New York Life Foundation Grief Reach - Capacity Building Grant

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New York Life Foundation’s Capacity Building Grant - Overview

Capacity Building Grant Application Cycle:

  • Application Opens: Monday, June 15th 2020
  • Application Closes: Friday, July 17th 2020 8:00pm Eastern

There are two separate 1-year grant opportunities included in this RFP. Each program will only be eligible to apply to one of these grant opportunities, as explained below.

  • Up to twenty-five (25) grants available:
    • $10,000 grant award. organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $50,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.
    • $20,000 grant award. organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $100,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level. 

Funds to enhance organizational capacity, development and effectiveness. The grant must support 1 of 6 major categories:

  • Planning activities: organizational assessments; strategic planning; fund development; communications/marketing; recruiting or maintaining volunteer support; business planning.
  • Staff/board development: leadership training; defining the role of the board; recruitment of new board members; strengthening governance.
  • Strategic relationships/collaboration: technical assistance; consultant support; restructuring; mergers; or business planning
  • Internal operations: improvements to financial management, human resources, or volunteer management; development of evaluation systems and training; facility planning.
  • Technology improvements: improving IT capacity through upgrades to hardware and software; networking; updating websites; and staff training to optimize use of technology.
  • New Organization: Specifically, for organization under 3 years old to conduct an organizational needs assessment or strategic planning.

Prospective applicants for these grants should explore consultants and/or other professional services to get initial feedback, bids and scope of work prior to applying. This documentation will be required for application process.

Your capacity building project should have an impact on your organization first, and then on the clients your organization serves. These grants DO NOT fund staff salaries. In thinking about capacity building needs, an organization may ask:

  • Does this activity allow my whole organization to operate more effectively, or does it have a limited effect on a program or initiative? For example, improving fundraising skills affects the entire organization over a long period. However, having a fundraising dinner for a program only affects that program for that fiscal year.
  • Which major operational areas need attention and will help the organization grow and achieve its mission? For example, there may be a need for financial management software, a donor database, and upgraded communications materials. Not being able to do them all, an organization must select one that is going to move them forward strategically.
  • Is there a bottleneck in the organization that is stalling growth? For example, an organization may need to recruit new volunteers, but not have a way to reach the local community, such as a website.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a US Based private, nonprofit organization, with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and not a private foundation
  • Be in operation as a 501(c)(3) for at least one year
  • Request an amount not greater than 20 percent of organization’s most recent fiscal year actuals
  • Provide 990 tax returns for the past year (if applicable)
  • Provide a budget detailing specifically how the requested funds will be used. Download the required BUDGET FORM AND UPLOAD TO YOUR APPLICATION.
  • Must be the entity that will provide the children's bereavement services.
  • Have at least one paid staff person

 Excluded organizations and areas:

  • Individuals or government agencies
  • Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group
  • Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans' organizations.
  • Seminars, conferences, trips
  • Endowments, memorials, or capital campaigns
  • Fundraising events, telethons, races, or other benefits
  • Goodwill advertising
  • Basic or applied research
  • Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • Organizations who have a current Grief Reach Grant and their Final Report has not been submitted yet.

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We know that the grant process can be challenging. We will do everything we can to assist you in this process. We will hold an informational webinar and also at least one Question and Answer Session. We are always willing to answer questions and assist you in any way we can. We highly recommend that you attend this session.

RFP Q & A Webinar,  Cycle 2
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Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted through the online submission.
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees that are awarded any of these competitive grants are required to submit a progress report two times per year during each grant period. The report will take the form of a narrative detailing progress on the proposed timeline of activities, achieved objectives, challenges in fulfilling grant deliverables, and a financial report documenting the allocation and expenditure of the grant funds and any interest earned thereon. 

NOTE: Grant recipients will be required to review and consent to NYL Foundation’s terms and conditions prior to receiving their grant payments.

Capacity Building - Reporting Requirements

Progress Reports Due  
 March 1, 2021 Progress Report Due
 December 1, 2021 Final Report Due

Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at