Capacity Building at the Health Fund


The Health Fund knows that nonprofits have a critical role in empowering people and communities across the state to improve their health. Every day, we see organizations working diligently for a healthier Michigan—often constrained by tight budgets, restricted funds, and a small scale. We seek to equip health-focused nonprofits with the funding, tools, and training to level up their work and focus on their mission. To that end, we offer a range of options to grantees to help them build and find additional capacity.

2023 Capacity-building grants

Available for both individual organizations and collaboratives, the Health Fund makes capacity building grants of up to $150,000. Our 2023 progam is now open! We will be accepting concept papers and proposals on a rolling basis and announcing grant decisions in three cycles throughout the year, with deadlines for each listed at right.

For more details about timelines, proposal criteria and the application process, please view the RFP. View our past capacity building grants here and read about the other capacity building resources we offer to grantees below.



From January 11, 2023


Applications open
Concept papers due
January 26, April 20, July 27
Proposals due
February 23, May 16, August 21
Grants announced
May, August, November

Additional capacity building resources

Trainings & Webinars

The Health Fund regularly holds trainings and workshops based on grantee needs and feedback. To receive news about the latest events, subscribe to our emails and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Attend/Present Scholarships

Organizations that would otherwise not have the means to attend professional conferences are invited to apply for the Health Fund’s Attend/Present Scholarship. We welcome applicants who will use conference attendance to help build networks, inform thinking, shape projects, raise professional awareness, set the stage for future work, or build the field as related to the Health Fund’s mission. Click here for more information. 

Eligibility: All current and past Health Fund grant recipients are invited to apply. 

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Catchafire: Skilled volunteers looking to help you

Catchafire connects nonprofits with passionate, pro-bono professionals for consulting as well as full projects. You might work with a marketing expert on a website upgrade or a new flyer, talk to a veteran CEO about strategic planning, or find an excel whiz to help you organize your budget. The possibilities can be overwhelming, so we recommend checking out Catchafire’s Discover page, watching a webinar we hosted for Health Fund grantees, or joining one of Catchafire’s topical webinars. 

Eligibility: The Health Fund offers Catchafire access to all health focused nonprofits in Michigan, and other Michigan nonprofits might be eligible through the One Michigan portal.  

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MemoryFox is a storytelling tool for capturing stories and sharing impact, all rolled into one simple-to-use platform. You can collect testimonials from program participants, centralize photos of your work in action, present compelling narratives to donors, and more. Check out these examples to learn more: 

Eligibility: All Health Fund grantees and partners are eligible for a MemoryFox subscription. 

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Listen4Good helps organizations gather and analyze client feedback data for fundraising, strategic decision-making, and advancing equity goals. Register for one of Listen4Good’s upcoming informational webinars or schedule a time to chat with a Listen4Good teammate.

Eligibility: All Health Fund grantees and their project partners are eligible to participate with Listen4Good.


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Michigan Nonprofit Association technology partnership

The Health Fund partners with MNA to provide technology assessments; funding of up to $5,000 for new equipment such as laptops, monitors, servers, and conferencing software; and up to two years of cybersecurity support.  

Eligibility: Participation requires an organizational technology assessment and depends on the size of the organization. 


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Network for Good Jumpstart program

This immersive, yearlong program pairs organizations with a personal fundraising coach, who helps in acquiring, retaining, and upgrading individual donors. In addition to dedicated coaching, the Jumpstart program includes technology tools and technical assistance designed to help you execute strategies built with your coach, fundraise more effectively, and take advantage of heightened online giving. 

Eligibility: Cohorts are offered annually. Organizations must complete an assessment to be eligible. 




View our past
capacity building grants

2022 Capacity Building Grants

Adoption Option Inc.
Capacity Building Through Increase Annual Planning

AYA Youth Collective
Merger Final Phase Integration

Battle Creek Community Foundation
Capacity Building for the Battle Creek Shelter

Brilliant Detroit
Community-based birth: a public education campaign

Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills Inc.
Next Steps: Implementing Feasibility Study Recommendations

Child and Family Charities
All Children-All Families (ACAF)

District Health Department #10
North Central Network: Expanding Capacity for Collaboration

Ele's Place
Ele's Place DEI Journey

Family Service and Children's Aid
Building Capacity for An Effective Black-Led Organization

Focus: HOPE
One Focus Technology Platform

Generations United
Ypsilanti Intergenerational Community Solutions Institute

Gilda's Club Metro Detroit
Growth, Leadership & Strategic Planning Support

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Voices Integrated, Informed, and Amplified

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Assessing External Perceptions to Rebuild Internal Capacity

Heart of West Michigan
United Way Food Systems Assessment and Plan

HOPE Hospitality & Warming Center, Inc.
De-Congregating HOPE's Shelters

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
JFS Certified Medical Interpreters for Refugee Populations

Lansing School District
Strategic System and Service Alignment

Michigan Breastfeeding Network
Milk Like Mine Capacity Building Request

Michigan Breastfeeding Network
Sacred Bundle Birthworker Collective

Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance
Ground and Grow - Increasing MiCHWA's Internal Capacity

