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Nonprofits in Eligible Counties to Strengthen Operations

Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP)

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Western New York (WNY) Foundation

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In-kind support to New York nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to strengthen operations and enhance their ability to perform successfully. The grant is intended to offer local organizations a chance to participate in a process that will evaluate their capacity needs in coordination with an organizational development consultant. Grantees will also receive a $10,000 stipend. Eligible nonprofits are headquartered in one of the seven counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming.


  • Measure the organization’s strength in select core competency areas with two online organizational assessments. The BoardSource assessment focuses on board governance and leadership. iCAT focuses on core capacities such as leading, learning, planning, managing, resource generating, and overseeing.
  • Match with an organizational development consultant with specialized knowledge of the nonprofit community who will provide evidence-based approaches to meet the agency’s hierarchy of needs over time.
  • Review the results of the assessment analysis. The consultant will utilize the data from the assessments, information gleaned from key agency stakeholders, and a review of various agency documents to create a capacity matrix. The matrix will represent the shared understanding of the agency’s current state of organizational capacity and its various dimensions.
  • Explore areas of opportunity and address capacity-limiting challenges through a series of deliberate steps and a combination of complementary strategies such as assessments, strategic planning, information sharing, training, technical assistance, coaching and evaluation. Setting the foundation for assessing organizational capacity needs and gaps will inform and guide capacity strengthening initiatives throughout the iCAP engagement.
  • Plan strategic solutions that build nonprofit adaptability and resilience. Design a capacity building plan, with an accompanying action plan that includes goal and progress measurements, that supports organizations in achieving current and future goals. 
  • Implement recommendations through leveraged implementation support dollars. The foundation is committed to supporting capacity building plans and will use its resources to leverage additional support to successfully realize plan implementation. The Western New York Foundation believes that investments in organizational capacity increases agency effectiveness and encourages big-picture thinking that leads to growth, greater impact, and stronger collaboration.

A stipend will be awarded to the organization that can be used to offset administrative expenses or support additional capacity efforts related to iCAP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193689

Estimated Size of Grant:

A $10,000 stipend will be awarded to the organization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements
- Grants are limited to non-profit organizations that have obtained tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code.
- All applicants must have three years of 990 filings in order to be eligible to apply for a grant. Please note that postcard filings do not meet eligibility criteria.
- The Foundation supports small to mid-size organizations. Small to mid-size being defined as organizations with budgets between $250,000 and $6,000,000.
- Grants are limited to agencies that are physically headquartered in one of the seven counties of Western New York.

Grants for the following types of groups and uses are not made:
a. Religious Organizations for Religious Purposes
b. Political Organizations, Campaigns, and Candidates
c. Medical & Science Sector
d. Higher Education Institutions
e. Private, Charter, Public, and Religious Schools
f. Municipal and Government
g. Grants or Loans to Individuals
h. Fund-Raising Events, i.e. Sponsorships, Tables, Dinners, and Telethons
i. Endowments
j. Scholarships
k. Capital Campaigns
l. Operating Expenses
m. Programming

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: December 6, 2021
- Application Due: January 14, 2022

Please note that it is normal practice to schedule a meeting with applicants after receiving and reviewing their proposals, schedules permitting. This is exploratory in nature and does not in any way indicate a predisposition of the Board toward approval.

The Foundation will allow the submittal of one application per 501(c)(3) organization at a time.

Organizations who have been granted an award may reapply to the Foundation two (2) years following the final payment of a grant.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Western New York Foundation
2495 Main St, Ste 464
Buffalo, NY 14214
Office Number: (716) 839-4225
Cell Number: (410) 245-2036

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USA: New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming Counties

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