The is accepting applications to its Standard OCB Grants program.
The program provides support to nonprofits interested in making long-term improvements in their management, governance, and/or organizational capacity. Grants may be used for capacity-building activities that include but are not limited to strategic planning; financial management, including cash flow, budget development, and financial controls; program evaluation planning; communications and marketing, including website development, public relations, and the use of social media; resource development and fundraising; human resources, including professional development, succession planning, staffing structure, assessment, and retention; information systems management, including technology enhancements; board development, including assessment, recruitment, training, and structuring; and restructuring and relationship building with other nonprofit organizations aimed at strengthening service delivery, reducing costs, and sharing resources.
Standard OCB grants generally support consulting, training fees, information technology, staffing, and other costs directly related to capacity-building activities. Additional funding is available to OCB grantees for technical assistance support for seminars, workshops, short-term courses, publications, or other training related to organizational capacity building.
To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; have been in operation for at least three years and have annual revenue of at least $75,000; be located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, or McHenry counties in Illinois; and place a high priority on providing services to the elderly.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 15, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 1, 2018.
See the RRF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.