Taproot Service Grants
In-Kind Grants to Illinois, California, and New York Nonprofits
and Schools in Eligible Areas to Expand Capacity
and Schools in Eligible Areas to Expand Capacity
Foundation / Corporation
In-kind grants valued at $45,000 or more to Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles and San Francisco area, California, and New York City, New York, nonprofits and schools for professional consulting services that will enhance organizations' operations and efficiency. The grants will provide organizations with the tools needed to deliver better programs, receive more funding, and develop high-performing services.
Every service grant is delivered pro bono by a team of 5 to 6 business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help a nonprofit in their community.
Organizations must work within one of the Foundation's issue areas:
1) Arts - Providing leadership or education in the art community, while making the arts more accessible to everyone.
2) Education - Strengthening the public education (pre-K and K-12) system or enhancing the educational success of students.
3) Environment - Preserving and restoring the environment or caring for animal welfare.
4) Health - Improving people's physical or emotional health.
5) Social Services - Providing social services to those who have been unable to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community. Services usually target children and families, employment and training, the elderly, immigrants, the disabled, housing and homelessness or foster and adoption services.
1) Strategy Management
The Foundation's Strategy Management practice provides critical support for your organization's planning process, providing you with the data you will need to create a solid strategic plan and ways to monitor and measure your success in executing that plan.
2) Leadership Development and Strategic HR
Successful organizations master the art of finding and retaining top talent, operating effectively, and making sure that employees are working to advance the organizational goals. The Leadership Development & Strategic HR practice is dedicated to helping your organization assess and implement HR programs that will allow you to achieve those goals.
Successful organizations have consistent messages, visual identity, and marketing materials that fully reflect the quality of their work and organizational culture. The Marketing practice provides the tools to help you communicate clear and effective messages to the audiences you care about most.
4) Information Technology
Most organizations lack the resources to design and build essential technology tools such as a website or a Salesforce database. The Information Technology practice helps you create the building blocks you need to develop stronger relationships with funders, donors, clients and the community, while increasing the productivity of your staff.
Professional services are valued at $45,000 or more.
To be eligible for a Service Grant, an organization must:
- Be headquartered in one of the service areas
Chicago — Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties
Los Angeles — Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, South LA, Commerce/South Gate, East LA, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica/Venice Beach, and Orange Counties
New York City — Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn
San Francisco Bay Area — San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3), be under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3), be a program of a 501(c)(3) -or- be a public school.
- Have at least three full time employees and a budget over $350,000.
- Work within one of the issue areas
The Foundation does not provide services to:
- Organizations that promote religious doctrine.
- Organizations that lack written policies about discrimination or have a track record of discriminating on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious belief.
There are four grant rounds per year, with the following application deadlines:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Phone: 510-285-9200 x206 or 210
Phone: 213-988-6271 x303
San Francisco Bay Area:
USA: California: Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, South LA, Commerce/South Gate, East LA, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica/Venice Beach, Orange, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties; Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties; New York City: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn; New York: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn
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