Local nonprofits receive $120,000 in grants from the Community Foundation

The Quad Cities Community Foundation has awarded more than $120,000 to 11 local organizations to help them build their capacity. Community Foundation's Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants provide funding to local organizations for staff training, board development, strategic planning, technology, and critical equipment needs to help them transform their ability to carry out their mission.

"At the Quad Cities Community Foundation, we know that nonprofits can serve more people in our community if they are equipped with the right combination of technology, strategy and mission," said Kelly Thompson, director of programs at the Community Foundation. "This grant program invests in organizations looking to invest in themselves so they can strengthen their work."

The Community Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming the community through the generosity of its donors, awards Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants in the spring and fall each year. Online letters of interest for 2017 grants will be accepted now through March 15, 2017.

This fall's grantees span an array of organizations and missions, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley, who will implement a nationally-recognized education program for parents, caregivers and teachers of children experiencing mental health challenges. The program, which will be offered free of charge, will help participants understand the impact mental health conditions have on one another and how people can work effectively as a team.

The following organizations have been awarded Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants in fall 2016:

  • Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities—upgraded technology, $13,476;

  • Iowa Legal Aid—upgraded technology, $7,860;

  • Junior Achievement of the Heartland—upgraded technology, $15,000;

  • Lydia Home—upgraded technology, $4,483;

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley—mental health education training program, $15,000;

  • Palomares Social Justice Center—upgraded technology, $3,276

  • Putnam Museum and Science Center—strategic planning; $15,000;

  • Scott County Family Y—mobile website enhancements; $15,000;

  • The 180 Zone—strategic planning, $15,000;

  • Unity House of Davenport, Inc.—upgraded technology, $6,177

  • YWCA of the Quad Cities—upgraded technology and board development, $10,564

Grants are made from the Community Impact Fund, a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation that enables the Community Foundation to respond to high-priority needs and opportunities in the community as they arise.

Learn more about our Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants here.