Oak Foundation's Capacity-Building Program


Up to $10,000

Application Deadline

March 23, 2020

Overview | Grantmaking | Eligible Grantees | Information Sessions | How to Apply | Evaluation Criteria | Reporting Requirements | Important Dates | Staff Contact 

Overview & Update

Oak Foundation seeks to build effective organizations among grantees based in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties within North Carolina by providing grants which support organizational strengthening.  Oak has partnered with Triangle Community Foundation to lead this initiative. The partnership began in 2016 with the primary objective to provide grants and training support for Oak grantees in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

This cycle of the capacity-building program will include grants for customized capacity-building activities or an organizational assessment to identify specific capacity-building needs.  Oak Foundation will provide $400,000 in funding for capacity-building projects, of which $100,000 will be granted per year, over a four-year period.


Organizations may apply for grants of up to $10,000. Capacity-building projects must be completed within 12 months and organizations may be eligible to reapply for funding

TCF and Oak Foundation recognize that capacity building is an ongoing process, therefore, organizations are encouraged to identify one capacity-building project to focus on through this round of funding. Organizations are eligible to reapply for funding each year over the four-year period.  More information about the capacity-building categories can be found here.

Eligible Grantees

  • By invitation only

Information Sessions

Program staff will offer an information session on Tuesday, February 25th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM via webinar. RSVP here.

How to Apply

All application materials can be accessed by clicking the “Apply” button below, creating a profile (or logging in to your organization’s existing profile), and selecting the “Oak Foundation’s Capacity-Building Grant” process on the application dashboard.

Evaluation Criteria

Foundation staff work with volunteer advisory committee members to review proposals and reach grantmaking decisions. In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation will use the following evaluation criteria:

  • Connection to assessment findings, strategic plan or equivalent planning document(s) submitted.
  • Clarity of project plan.
  • Feasibility for obtaining project outcomes.
  • Resource allocation and organization readiness.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees will participate in a six-month site visit with Triangle Community Foundation and Oak Foundation and a call with Triangle Community Foundation at the end of the grant cycle. Grantees will also be required to submit a final report at the end of the grant cycle. 

Important Dates:

Call for proposals open:                      Friday, February 14th
Application Deadline:                          Monday, March 23rd at 11:59 pm
Grantees Announced:                         April 30, 2020

Grant Period:                                        May 2020 – June 2021
Interim Site Visits:                                November 2020

Final Grant Report:                              March – May 2021

Staff Contact

We want to be as transparent and accessible as possible. If you have general questions about the grant, the Triangle Capacity Building program strategy, or would like to talk about your proposal, please reach out to Tanaya Suddreth Lynch at tanaya@trianglecf.org

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Please reach out to us if you have questions PRIOR to the deadline!