CACF: Strengthening Systems Grants

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Albemarle County, Buckingham County, Charlottesville city, Fluvanna County, Greene County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Virginia: Albemarle County, Buckingham County, Charlottesville city, Fluvanna County, Greene County Expand all

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Overview:

Our Community Endowment Fund provides grants that enrich our community, strengthen community systems and shape futures for our residents:

Strengthening Systems Grants

In 2015, the Community Foundation awarded three ‘Strengthening Systems’ grants to support programs that strengthen the formal and non-formal systems that are the fabric of our community, or that help individuals or community groups to access those systems

The Community Foundation invites concept papers for its Strengthening Systems grant track. Our goal is to work with partners to strengthen how services and activities are delivered and accessed in our community. Oftentimes, systemic limitations of insufficient capacity, lack of coordination, inefficiencies and access barriers keep community members from benefitting from programs and activities that are available. An underlying principle of this grant track is that the community is stronger when the systems in which services and activities occur are functioning well and community members can readily access them.

Through this grant track, we aim to work with partners to clarify their systems strengthening goals and outline the course of action needed to achieve them in a 2-3 year period. We hope to provide thought partnership and guidance through the proposal development phase, and for those selected for funding, we actively find ways to help you achieve program success. While funding provided will vary according to program requirements, we anticipate awarding grants in the range of $75,000-$100,000, annually,for 2-3 years

How is system defined?

For the Community Foundation, we define a “system” as the network of actors, policies and practices affecting the provision of services and activities. Generally speaking, systems are the environment in which activities take place and they can shape how well those activities impact the people for whom they are intended to reach. Systems occur in every sector and in various forms. 

This grant track is focused solely on improving systems delivery for the community, and not on strengthening internal systems within a single organization.

What is a program?

The Foundation defines a “program” as a defined course of action that involves a series of inputs, outputs and strategies that are designed to achieve a specified goal. Programming is working toward the achievement of goals, using grant funding or other revenue sources. Through this grant track, we aim to work with partners to clarify their systems strengthening goals and outline the course of action, or program, needed to achieve them in a 2-3 year period. We hope to provide thought partnership and guidance through the proposal development phase, and for those selected for funding, we actively find ways to help you achieve program success.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Criteria: The Grants Portfolio Committee uses the following criteria when evaluating proposed opportunities:
    • The presence of a system to be strengthened and how well the concept being presented fits with the goals of the grant track.
    • The size and scope of the system to be strengthened and whether the available funding could have an impact on the identified system.
    • The potential to successfully develop a course of action to impact the identified system.
    • The anticipated timeline and the partner’s current capacity to develop and implement a course of action to have the anticipated impact.


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