Capacity Building

ACT offers grants to support nonprofits seeking to implement capacity building measures within their organizations. These tangible activities (software, equipment, marketing resources, consultant project, new staff, etc.) are linked to needs identified within the organization - often through a strategic plan or organizational assessment.

In response to feedback from our Listening & Learning Tour, this year, ACT will be piloting a spring and fall grant cycle.  This will provide nonprofits the opportunity to determine which grant cycle works best for their organization.  All applications must be submitted online through Foundant, our grants management system. 

2017 Application Dates & Deadlines

Spring Grant Cycle

Letter of Inquiry Available – Monday, April 24

Letter of Inquiry Due – Monday, May 15

Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal – Thursday, May 18

Full Proposal Due – Thursday, June 8

Fall Grant Cycle

Letter of Inquiry Available – Monday, October 2

Letter of Inquiry Due – Monday, October 23

Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal – Thursday, October 26

Full Proposal Due – Thursday, November 16

If you have questions about the grant opportunities, please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org

Past Grants Awarded: 

In 2016, ACT invested more than $75,000 in Strategy Implementation grants for nonprofits serving Alexandria. In the past decade, ACT has awarded more than $800,000 in capacity building grants. 

2016 Grant Recipients include: Alexandria Soccer Association, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Carpenter's Shelter, Community Lodgings, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, The Reading Connection and Together We Bake. Read more about the 2016 grantees here

2015 Grant Recipients included: ALIVE!, RunningBrooke, SCAN of Northern Virginia, The Campagna Center, The Child & Family Network Centers, Together We Bake and Wright to Read. Read more about the 2015 grantees here. 

2014 Grant Recipients included: Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria Soccer Association, Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, Carpenter's Shelter, Casa Chirilagua, Center for Alexandria's Children, Friends of Guest House and Space of Her Own Inc. 

2013 Grant Recipients included: Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., ALIVE!, Center for Alexandria's Children, Community Lodgings, Parent Leadership Training Institute, Space of Her Own, The Child & Family Network Centers, The Reading Connection, and Wright to Read.

Past grantees include: Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., Alexandria Seaport Foundation, ALIVE!, Center for Alexandria's Children, Computer C.O.R.E., Friends of Guest House, Hopkins House, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, New Neighbors Education Center, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, Space of Her Own, Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, The Campagna Center, The Child & Family Network Centers, The Reading Connection, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria, and Wesley Housing Development Corporation.