Organizational Capacity-Building Mini-Grants provide support of up to $1,000 for organizations who wish to prioritize strategies for strengthening the effectiveness, capacity, and long-term health and sustainability of their organizations. Support will typically range from $500 - $1,000 to cover the cost of organizational capacity-building activities. Priority is given to small, community-based organizations that are serving historically disinvested communities. Mini-Grants will be processed as reimbursements after the activity has taken place, unless the activity/registration can be booked or paid for directly by the Wallace Center.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitated strategic planning sessions
  • Organizational training on racial justice
  • Team retreats
  • Coaching on team development and effective collaboration
  • Peer site visits to connect with and learn from partners
  • Hiring consultants or subject matter experts to assist with projects such as:
    • Funding or communications strategies
    • Succession planning
    • Board development
    • Volunteer recruitment and community engagement
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Financial management

Application Requirements

  • Applicant organizations must be a verified member of the Food Systems Leadership Network
  • Applicant applying on behalf of the organization must be a verified member of the FSLN
  • Applicant organizations must be a nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor
  • If you are seeking support to procure professional services, you are required to upload documentation of the service provider's rate
  • Required documents:
    • Completed Simple Budget for organizational capacity building activities. You can download the Simple Budget Template here.
    • Completed Organizational Capacity Assessment document. You can download the OCAM here

It is recommended, but not required, that applicants provide matching funds of at least 33% of the total cost of associated activities. Organizations demonstrating match will be awarded up to 2 bonus points (out of a total 20 points) on the scoring rubric. Priority will be given to small, community-based organizations that are serving historically disinvested communities.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Organizational Capacity Building Mini-Grants, complete the online application and upload the two required documents when prompted in the application (Budget, OCAM). 

If your application is approved, an Evaluation Report will be due two weeks after completion of the activity. All reports must be submitted by the final date of the activity period. We will send a link to the evaluation report to all awardees.             

Please note that recipient organizations are only eligible to receive support once per calendar year.

2018 Mini-Grant Application Schedule

  • Round 1: 
    • Application opens January 24 
    • Application closes at 11:59 PM Central Time on March 1
    • Notifications by March 15
    • Approved activities between April 1 – July 31
  • Round 2: 
    • Application opens June 1 
    • Application closes at 11:59 PM Central Time on July 1
    • Notifications by July 15
    • Approved activities between August 1 – December 31

Notification on the status of each Mini-Grant request will be sent by email to each applicant within two weeks of the application period closing date

Questions? Email with 'Mini-Grants' in the subject line.