Application Opens: February 1
Deadline: March 31

Organizational Development Grants

The Community Foundation of NCW, Icicle Fund, and Thriving Together NCW are partnering to offer 13 organizational development grants for NCW nonprofits in 2023 and 2024.

These $5,000 grants are designed for local nonprofits to collaborate directly with a consultant of their choice on a project to strengthen the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission and build towards long-term organizational resiliency.

Before applying, we recommend potential applicants view the recording of last year’s virtual workshop: “Getting Good Guidance – working with a consultant on nonprofit organizational development and capacity building”, presented by Fife Consulting & First Creek Partners.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Board development strategy
  • Funding strategy
  • Strategic growth and scaling
  • Merger, collaborations, or strategic alliance exploration
  • Communications strategy development
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) strategy
  • CEO/Executive Director succession planning

Examples of projects that are outside of the scope of this grant:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Feasibility studies
  • Staff training
  • Technology investment
  • Consulting activities that have occurred or been planned prior to receiving grant

Grant funds are intended to primarily cover consulting fees. Should consulting fees be less than $5,000 for the desired scope of work, funds may be used towards meeting costs (venue, food, etc.) and staff time to engage in the organizational development activities. Organizations may choose to expand the scope of work beyond the $5,000 grant with other funding sources. No partial grants will be awarded.

Strategic consulting engagements will require a significant investment of time and energy for staff and board leadership, typically over a 3 to 6-month period. Applicants will need to submit a letter signed by the Board Chair to confirm the organization’s commitment and readiness to take on the project. An organization may not be a good candidate for this grant if it is undergoing major upheaval (e.g., key leadership turnover, significant under-staffing, financial issues) or whose current capacity is otherwise limited.

Applicants will list at least 2-3 consultants they plan to interview for their project in the application. We have included a Directory of Nonprofit Consultants in NCW as a resource. The directory includes examples of the consultant’s past local clients to serve as references so that organizations can explore who might be a suitable match for their project needs. Applicants can also choose to work with someone outside of NCW. For a directory of consultants in the Pacific Northwest, check out 501 Commons’ Nonprofit Resource Directory.

  • Organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving and located in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, or Grant counties. Charitable nonprofits, serving and located in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, or Grant counties, that do not meet this criterion, can be fiscally sponsored by an organization that does. Government entities are not eligible.
  • Grantees chosen in 2023 are not be eligible to apply in 2024.
  • After grant decisions are announced on May 1st, grantees will have until June 30th to secure their consultant. Grants will be paid when the consultant, scope of work, and project timeline are confirmed. If the deadline is not met, funds may be allocated to another applicant on the waiting list.
  • Grantees will be required to participate in a reporting process after the close of the grant.


February 1, 2024 Application Open
March 31, 2024 Application Deadline (10pm PST)
May 1, 2024 Grant Decisions Announced
June 30, 2024 Deadline for Grantees to secure consultant. Grants will be paid once consultant, scope of work, and project timeline are confirmed.
June 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 Project timelines for the 3 to 6-month engagement are flexible but must be completed by June 30, 2025.

For questions, please contact Director of Community Engagement, Claire Oatey at or (509) 663-7716.



Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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