Nonprofits receive $150,000 in capacity building grants

The Quad Cities  Community Foundation announced on Monday, July 1, the recipients of its spring 2024 Capacity Building Grants. Nine local nonprofits have received a total of $150,000 to build and strengthen the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that they need to serve their communities. CREDIT QUAD CITIES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

As nonprofit organizations grow, they need additional support to build their capacity and sustainably expand their impact in the community. The Quad Cities Community Foundation designed Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants for this reason.

The Community Foundation announced the recipients of its spring 2024 Capacity Building Grants in a news release Monday, July 1. Nine local nonprofits have received a total of $150,000 to build and strengthen the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that they need to serve their communities. Three organizations were awarded the maximum grant of $20,000.

“Nonprofits improve the lives of everyone in our region,” Kaleigh Trammell, grantmaking specialist at the Community Foundation, said in the release. “As they respond to the needs and growth in our region, they require support to become more effective and up-to-date. Community Foundation donors have passionately supported these grants, and the region is going to see a big impact as a result.”

The grantees are from a wide range of organizations and focus areas ranging from arts and culture to healthcare. What they all share is a mission of community service. Each organization is proactively strengthening its ability to serve the Quad Cities community, the foundation said.

The following nonprofits received spring 2024 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants:

  • ASWAS (A System Within A System) for leadership development and technology to improve mission, strategy, and program delivery: $18,376.
  • Ballet Quad Cities for a new Marley dance floor  in the Alder Theater, improving safety for dancers: $13,312.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley for increasing mission capacity and improving data management with a centralized data system: $13,000.
  • EveryChild for technology upgrades to improve mission and program delivery: $20,000.
  • Hand in Hand for strategic planning and DEI initiatives: $17,000.
  • Project NOW, Community Action Agency (CAA) for technology expansion and upgrades to improve program delivery as part of its Expanding NOW campaign: $20,000.
  • Soles for Children for mission, strategy, and leadership capacity to expand program delivery: $15,000.
  • Testimonies of Hope for Argrow’s House social enterprise expansion and increased service impact: $20,000.
  • WGVV radio station:  Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group Inc. for technology and software advancement to improve WGVV’s communications, strategy, and program delivery: $13,312. 

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are made from the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund, a permanent endowment fund supported by donors from across the region to address high-priority needs and opportunities in the Quad Cities as they arise. 

Community Impact Fund grants are also supported from the following individuals and families through their named funds: the Duncan J. and Dianne R. Cameron Community Impact Fund Endowment, the Elise A. Brett Fund, the Henry and Linda Neuman Community Impact Fund, the Hofmann Family Community Impact Endowment, the Irma L. Jepsen Community Impact Fund, the John & Pat Lujack Community Impact Endowment, the Louise Gerbers Community Impact Fund, the Marsha and Don Pedersen Community Impact Fund, the Mary Hubbell Waterman Community Impact Endowment, the Paul and Beverly Eckert Community Impact Endowment, the Ray and Jill McLaughlin Community Impact Endowment, the Richard and Sally Muller Endowment Fund, the Robert Cowles Community Impact Fund, the Susan S. Skora Community Impact Endowment, and the Wilbert Schaff Community Impact Fund. 

To support the fund, donate online or contact Anne Calder, vice president of development.

Another round of Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants will be awarded in the fall. Letter of interest forms are being accepted now through Sunday, Sept. 1. To learn more, visit https://www.qccommunityfoundation.org/nonprofitcapacitybuilding.

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