Through CCER, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has awarded capacity building grants, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000, to Philadelphia area nonprofits that are working to improve economic conditions for their clients and communities. Recipients of grant funding also engaged with NFF in free comprehensive capacity building and training. All capacity building services are free and cost share is not required.
NFF's Capital & Capacity for Economic Recovery (CCER) program was designed to build the capacity of organizations that address the broad economic recovery issues present in the five-county Philadelphia area, including helping low-income individuals to: secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to state and Federal benefits and tax credits.
Through the CCER program, NFF awarded capacity building grants, ranging in size from $15,000 to $30,000, to nonprofit organizations located in the five-county Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties). Recipients of grant funding also received comprehensive consulting services, including capacity building support and financial training. All consulting services were provided at no charge to the recipients.
This program is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It was created through funding for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Strengthening Communities Fund Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.
"Small Nonprofits Solving Big Problems" draws on NFF's experience working with 22 nonprofits through the CCER program, as well as our 30 years of work with small social service organizations nationwide. It highlights these nonprofits’ common financial challenges and offers suggestions for how they and their supporters can enact financially stabilizing practices in response.