Local nonprofits awarded more than $100,000 in grants

The Quad Cities Community Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to eight local organizations to help them build their capacity. The Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants provide funding to local organizations for staff training, board development, strategic planning, succession planning, technology, and critical equipment needs to help them transform their ability to carry out their mission.

Grant recipients this spring include Dress for Success Quad Cities, which will receive $15,000 to help the organization better meet the needs of the women and families it serves through board training, strategic fundraising, and new software.  

“At the Quad Cities Community Foundation, we live our mission by making nonprofits stronger and more effective,” said Dana Berggren, Grants Management Specialist at the Community Foundation. “The recipients of our spring 2017 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants are taking their work to the next level. We’re honored to support them." 

The Community Foundation will award up to $110,000 in additional Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants in the fall. Online letters of interest for fall grants are being accepted now through September 1, 2017.

The capacity building grants at the Community Foundation are designed to help organizations build internally so they can perform at their highest potential. “This can mean something different for every nonprofit, from purchasing better technology to providing training to staff members so that they can offer new services to clients,” Berggren said.

The following organizations have been awarded Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants in spring 2017:

  • Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. — Technology Upgrades: $15,000

  • Dress for Success Quad Cities — Board Training and Education: $15,000

  • Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. — Technology Upgrades: $7,014

  • Quad City Arts — Technology Upgrades: $15,000

  • Quad City Botanical Center — Staff Training: $15,000

  • River Music Experience — Strategic Planning for Curriculum Development: $14,900

  • Susan G. Komen of Greater Iowa — Strategic Fundraising Plan: $6,100

  • WQPT Quad Cities PBS / Western Illinois University Foundation — Technology Upgrades: $15,000

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.