Support to BCF annual Capacity Building Grants program helps organizations become more effective by increasing their internal capacity to function as a stronger, more effective organization.
BCF recognizes that one goal most organizations share is to perform their work more efficiently and effectively. This capacity building grant cycle is part of a program to help achieve that goal. Improvements in the areas of administration, governance, planning, and fundraising are most desired. Therefore, this grant cycle will be focused on building an organization's internal capacity in these areas in order to strengthen and support our local nonprofit sector as a whole.
Capacity building is distinguishable from direct program services, general operating support or capital expenses in that they typically seek to increase the knowledge, skill level and/or efficiency of a nonprofit board and/or staff. Capacity building services are typically provided by an individual outside of the organization that has the expertise and the ability to focus on one aspect of an organization's management. These include but are not limited to:
-Board / Staff training
-Analysis of programs, technology and fundraising
Youth sports are vital to the health and well-being of students, but many Bainbridge students cannot afford the cost of participation fees. The Bainbridge Youth Sports Access Fund was established as a fundraising vehicle to eliminate the financial barriers to Bainbridge High School youth participating in sports. Grant funds are distributed to Bainbridge High School, and distributed to youth in need via the School's existing confidential protocol.
The Community Response Fund is an area-of-interest fund to provide financial resources to nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs on Bainbridge Island, especially during times of economic hardship or human or natural disaster.
The Housing Action Fund is an area-of-interest fund established by the Bainbridge Community Foundation in 2009. The fund makes seed money available to nonprofits through revolving loan fund grants to take advantage of affordable housing opportunities.