Capacity Building Grants Program

Capacity Building CycleInvesting in Capacity

Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Capacity Building Grants program supports organizations that are actively striving to improve the efficiency and efficacy of their work by investing in core operations. These grants focus on supporting an organization’s internal capacity, funding short-term projects that must be completed within six months.

2017 Awards

Applications for the 2017 Capacity Building Grants Program will be accepted between 10/10/17 and 11/8/17. Applications must be submitted by 9:00 pm Pacific on the due date.  Applicants will be informed in mid-December of funding decisions. To learn more or apply, download our PDF overview. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Kuffel, Program & Finance Officer, at 206-842-0433 or

2016 Awards

In 2016, the Capacity Building Grants program focused on nonprofit board and staff development in the areas of leadership, budgeting, fundraising, and strategic planning. These awards will assist five organizations in strengthening their internal capacity.

Organization Grant Purpose Amount
Bainbridge Island Land Trust Leadership development and succession planning for long-term effectiveness of the organization $1,000
Bainbridge Island Village Board recruitment and training as well as development of a comprehensive fund development strategy $1,400
Friends of the Farms Staff and board training in the areas of fundraising, governance, and planning $1,500
Housing Resources Bainbridge Development of a 5-year strategic plan on organization sustainability and how to best implement the organization’s mission $1,400
Tenants Union of Washington State Board training on fiscal management, strategic planning, as well as conflict resolution $1,200

2015 Awards

With funding from the 2015 Capacity Building Grants program, five grantee organizations were able to accomplish the following:

BIMA Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) received funding to conduct a board retreat and hire a professional facilitator to assist leadership while developing a three-year strategic plan (its first). Our Capacity Building Grant helped this vibrant start-up organization build long-term stability, bolstering its place as one of the island’s cultural icons.

BILTBainbridge Island Land Trust developed an annual work plan matrix to coordinate the efforts of board, staff, and committees as they work together to realize the organization’s new strategic plan. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust combined its BCF Capacity Building Grant with a companion grant from the Land Trust Alliance to hire an outside consultant to review the strategic plan. In addition, this led to a revision and further refinement of the strategic plan.

BISNFBainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation (BISNF) hired a professional facilitator to lead a series of board planning meetings, including consultations with key community stakeholders. The organization initially set out to address organizational needs and educate themselves about fundraising however, after began the process of exploring organizational structure and efficacy, the organization discovered sufficient issues to absorb the allotted time. BISNF focused on defining their constituency, exploring its changing needs, establishing new partnerships and attracting new board members, and identifying opportunities to expand and improve operations.

Friends_of_the_FarmsFriends of the Farms received funding to hire a professional facilitator to plan and lead a nonprofit fundraising retreat to train board members. The facilitator identified areas for improvement in tracking donor cultivation and stewardship, insights into meaningful relationships with donors, and helped to establish strategies to increase donor retention. The board emerged energized and inspired.

YWCA of Kitsap County hired a professional consultant to survey staff and board members, and implemented data to inform a day-long strategic planning session that will guide the organization for the next five years. As a result, YWCA emerged with a new five-year strategic plan and board development plan, each with measurable outcomes. The organization also recruited four new board members. Turnover delayed the production of work plans to achieve the goals of the strategic plan; these are currently in development.

“The support of Bainbridge Community Foundation and its donors has been instrumental in transforming a good idea of four years ago into to a vibrant and effective program with a proven track record that delivers multiple benefits to our community.”
—Bainbridge Island Land Trust