

Post Date

July 11th 2011

Application Due Date

August 9th 2011

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Applications must arrive at the Corporation by the deadline in order to be considered. Applications must be submitted through the CNCS eGrants system:

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Community Development
Disaster Prevention and Relief
Employment, Labor and Training
Food and Nutrition
Regional Development

Veterans and Military Families Provide services to veterans, members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty, and family members of deployed military personnel and/or engage veterans in service. Economic Opportunity Provide services relating to economic opportunity for economically disadvantaged individuals within communities including financial literacy, housing assistance, job training, and nutritional assistance.

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Non-Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Organizations
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)

This competition is open to all entities that meet the eligibility criteria as specified in this Notice. Prior receipt of Corporation or other Federal grant funding is not a prerequisite to applying under this Notice. To be eligible for a NCBP award, applicants must: Be a nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of such code; or an entity of organization described in paragraph (1) or (2) of section 170(c) of such Code. Operate within a defined geographic service area that can be city-wide, multi-city, state-wide, or limited multi-state region, and must be able to demonstrate that the nonprofits in its service area face significant resource challenges (See Section IV of the full Notice for justification criteria). Have a strong track record of providing organizational development or capacity building assistance focusing on small- to mid-size nonprofit organizations. A further discussion of the evaluation criteria for experienced and capable intermediary nonprofit organizations can be found in Section V of the full Notice.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $200000 - $998000

Grant Description

APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE SUBMITTED THROUGH GRANTS.GOV APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE CORPORATION╔к_S EGRANTS SYSTEM: This Notice of Federal Funds Availability (Notice) announces the availability of funding for the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program (NCBP), authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009. The NCBP is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation), whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. As the nation╔к_s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, the Corporation builds the capacity of America╔к_s nonprofit sector by expanding the reach and impact of volunteers to address pressing social problems. While the Serve America Act expands opportunities for Americans to serve through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, it also broadens the Corporation╔к_s role around catalyzing social innovation and support for the nonprofit sector beyond these traditional grant programs. By creating the NCBP, Congress has recognized that many small and medium sized nonprofit organizations are significantly challenged in their ability to sustain and expand services and that organizational development assistance may be necessary to ensure the continuation of much-needed services in local communities. Through grants awarded in this competition we aim to build the capacity of small and midsize nonprofits to develop and implement performance management systems. Research suggests that an established framework of performance management is the pre-requisite and predictor of success on other aspects of nonprofit health such as financial planning and sustainability. Grantees will provide recipients with organizational development assistance to establish procedures for measuring progress and improving performance towards intended outcomes leading to community impact. The purpose of the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program (NCBP) is to increase the capacity of a small number of intermediary grantees to provide specific assistance to improve the sustainability of and expand services provided by small and midsize nonprofits in communities facing resource hardship challenges. For the purposes of this competition, capacity building is defined as the provision of organizational development assistance designed to improve the performance of a nonprofit organization on specific indicators (see Section VII of the full Notice). For the purposes of this competition, there is only one key indicator for improvement -- the ability of the nonprofit organization to fully implement a comprehensive performance management system. Organizational development assistance can encompass a broad range of activities such as face-to-face and online training; technical assistance in person, by telephone, and online; and peer-to-peer or expert consultation, coaching, and mentoring; as well as other efforts to increase organizational infrastructure (see Section IV of the full Notice).

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