Grow Your Roots Mini-Grant

Grassroots Fund grantees from the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund are encouraged to increase their effectiveness by expanding their organizational and administrative skill through a capacity building mini-grant. Please review the following information before applying.

About the Mini-Grant

The Grassroots Fund’s Grow Your Roots Mini-Grant provides money to help Grassroots Fund grantees attend trainings, hire consultants, and purchase materials to develop organizational skills such as fundraising, bookkeeping, communications, board development, personnel management, computer skills and IRS 501(c)(3) issues like lobbying.

A Mini-Grant may support any of the following:

  • Attend an in-person or online capacity building training
  • Hire a consultant
  • Purchase software
  • Subscriptions such as the Grassroots Fundraising Journal
  • Books such as Writing to Make a Difference by Dalya Massachi
  • Online directory subscriptions such as Foundation Center
  • And much more!

All grantees of the Grassroots Fund within the past four years are eligible to receive up to $330 of mini-grants per year.  We hope that boosting your group’s “back office” capacity will help you achieve greater success in all of your programs. The mini-grant covers 80% of the costs of a training, consultant, or other materials, and require a 20% match from the grantee.  (For example, if a training costs $100, the Grassroots Fund would pay $80 and the grantee would pay $20.) Additionally, those traveling more than 75 miles round trip to attend a training will receive a modest travel stipend.

A grantee can send more than one person to a training, or send a representative to multiple trainings, but the most that will be awarded to any one group is $330 per year, not including travel reimbursements.  Being awarded a mini-grant does not change your group’s eligibility for regular grants from the Grassroots Fund.

We hope that you will be able to take advantage of the mini-grant program. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. And, please give us feedback about how well the program works, or does not work, for you.  Telling us about your experiences will help us improve the program to make it better for everyone.

Check Eligibility for the Mini-Grant

Click here to review eligibility for the mini-grant.

Deadlines for Mini-Grants

There is no deadline, but if you are applying to attend a training or webinar, we must receive your application 14 days prior to the event’s date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before applying for a mini-grant, please read these Frequently Asked Questions which explains deadlines, what types of trainings are in-bounds, who is eligible for a travel reimbursement, and more.

Training Resources

When applying for a mini-grant, you can use this list of training providers as a resource. They provide workshops in nonprofit management, fundraising assistance and much more. Mini-grants are not limited to this list of providers. Check for classes at your local community colleges and adult education schools.

Complete the Mini-Grant Application

To fill out a web form, click here.  If you are unfamiliar with our online system, contact us for assistance. If you need the application in a different format, please contact us.

What Happens Next?

The Grassroots Fund will send a check made out to the grantee organization (or fiscal sponsor) in 2 weeks or less. This check will include travel reimbursements if applicable.

You are responsible for enrolling in the training with the training provider directly (don’t send any training registration forms to us).

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