The Community Resilience Fund awarded $1.6 million in “change capital” to seven New York City nonprofits. These human service providers are using their awards to build their ability to adapt to current economic conditions and become more resilient in an era of scarce financial resources. Some of the activities the awardees are carrying out with the change capital include bolstering their fundraising and communications efforts, investing in fee-for-service revenue models, creating sustainable business models, and building infrastructure necessary to ensure quality service delivery. Many funders are interested in granting awards that directly support programs, so this type of opportunity is unique in that allows organizations to implement projects that could improve their long-term sustainability.

  • Besides grants that directly support programmatic activities, what sort of opportunities have just as much, if not more, impact on an organization’s ability to successfully deliver services?
  • These change capital grants are between $200,000 and $350,000 over an 18 month period. How can these organizations, particularly organizations addressing social determinants of health, continue to grow and secure sustainable financing when their awards run out? What potential pitfalls do they need to be wary of? What suggestions would you give to a recipient of one of these “change capital” grants?
  • For human service providers that don’t currently have access to a financing mechanism like the one that the Community Resilience Fund provided, what sorts of avenues can they look to for help in building economic capacity?

Ally Gotsell is a communications associate at ReThink Health. 

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