Michigan Farmers Market Association
Improving Data Collection & Utilization at Farmers Markets

Michigan Public Health Institute
Southeast Michigan Alliance for Addiction-Free Communities

Michigan State University
Health Equity Report Card

Midland Area Community Foundation
Equitable Access to Wellbeing across Midland County

New City Neighbors
Financial Management and Fiscal Capacity Expansion

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
OCSN Evaluation and Leadership Support

Pontiac Community Foundation
Expanding Access to Transportation Services in Pontiac

Ruth Ellis Center, Inc.
Ruth Ellis Institute Income Generation Model

Spectrum Health Foundation
Advancing Breastfeeding Justice in Kent County

Starr Commonwealth
Campus Feasibility Study and Capacity Building Initiative

Sturgis Area Community Foundation
SACF Quality of Life Dashboard

The Family & Youth Institute
Reducing behavioral health barriers for Muslim Americans

United Way of Midland County
Great Lakes Bay Region United Ways Capacity Building Project

United Way of Southwest Michigan
Building a Network of Turned Outward Organizations

Wayne Children's Healthcare Access Program
KHC Data Interchange & Interoperability Development

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
Interactive Online Training Platform for Volunteers

2021 Capacity Building Grants

AgeWell Services of West Michigan
Meals on Wheels and Lunch and Activity Centers Tech Growth

American Heart Association, Inc.
It Takes a City Collaborative

Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Oakland Together Social Isolation Lifeline

Atlantic Impact
Our Town Cares

AYA Youth Collective
Circles of Support for Homeless Youth

Catherine's Health Center
Expanding Awareness of Access to Care

Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills Inc
Feasibility Study: Adaptive Skiing Lodge & Equipment Project

Community Action House
Deepening collaboration - Lakeshore Food Rescue

Family Support Center of Barry County
Building a Trauma Informed Barry County

Focus: HOPE
Next Steps: The Focus: HOPE Volunteer Management System

Four County Community Foundation
Improving Health Outcomes for Lapeer County Seniors

Generations United
Intergenerational Innovation Hub for a Healthy Michigan

Greater Villages Community Response System

Habitat for Humanity Detroit
Return Home Safe 

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Behavioral Health Planning Initiative in the NMCHIR

Heart of West Michigan United Way
Collaboration Planning for FNC and Food Policy Council

Henry Ford Health System
Improving Older Adult Healthcare in a Virtual Environment

Huron Valley Ambulance, Inc.
Community Paramedic Sustainability Collaboration

Agency Integration Project

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc.
Strategic Framework and Succession Planning

Metro Solutions Inc.
Connections of Faith, Health, and Hope

Michigan Breastfeeding Network
Collaborative action to advance Black breastfeeding justice

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
MiHIA and THRIVE Website Redesign Effort

Michigan Primary Care Association
Improving Community Partnerships for Elderly Adults

Non-Profit Enterprise at Work, Inc. (NEW)
Building Blocks

Non-Profit Enterprise at Work, Inc. (NEW)
Raising Royalty Evaluation Project

Packard Health, Inc.
Creating a Wellness & Prevention Roadmap at Packard Health

Prevention Michigan, Inc.
Board Development and Rebranding

Project Healthy Community
Organizational Synergies Advancing Community Health

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders
LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Timebank Collaborative

Superior Health Support System
Strategic Support Initiative

The Regents of the University of Michigan
Title IVE to Prevent Infant Mortality

United Methodist Community House
The Fresh Market at UMCH

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation
Tackling Systemic Racism through DEI Training

United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Southeast Michigan Community Information Exchange

Washtenaw Health Plan Corporation
Establishing a Washtenaw Latino Health Services Consortium

2020 Capacity Building Grants

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association
Michigan Community-based Doula Summit

Bridging Communities, Inc.
The BCI Volunteer Training Initiative

Child and Family Charities
Mid-Michigan Trauma Collaborative

Community Food Club
Community Food Club Model Replication Project

Community Housing Network, Inc.
Implementing a Trauma Informed Care Approach to Services

Ele's Place
Increasing Evaluation Capacity

Focus: HOPE
Design Thinking for the Food Justice Program

Food Gatherers
Community Voices Project: Integrating Equity into Evaluation

Greater Midland
Greater Midland: Growing our Sustainability

Health Net of West Michigan
Building Capacity Through Development of Internal Expertise

Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Inc.
SafeSpace​: Environmental Health Home Screening Application

Holland Free Health Clinic
Increasing Access to Healthcare through Intake Enhancements

Little Brothers--Friends of the Elderly
Capacity Building for Donor Stewardship

Michigan Breastfeeding Network
2020 MIBFN Network Meetings and Community Conversations

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
Optimizing Evaluation Metrics of the THRIVE initiative

Michigan Transportation Connection

Mosaic Counseling
Integrated Database System

Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association
Capacity Building of César E. Chávez Farmers’ Market

ShareCare of Leelanau, Inc.
The Costs and Benefits of Aging in Place

The Wayne County SAFE Program
Improving Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions
UPHCS - Evaluation Capacity Building Project

For more information about any of these programs, contact Veronica Marchese at

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