Capacity Building Micro Grants

Evolving our grantmaking to better support nonprofits

We believe that strong nonprofits make vital contributions to transforming communities like ours, and we know that nonprofit leaders need skills, tools, and resources to respond to their communities' needs—and their organizations' needs—quickly, efficiently, and effectively.


Launched in 2015, our Immediate Need Grants responded quickly to the pressing needs of the Sacramento region. Following internal and external assessments we conducted in 2017, we have revised the program's grant criteria to magnify one of its three focus areas: capacity building.

Our Capacity Building Micro Grant program swiftly supports organizations pursuing capacity-related projects that will greatly impact their ability to serve the community. This iteration of the funding opportunity maintains the spirit of the Immediate Need Grants program and reinforces its alignment with our mission to transform our community through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving.

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A capacity building grant to the Sacramento LGBT Community Center installed an expandable IT system and client database to better support the agency's ongoing programs and services.

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We will embed what we learn from the pilot-run of this program into our future work, so we can continue meeting community needs as we grow into—and expand—this effort throughout 2018, so please stay tuned!


Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.

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