Though many grants available to nonprofit organizations aim to help them accomplish specific goals or expand existing programs, there are other opportunities designed to help nonprofits complete capital projects. These grants can help fund building repairs, grounds work and other such improvements.
Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant
The Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant program is one of the larger funding opportunities for nonprofits looking to make building improvements or expand their existing facilities. The foundation provides support to organizations that address the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in six specific areas: health, arts and culture, the environment, human services, education and community development. Buildings used for religious worship, facilities nearly completed at the time of the funding request and applicants who would use grant funding to pay off existing debt are not eligible for the award. To apply, organizations must submit a letter of intent after they've already worked to raise some funds for the project. The letter of intent must include information about the nonprofit organization, the project and fundraising campaign.
Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant 3215 W. Big Beaver Road Troy, Michigan 48084 248-643-963 kresge.org
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Capital Grant
The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Capital Grant is one option for nonprofits planning to make building improvements or embark on other capital projects. Providing organizations with up to $10,000, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council targets nonprofit organizations in Minnesota that have been operating programs for at least two years. In order to apply, organizations must submit a completed application packet that includes a cover letter, a narrative of up to five pages about the nonprofit's need, outreach efforts and project information, and a board of directors list.
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Capital Grant 2324 University Ave. W, Suite 114 St. Paul, MN 55114 651-645-0402 mrac.org
Kroger Co. Foundation Grants
The Kroger Co. Foundation offers grants to nonprofits in areas around the country where its company operates. Established in 1987, the foundation provides support to new nonprofit organizations and nonprofit agencies that address the needs of the hungry, people living in areas that have experienced a natural disaster, and people suffering from breast cancer. While the foundation doesn't use a specific grant application to make its decision, eligible organizations can submit proposals to their local Kroger's community relations department. Proposals should include an Internal Revenue Service tax exemption determination letter as well as a statement explaining the project and need for funding.
Kroger Co. Foundation Grants 1014 Vine St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513-762-4000 thekrogerco.com
Amanda Younger is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has had her work published in "The Chapel Hill Herald," "Time Out New York" and "Independent Weekly" among other publications. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism.