Ten Quad Cities nonprofits receive nearly $100,000 in capacity building grants


The Quad Cities Community Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 to 10 Quad Cities nonprofits to strengthen their ability to do their work. The Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants provide funding to local organizations for staff training, board development, strategic planning, technology and more to help them carry out their missions.

Helping nonprofits build capacity is one of the best ways to help them accomplish their mission, said Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives.

“We are interested in strengthening the nonprofit sector in the Quad Cities for long-term sustainability. This particular funding equips nonprofits with support for things like technology and strategic planning, so they can focus on their infrastructure and move forward in their mission,” Thompson said. “It’s a worthy investment as these organizations work to meet the needs in our community. Each of these organizations is utilizing this funding in exciting, transformative ways.”

The following organizations have been awarded Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants this summer:

  • Alternatives for the Older Adult—strategic plan development: $6,000

  • Davenport Community Schools—staff training: $7,500

  • Friendly House—technology upgrades: $10,500

  • Friends of Hauberg Civic Center Foundation—website development: $5,000

  • Gilda’s Club Quad Cities—technology upgrades: $14,521

  • McCausland Volunteer Fire Department—critical equipment needs: $7,500

  • Nahant Marsh Education Center—staff training: $10,500

  • Robert R. Jones Public Library—technology upgrades: $5,000

  • Scott County Kids—staff training: $15,000

  • William Butterworth Foundation—consulting and planning support: $15,000

The capacity building grants at the Community Foundation are designed to help organizations perform at their highest potential, Thompson added, and the funding is used in a variety of ways each year. Grants are made from the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund, a permanent fund started by donors in the community so that the Community Foundation can respond to high-priority needs and opportunities in the Quad Cities as they arise.

A 2018 grant recipient of a Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant, River Bend Foodbank, recently installed wireless remote technology to monitor the temperature of their warehouse, freezers and refrigerators 24 hours a day. The technology helps to ensure that the food stored in their warehouse is kept safe and ready to be placed into the hands of Quad Citizens who are food insecure.

Another round of Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants will be awarded in the fall. Letters of interest are being accepted now through September 1, 2019. To learn more, click here.

Ted Stephens III