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Capital Grants

About this collection: This Content Collection includes several articles and briefing papers from family foundations that have used capital grants as a core part of their strategy, along with sample guidelines for capital grants.

A capital campaign is an intensive fundraising effort organized to meet a specific financial goal within a specified period of time. Included within the classification of a capital campaign are such projects as the construction of a facility, purchase of equipment and endowment support. A capital grant should do more than just build or renovate a building. An ideal capital grant helps an organization that is already strong. Capital projects, when done right, can be transformational, changing the arc of the nonprofit organizations that they support.

This Content Collection includes several articles and briefing papers from family foundations that have used capital grants as a core part of their strategy, along with sample guidelines for capital grants.

Colleague Perspectives and Guidance

Building Impact: Tools for Making Good Capital Grants

Article
Capital projects are frequently transformational, changing the arc of the nonprofit organizations that choose to build. Unlike program grants that aim to advance change in complex systems, the process for a capital grant is seemingly transactional: a grant is made, and a structure is built or renovated. As many nonprofits …

Capital Grants Discussion Paper (Eckerd Family Foundation)

Tool
This paper describes the Eckerd Family Foundation’s conception of an ideal capital grant. It goes on to list criteria for such grants, categories in which they are awarded, and funding guidelines, including a consideration of whether a capital grant should challenge an organization to raise matching funds.

What should my foundation consider when reviewing a request for a capital grant?

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While capital grants are technically just one aspect or component of a robust grantmaking strategy, there are a few questions and considerations that are unique to capital grants. There are campaign considerations like a strong fundraising strategy, building considerations like effective design, and evaluation processes. The Eckerd Foundation has provided …

Capital Grants Guidelines Examples