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ToolBox Grant Tips

Updated: Jan 28

Capacity building funds are vital to the growth and sustainability of our nonprofits. Funders recognize the importance of investing in nonprofits to help improve effectiveness at the organizational level.

How do capacity-specific funds help a nonprofit? There are numerous ways these funds can target specific areas of need.

  • Hiring a consultant to work directly on identified issue(s)

  • Investing in software and technology

  • Training staff and board members

  • Strengthening your organization’s ecosystem

  • Assessing your overall organization or a specific area such as fundraising

Most nonprofits in Fort Worth are familiar with the North Texas Community Foundation ToolBox Grants. This opportunity is focused on capacity building support for nonprofits who serve the most vulnerable in our community.

As I speak with nonprofits on this funding opportunity, here are my tips:

  • As always, read the guidelines carefully to see if your organization is a good fit

  • Make sure your work is focused on poverty in areas of high Social Vulnerability

  • Interview consultants early to find the best fit for your nonprofit

  • How will this grant uplift your organization’s capacity to serve more?

  • Make sure staff and your board are ready to undertake the work if awarded the grant

Examples of ways the grant can be leveraged:

  • Fundraising trainings for board and staff (all staff should be invited to attend)

  • Individual coaching in fundraising and nonprofit best practices

  • Development assessment

  • Development plan

  • Grant readiness training and preparation

  • Strategic planning

While this is a wonderful opportunity, remember this is a very competitive grant cycle. Be prepared and don’t hesitate to reach out for questions.


Michelle Crim, CFRE

Dynamic Development Strategies can help. We offer coaching, grant writing, and fundraising services for our nonprofit clients. We specialize in small to mid-size organizations because we understand your challenges. Please contact us for more information.

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