NPP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
The grant cycle for awarding NPP Professional Development Grants is now open and will close September 4, 2020.
For 2020, small, competitive grants up to a maximum of $2,500 each, will be awarded to nonprofits in need of financial support to pursue professional development and training opportunities.
Requests for funding support are limited to three specific focus areas: leadership & management, fundraising & development, and marketing & visibility. Grant monies may be used for registration fees, training materials, and travel expenses. Each request will be judged on its own merit.
We believe that with increased skills and abilities, staff and leadership will have more tools with which to increase visibility, generate revenue, build capacity and deliver their programs and services.
SCF will notify applicants of their funding status within 7 to 10 working days from receipt of the request. Grant award checks will be processed and sent out shortly thereafter. Only NPP member organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Organizations interested in applying for funding should first read the eligibility and application instructions, then complete and submit the grant application form. These application documents will be available to review and download on or about March 5, 2020.
2020 NPP Professional Development Grant Eligibility & Instructions
2020 NPP Professional Development Grant Application Form
2020 NPP GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT GRANTS
General operating support, also known as unrestricted or core operating support, is an investment in a grantee’s mission rather than specific projects or programs. This kind of support allows grantees to use funds as they see fit to reach their goals—whether for salaries and overhead, to invest in technology, to hire a new staff member, or to fund a marketing campaign. General operating support can help nonprofits deliver programs and services, and help develop needed skills and abilities to sustain their organizations over time.
For 2020, this new annual NPP grant program will fund organizations whose mission and focus concentrate on developing or delivering solutions to the crisis of economic inequality, specifically employment training and job readiness. Only NPP member organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. The application cycle is tentatively scheduled to open in early September 2020.
According to a report published by ASR entitled Foundation Giving Solano County and the Bay Area (2018 Update), our County’s per capita funding increased between 2012 and 2016 from an abysmal $3 to just $6 in foundation grants. Solano County is the most underserved and under-resourced community in the nine-county Bay Area region. Solano also has the highest rate of family poverty (9%) across the Bay Area, yet has fewer nonprofits headquartered in the county to provide services.
In 2018 Solano County hired Learning for Action, a San Francisco-based consultancy firm, to conduct a nonprofit assessment. The results indicated that the greatest deficit for the 52 nonprofits was ‘Revenue Generation’ - most respondents scored at the ‘poor to non-existent’ level. Further, most nonprofits indicated they simply lack the capacity to secure sustainable funding.
For the inaugural round of grants made In 2019, SCF received 29 applications requesting general operating support. Through a competitive award processes we made 13 grants (between $2,500 and $7,500 each) to our nonprofit partners.
ABOUT THE NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (NPP)
The NPP Program was launched in April of 2009. It is supported in part, by annual membership contributions from partnering organizations and individuals. It is designed to strengthen, develop and serve Solano County nonprofits by enhancing organization visibility and needs, and assist in their development and capacity-building efforts.
Through workshops and grant opportunities (scroll down to view application form and instructions), NPP builds community and promotes partnerships with and between our local nonprofits, individual donors, the business sector, community leaders and decision makers.
Visit the NPP Fund page and use the 'Donate' button to pay your member fees. Partner with SCF and other nonprofit colleagues and build new relationships!
HOW TO BECOME AN NPP MEMBER
Membership is open to everyone; nonprofit organizations, businesses and corporations, government entities, and individuals. Each Program membership costs $75 per calendar year. NPP workshops are only open to NPP members. Larger organizations may wish to obtain more than one membership as each membership allows for the reservation of two seats at any or all NPP workshops offered. Please call the Foundation if you have questions about joining NPP or about paying the membership fee.
Follow these steps to become a member:
- Download and save a copy of the NPP Membership Form. Provide your contact information by typing directly on the form. You may also print the form and provide handwritten information (but please do so legibly).
- Make your check payable to Solano Community Foundation, or click here to access the NPP Fund page and make your online payment through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account).
- Regardless of the payment method you use, please return your completed NPP membership form to SCF via regular mail or hand-deliver it to Solano Community Foundation, 744 Empire Street, Suite 240, Fairfield, CA 94533. Or, submit your form to SCFthankyou@solanocf.org.
- Click here to register online. Select the workshop(s) you wish to attend and complete the registration form.
- To register by phone, call the Foundation at 707-399-3846.
- To register by email, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your contact information (phone no. and email address), the name of your organization, and the name of the workshop you wish to attend.
- You may also visit our offices and register in person.
- All NPP Workshops are held on Wednesdays.
- Preferred room seating capacity is 25. Registration for a seat at any of our workshops is made on a "first come - first served" basis. We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees from any organization to two, if seating availability is at or near capacity.
2020 WORKSHOP LOCATION & SCHEDULE
All workshops and meetings will be conducted at SCF, in the Buck Training Center located on the second floor.
Click on this link to view and download our 2020 NPP Monthly Workshop Schedule.
For 2020, there are two workshops offered for nonprofit board members. The topics and content of each is designed to familiarize and equip members with tools and resources needed to help them function at a high level of leadership. These sessions start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP TOPICS AND AREAS OF INTEREST
Solano Community Foundation offers these free workshops to Nonprofit Partnership Program members as a benefit of joining. NPP workshops cover topics of interest for nonprofit organization staff, leaders, and interested community partners.
Workshops are facilitated by experienced and qualified trainers and presenters who share their knowledge and skills with attendees and encourage them to participate. Content presented and materials provided are focused on current "best practices" related to organization development and capacity building, i.e., improving the performance and success of a nonprofit in delivering their programs and services.