2018-2020 Cycle: Building Nonprofit Capacity
to Combat Poverty in Our Neighborhoods
ToolBox Grants provide Tarrant County-based nonprofit organizations with capacity building grants to improve their strength and stability. Capacity building projects address organizational effectiveness, leadership development, or operational efficiency, and are intended to be one-time, transformative investments. ToolBox Grants do not fund programs or general operations.
The 2018-2020 grant cycle is focusing on nonprofits serving the neighborhoods with the highest poverty levels in Tarrant County. Recent City of Fort Worth research, coupled with the Community Foundation’s report, Growing Up in North Texas, highlights the many ways in which multi-dimensional poverty (e.g. scarcity in education, health, income and employment) impacts local families. Specific neighborhoods in our community are disproportionately affected by the compounding impacts of poverty.
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Tarrant County
- Neighborhood associations in target neighborhoods (must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor)
Nonprofit Focus Areas
- Health (physical or mental)
- Community Enrichment (arts, culture, beautification, etc)
- Small organizations (Budget under $200K) $2,500-$7,500
- Large organizations (Budget over $200K) $7,500-$15,000
- Neighborhood associations (Budget under $20K) $500-$1,000
Note: The request for ToolBox funding should represent 50-100% of the total cost of the project. See FAQ for further information.
- Projects must address:
- Organizational effectiveness
- Leadership development
- Operational efficiency
- Projects must be linked to the organization’s capacity to make a significant difference in one or more of the target neighborhoods
- Click the link below to read the full RFP for examples of eligible capacity building projects and additional information
December 21, 2018 – RFP Released to Nonprofits
February 8, 2019 – Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)
March 22, 2019 – Proposal Deadline
April 15, 2019 – Award Notification
April 25, 2019 – ToolBox Celebration
Before Beginning Your Proposal:
• Make sure you understand the criteria for the grant and meet all eligibility requirements.
• Understand the range of amounts that will be awarded.
• Verify your status as a nonprofit and your nonprofit status on www.guidestar.org.
Consider the following:
• Number to be served by the project
• Timeline for completion
• Best practices in the field
• Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and a detailed strategy for how you will accomplish it
• Are there other sources of funding?
• Is the amount of money you want to request realistic based on your organization’s current staffing and finances?
• Is the timing right to submit this proposal? Is it premature?
When Writing Your Proposal:
• Keep the deadline in mind and give yourself time to work on the proposal.
• Read each question and answer it clearly and concisely.
• Write your proposal so that someone with no knowledge of your organization could clearly understand your project.
• Include a clear organizational budget (expenses and income) and project budget.
• Ensure responses are in the correct format.
• Before submitting the application, make sure you have answered each question fully.
• Call Garrett March if you have questions at 817-877-0702, or e-mail him at
• CASA of Tarrant County: StrengthsFinder training to equip staff to identify and build on strengths in themselves, their volunteers, and the children they serve
• Community Hospice of Texas: Consulting to develop a bequest-focused giving program to increase support for uninsured patients and their families
• Eastside Ministries of Fort Worth: Nonprofit management courses, board development, and the Create Good conference
• Rivertree Academy: Board development to enhance the board’s ability to lead Rivertree’s continued growth and impact
• Tarrant Literacy Coalition: Consulting for strategic plan development and the purchase of a new donor database
• AB Christian Learning Center: Develop a new website to provide information and obtain feedback necessary to meet the needs of families
• Christian Community Assistance: Software and hardware that will provide an upgrade to their client database and documentation system
• Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County: Tablets to pilot the caseworkers’ use of remote technology in providing services in school, as well as a database update
• Community Food Bank: A technology overhaul, including new computers, software, and a server, to reduce operational friction from downtime or interruptions on their system
• Como Lions Heart, Inc.: Development of a new website and consulting services to develop a strategic plan
• Cornerstone Assistance Network: New computers to replace current computers reaching the end of their service life
• Guardianship Services, Inc.: A new server and upgraded technology that will be utilized in their financial exploitation prevention seminars
• Imagination Fort Worth: CNM-pact portal technology to track program outcomes
• Live Thankfully: Coaching and consulting to help the agency be more efficient in the areas of fundraising, leadership, and board management
• Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools (for Manual Jara Elementary): 36 laptops that will be used in conjunction with a technology class for their Parent University program
• NewDay Services for Children and Families: New hardware and a server to increase and enhance program delivery
• Tarrant County Homeless Coalition: Purchase of the Outreach Link mobile application for local homeless outreach teams to utilize in serving the unsheltered homeless population
• LinkED: On-site technology and diagnostic testing to serve schools and organizations
• Arlington Life Shelter: Consulting services to examine and define their family program outcomes
• Clayton Youth Enrichment: Trauma-informed care training from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU
• Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School: Training for staff in the “Framework for Understanding Poverty” model
• Diamond Hill North Side Youth Association: A community needs assessment to develop a community action plan and train local wellness champions
• Early Learning Alliance: Consulting services to support ELA members in using the Results-Based Accountability model
• Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition: Improvements for their Customer Relationship Management software to automate and integrate processes to enhance program outcomes and constituent partnerships
• Fortress Youth Development Center: CNM-pact data collection portal and consulting, and training in the “Bridges out of Poverty” model
• JPS Foundation: Support for outreach strategies to increase utilization of services for high-need youth at two Western Hills area JPS School-Based Health Centers
• Lena Pope: Funds to provide training in Conscious Discipline for child-care facilities that serve children from low-income households
• Renaissance Training Institute for Empowered Living, Inc: Nonprofit management consulting services
• The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation: Funding to provide Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training in targeted high-poverty neighborhoods
• The Ladder Alliance: Consulting services to develop a fund-raising strategy to achieve stability and growth goals, and training to use the software DonorPerfect more effectively
• Trinity Habitat for Humanity: Training to equip staff to address financial issues facing families that do not qualify for a Habitat home
• University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation: Funds to conduct a needs assessment of communities served by the Pediatric Mobile Clinic
• WestAid: Consulting services to map a strategy to meet physical space and board development needs to better leverage community investment
Giving Our Children the Tools to Succeed
The focus of the 2014-2016 cycle was the early learning sector. These grants allowed organizations to provide high-quality early learning opportunities to the children of Tarrant County. Through this investment, the North Texas Community Foundation aimed to improve outcome for children and produce lasting benefits for our community.