Non-Profit Funding

Capacity Building Grant Program

United Way of Broome County is committed to strengthening the capacity of local nonprofits to address the ever-evolving challenges and opportunities facing our community. To this end, United Way of Broome County has established the Capacity Building Grant Program as a means to provide financial resources, either individually or in concert with other funders, to strengthen the ability of community partners to effectively and efficiently respond to these challenges and opportunities. The Capacity Building Grant Program provides funding to support and strengthen local not-for-profit agencies through capacity building and capital projects.

Eligible organizations must align with one or more of the following:

Strategic Priorities:
1.    Health
2.    Education
3.    Financial Stability

A Foundation for a Quality Life: Basic Needs

Collective Impact Initiative: Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC)

Application Requirements


All applicants must meet and provide evidence of the following requirements:

• Be a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization
• Be incorporated or chartered under appropriate federal, state, or local statutes
• Abide by federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination
• Have an active, locally based, volunteer Board of Directors that meets regularly, makes policy decisions, and holds election of officers
• Have an administrative structure with defined lines of responsibility, a mission statement, and bylaws
• Be financially stable and perform a regular budgeting process
• Have current license, certification, and permits if applicable


Funding awarded to applicants shall be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.


The total amount requested from the United Way of Broome County for all work related to the project must not exceed $15,000. Exceptions may be considered in consultation with Paula Perna, Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Planning, 607-240-2014.


Interested applicants should follow the instructions below.

Letters of intent are due Thursday, February 13, 2020.
LETTER OF INTENT (Due by Thursday, February 13, 2020)

To be eligible for funding, organizations must complete a multi-step process that begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI provides a very broad but concise description of the project requesting funding.

If your organization is interested in applying for multiple projects for 2020-2021 funding, a LOI will need to be completed for each project to be considered.

The LOI can be accessed here.

All LOIs must be submitted by 3:00PM on February 13, 2020. Once submitted, United Way of Broome County staff will be in contact via email to provide access to the funding application.

PROPOSALS (Due by Friday, March 6, 2020)

The Capacity Building Grant Program is now open.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2020. All required attachments must be uploaded in PDF file format. Applicants must answer all questions in full. Hard copy paper applications will not be accepted, and late applications will not be reviewed. Please see RFP for more information.


1. Project budget

Please provide an accurate, detailed program budget. Please submit the budget using the template here.

2. Agency budget

Please provide the requested agency budgets outlined in the RFP.

3. Financial Statements

Please provide one requested financial report outlined in the RFP.

4. Board List

A complete list of the organization’s current Board of Directors with officers, affiliations and term dates noted. Please submit the Board of Directors using the template here.

Applicants are encouraged to call Lindsey Mott, Community Initiatives Manager at 607-240-2007 with any questions about this grant program.