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CFT believes that investing in capacity building helps North Texas nonprofits strengthen their ability to serve their communities.

We are seeking applications from organizations with budgets less than $3 million that focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • financial assistance
  • housing support
  • case management
  • out-of-school time programs
  • job training and career support
This opportunity is intended to help nonprofit organizations build the competencies and skills needed to meet their missions efficiently and effectively. Nonprofits can apply for capacity-building programs in Fundraising, Leadership Development, Marketing, Organizational Effectiveness, Recruitment & Retention, and Technology. Grants will range from $2,500-$15,000. Grant notifications will be made by February 10, 2023.

Virtual Orientation Session | Resources 

CFT hosted a one-hour virtual orientation session about our Capacity-Building Grant application and other capacity-building opportunities on October 11. Missed the overview webinar about this grant opportunity? See below for a recording of the virtual orientation or download our presentation slides.

Click here to watch the recording 
Download the presentation slides from the orientation

Did you know?

CFT has capacity-building opportunities throughout the year. Learn more about CFT’s other capacity-building offerings below.

CFT's capacity-building offerings

Have Questions?

Use the link under Virtual Office Hours (below) to reserve a time to speak directly with Greg Oertel, Senior Community Philanthropy Officer, and ask him any questions you might have.

Note: Because we value and respect your time, please do not call Greg directly without scheduling a time during his Virtual Office Hours. Using the link here or below is the best way to ensure that he is able to address all of your questions at a time that works for both you and him. Thank you for your understanding!

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

See below for our eligibility requirements.

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Nonprofit organizations that meet all of the following requirements are eligible to apply for Capacity Building Grants:

  • Be an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for at least two years as of September 1, 2022
  • Have an operating budget that is less than $3 million, excluding in-kind line items
  • At least 50% of the population served must reside in one of these North Texas counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise
  • Organizational focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • financial assistance – gap funding for childcare, rent and utility payments, or financial support for other emergency basic needs
    • housing support – non-financial support such as emergency shelter and transitional housing
    • case management – partnership with clients to understand social service needs and develop solutions
    • out-of-school time programs – supervised programs that youth regularly attend when school is not in session
    • job training and career support – services to provide unemployed or underemployed individuals access to rewarding jobs or opportunities to improve their financial situation 

  • individuals
  • for-profit businesses
  • non-US based organizations
  • church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism

Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • meet the grant eligibility requirements and CFT’s funding priorities
  • clearly identify and define the capacity-building project
  • state a compelling case that supports how and why the organization’s capacity-building project will help it meet its mission
Organizations may include up to three (3) capacity-building priorities in the application in any of the following categories with examples** provided:

  • Consulting for fundraising and/or grant writing
Leadership Development
  • Board development and governance
    ED/CEO development
  • Succession planning
  • Leadership training and development for staff
  • Marketing and social media planning and strategy
Organizational Effectiveness
  • Financial supports including audits, budgeting, budget forecasting
  • HR and risk management
  • Program evaluation and data collection
  • Strategic plan update or development
  • Facilities improvement, ADA compliance, and capital planning
  • Staff and/or volunteer training and wellness
  • Purchasing equipment, technology, or software
  • Digital strategy
**This is not an exhaustive list of the types of capacity-building projects CFT may fund. There are several different ways nonprofit organizations can build capacity and CFT intends to support a wide breadth of these activities. If you have questions about the eligibility of a project, please contact CFT’s staff.

  • Staff salaries
  • General operations

Funding Priorities

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  • work in the following zip codes: 75210, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223
  • are based in the community they impact
  • have taken meaningful steps to address diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • plan to complete their capacity-building projects within one year of receiving funding

How do I submit my proposal?

Application closed on November 11, 2022

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