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Strengthening Partners

Please Note: Grant Cycle Update

The Tower Foundation will now offer three opportunities per year to apply for funding for its Core Programs and Services grants (in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders) as well as for Technology and Small Grants (see below). This change from an annual cycle will ensure a shorter process that will help to lessen the administrative burden on grantees.  Learn more here.

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation accepts Strengthening Partners grant request three times each year. The Strengthening Partners portfolio currently comprises two grant programs that address critical operational needs that are often underfunded:  the Small Grants Program and the Technology Initiative. See "For More Information" below to view the "Strengthening Partners Guidelines" that outlines applicant eligibility requirements, how to submit a request through the online grants portal, and the 2017 grantmaking calendar.

What Does the Foundation Mean by "Strengthening Partners"

In broad terms, the Foundation's Strengthening Partners portfolio supports organizational capacity building activities. The Foundation recognizes the importance of strong organizational infrastructure to deliver high-quality, effective programming efficiently and to promote organizational sustainability.

Technology Planning and Implementation

The Tower Foundation seeks to strengthen its community partners by enabling them to align technology with their administrative and business needs, as outlined in their strategic or business plans.

The Foundation's Technology Planning and Implementation Initiative consists of two phases:

  • Phase I (Planning) - The Foundation will provide funds for not-for-profit agencies to hire a technology consultant to conduct a technology inventory and needs assessment; and to develop a two- or three-year technology plan that is explicitly aligned with the agency's strategic or business plan.
  • Phase II (Implementation) - The Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $125,000) to agencies wishing to implement an existing technology plan that is explicitly aligned with their strategic/business plan.

Small Grants Program

Our small grants program allows the Foundation to respond to short-term organizational needs in a simplified and expedited manner.  Eligible applicants can apply for a one-year grant of up to $30,000. 

Activities eligible for the Small Grant Program include:

  • Capacity development activities (e.g. organizational assessments, strategic planning, leadership development, professional development for staff)
  • Program planning and development (distinct from service delivery)
  • One-time capital projects or equipment purchases.

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our 2017 Strengthening Partners Guidelines