The Capacity Building program supports organizations' efforts to improve business practices, or add new knowledge and skills that forward organizations' missions. Awards may fund technical assistance projects, planning or evaluation work, staff professional development opportunities, or other initiatives that upgrade an organization's ability to do what they do. These internal projects help Ohio arts providers address new challenges, modernize practices and procedures, and strengthens their ability to serve their constituents.
Capacity Building grants are six-month or one-year awards for internal organizational development projects.
Funds may be used for a variety of expenses in an organization's efforts to improve practices, build skills, or engage in planning. Many grantees use Capacity Building funding to support outside consultant fees. Other allowable expenses include administrative expenses and planning and evaluation costs. Sample activities might include:
- A consultant-led board development project or new strategic plan
- Facilitated community conversations to evaluate ongoing programming
- A feasibility study to examine possible program or fund development expansion
- A staff team's registration costs and travel to a professional conference
- Professional development workshops for staff to improve technology skills
- Development of a succession plan or disaster preparedness plan
- A consultant-led study of combining administrative work with another nonprofit partner
Capacity Building funds cannot be used for projects whose primary activity is one of the following:
For additional information, contact the Ohio Arts Council at the information provided in the contact section of this posting.