Capacity Building Initiative

Since 2018, when the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain started its Capacity Building Initiative, staff and board members from nonprofit organizations have benefitted from trainings, workshops, and webinars designed to help them strengthen their operations and address the increasingly difficult challenge of sustaining programs and services during lean fiscal times. Workshops topics range from fundraising, strategic planning, and building a strong team of staff and volunteers to board governance and marketing and the effective use of new technology. Organizations have also benefitted from mini-grants aimed at incorporating capacity building practices into their operations. An Executive Director’s Forum provides a place for Executive Directors to come together to network, exchange ideas, learn, share best practices and collaborate. Participants in our capacity building Initiative are finding it relevant and impactful.

The Initiative also includes a free onsite Nonprofit Lending Library and Resource Center (NPLRC) that provides relevant print and online resources focused on securing and writing grants, governance, and a variety of professional areas. The CFGNB has a subscription to the Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a powerful resource that contains information on more than 225,000+ grant makers. Due to the pandemic, we are able to make it available remotely through the end of the year so you can do searches from your location. CLICK HERE

In 2020, workshops and webinars focused on helping organizations to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic successfully. Capacity building grants helped local organizations make modifications, purchases, changes, or improvements that support operations or program delivery because of the pandemic.

For 2021, the following Capacity Building opportunities are currently available:

Links to
Scholarship support for grant writing training
Mini-Grants to help organizations with needs as a result of COVID-19
Participation in the Executive Director Forum
Fundraising workshops

Click here to learn more about the Initiative.