Capacity Building Grants


New York Life in partnership with NAGC will offer 20 childhood bereavement organizations a one-time, $10,000 capacity-building grant under the Grief Reach program RFP.  We are looking for organizations that have identified a need and seek funding to help them operate more effectively at an organizational level by addressing their organizational strengths and weaknesses and proposing goals that are achievable in a 12-month period with the funds allocated.   

 Proposals should fit one of the five major categories listed below:

  •  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.

 Your capacity building project should have an impact on your organization first, then on the clients your organization serves. 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. 


 Grants are made only to private, nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not private foundations. 

 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


 To apply, your organization must:

  •  Be a 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 25 percent of organization’s most recent fiscal year actuals
  •  Provide 990 tax returns for the past two years (if applicable)
  •  Provide a budget explaining how the requested funds will be used. Download a SAMPLE BUDGET.
  •  Currently serving bereaved youth
  •  Intend to use the entire grant capacity building initiatives
  •  Have at least one paid staff person

 Informational Webinar

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 you attending one or both of these sessions. Even if you don't have questions someone else may have a question you hadn't thought of.


Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at:

 Program Grant Applications

Remember, proposals will be accepted through July 11th, 2016. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Applications will not be accepted via email, fax or mail. Applications must be submitted on-line through the link below. There is a "save" function on the application, so the application does not have be completed in one sitting. 



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