Institute for Sustainable Communities
ISC proposes a 2 year capacity building program to address the organizational capacity needs of small and mid-sized nonprofits across the Gulf Coast and invest in the Gulf Coast Fund's long term ability to better serve those groups. GCF empowers historically disenfranchised Gulf Coast communities through grants to community-based nonprofits. The only organization of its kind serving the entire region, GCF reaches across state lines to connect nonprofits in these under-resourced communities with one other and to much-needed technical assistance. Its mission and grantees, align closely with CNCS priority areas of environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and disaster services. The project taps ISC's extensive capacity building expertise, honed through 20 years of work in the U.S. and internationally, to: help GCF become a stronger, more sustainable organization that can continue to serve, support, and build the capacity of others in the region, while also delivering tailored capacity building services to up to 60 GCF grantees on performance measurement and other priority topics identified through an assessment process, as well as providing capacity building training to a broader group of nonprofits in the region.
Lead: Institute for Sustainable Communities, Montpelier VT
Partner: Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, New Orleans, LA
Based on ISC's tailored organizational assessment methodology, a combination of group trainings, individualized technical assistance, and ongoing coaching will be provided by a team of experts to select GCF grantees as well as to its staff and leadership.
Target: under-resourced coastal communities in Gulf Coast states of TX, LA, MS, AL, and FL.
Serving 156 nonprofits: GCF, up to 20 GCF Advisory Group member-led nonprofits, 60 GCF grantees, and up to 75 other community organizations.
Total amount requested from the CNCS is $375,000