The Bainbridge Community Foundation recently announced a record $16,350 in “Capacity Building” grants would be awarded to 14 area organizations, the most recipients ever in the history of the program.
“Our nonprofits are always under pressure to put the maximum amount of available funds to their programs, but this often comes at the cost of necessary internal education,” said Debbie Kuffel, Bainbridge Community Foundation program and finance officer. “We’re thrilled to be supporting these 14 organizations who are committed to improving their long-term sustainability.”
Capacity Building grants were awarded to Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, the Battle Point Astronomical Association, the Bloedel Reserve, EcoADAPT, Housing Resources Bainbridge, Island Time Activities, Martha & Mary, Parkview Services, PAWS of Bainbridge/North Kitsap, and Raising Resilience.
Awards ranged from $500 to $1,500.
Capacity building is distinct from direct program services, general operating support or capital expenses, according to BCF officials, in that it is intended to increase the knowledge, skill level or efficiency of a nonprofit organization, its board members and staff.
This year’s recipients will reportedly apply BCF grants to such areas as board and staff development; strategic planning, marketing, volunteer training; as well as diversity, and also equity and inclusion training.