January 1, 2021

2021 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Fund ($2,500 Per Grant)


2021 Nonprofit capacity building grand fund

The submission period for our current round of grants is CLOSED! To see the awardees of this round, click here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


Forward Community Investments (FCI) has committed our grant funds for 2021 and funds from other sources to support small nonprofits that have changed their operational model or services since 2020. This need‐based, micro‐grant program will provide immediate financial support ($2,500 per grant) for capacity building expenses.

​Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible to receive one of these $2,500 grants, organizations must

  • Be a 501c3 organization or a project sponsored by another 501c3, located in Wisconsin, serving people of color, low to moderate-income individuals, or other marginalized groups.
  • Have less than 10 FTE’s and an annual budget of less than $500,000.
  • Not be an affiliate of a national organization
  • Work towards reducing racial and economic disparities.
  • Have an unexpected expense in 2020 or 2021.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out a short, online application that is designed to take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
  • Applications Closed!

Selection Process:

  • We will be accepting applications from Monday, May 10th – Friday, May 21st.
  • Eligible applicants will be placed in a pool and we will conduct a lottery to identify the awardees.
  • Awardees will be announced during the week of May 24th.
  • Contact Tom Behnke at tomb@forwardci.org


  • If you received a Game Changer Grant or Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grant from FCI in 2020 or 2021, you are ineligible for this opportunity.
  • Each entity, including subsidiaries, can apply once.

Will this grant be offered again?

  • We are working with multiple funders throughout the state to generate additional resources so that we can offer these grants again.
  • Please check back on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates.
  • To be included in our grant opportunity notification list, contact Tom Behnke at tomb@forwardci.org

FCI Granting Overview

  • What is our Mission & Vision
  • What is our Grant Making Philosophy
Previous Awardees

To see who have been awarded grants from this fund see below:

If you are not on our distribution list for upcoming grant opportunities, email Tom to ensure you are on the list!

For more information on funding opportunities and grants contact us.

To contribute to this pool of funds for social justice grantmaking, make a donation today!

Become an FCI Borrower

Read more about how to become an FCI borrower and how we work to direct our funds so as to help eradicate socioeconomic and racial inequities across the state.
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