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Capacity Building Grant

Application period is closed

Does your organization need capacity building support?
Do you work with deaf communities?

Examples of capacity building include:

Program Design Management and Evaluation

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Board Governance

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Financial Management

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Healing and Restorative Justice

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Coalition Building

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Strategic Planning

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Organizational Development

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Strategic Communication

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Application Resources


Grant Announcement Video

Watch Grant Announcement Video in ASL


Initial Application Instructions Video

Watch Initial Application Instructions Video in ASL


Advanced Application Instructions Video

Watch Advanced Application Instructions Video in ASL


Timeline of UCF grants

Applications Due
September 20 – October 6, 2021
(11:59 PM CST)

Advanced Round
October 25 – November 18, 2021

Grant Selection
December 2021

Notification and Grants Disbursement
January 2022

Start Grant Funded Projects
February 1, 2022

What types of organizations are eligible?

Any organization serving deaf communities can apply as long as it is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or has a fiscal sponsor.

Are large organizations excluded from this funding opportunity?

The Foundation did not cap the organization size to be eligible for this grant. However, preference may be given (a) to organizations and communities who are often overlooked by philanthropy, (b) communities with less access to power and opportunities, and c) historically underrepresented and underfunded organizations.

What do you not fund?

The Foundation will not fund individuals, sponsorship or capital project (such as: construction, renovation, or expansion).

Is there a maximum request for smaller organizations?

The maximum request is $25,000 regardless of organization size.

Can an organization apply for multiple projects?

We encourage organizations to choose one project to focus on.

Is this recurring funding?

We understand that capacity building is a continuous process and contingent upon funding being available, as grantees, additional funding opportunities may be made available to you in the future.

What are the anticipated reporting requirements?

The Foundation wishes to keep the reporting requirement simple. Grantees will participate in a mid-year site visit and/or check in call. Grantees will also be required to submit a final report at the end of the grant cycle. Reports will be made available in American Sign Language, English and Spanish. Lastly, organizations receiving funding will need to share a story of what they have accomplished and how the money has been spent.

Evaluation Criteria

• Meets eligibility requirements
• Sufficient information provided in application to make informed decision
• Strength of proposal in addressing a capacity need that will either improve operational or long-term sustainability of the organization
• Level of impact this funding will have on community

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