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The Lab Capacity Building Program

Opportunity for California Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
to Participate in a Leadership Training Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sacramento Region Community Foundation and Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies

Deadline Date:

03/08/21 5:00 PM PST


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Opportunity for California nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to participate in a leadership training program. The program is intended to help new and established managers explore innovative approaches and problem-solving methods. Successful applicants will attend a series of guided sessions to identify and address a specific challenge that has challenged their organization’s ability to increase its community impact. Eligible applicants are located in the greater Sacramento region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties). All meetings of The Lab's 2021 cohort will be held virtually.

The Lab is a seven-month leadership program intended to accelerate new ideas in the social sector, build nonprofit innovation skills and capacity, and strengthen and support nonprofit leaders so that local communities benefit and thrive. An established leader (typically the Executive Director) and an emerging leader from each participating organization bring with them a challenge that has stymied their organization’s ability to increase its impact and work collaboratively during the span of the program to resolve it.

At monthly facilitated sessions, the leaders from participating nonprofits help each other identify and pursue actions to bring their ideas to reality. In addition, Executive Directors from the participating nonprofits receive one-on-one coaching to help process what they learn and determine how to apply it throughout their organizations. Between sessions, participants put their plans into action. This allows the participants opportunities to test ideas, better understand their target audience, and gather feedback.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194706

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Lab is offered at no cost to the nonprofit leaders who participate.

Term of Contract:

Monthly sessions will take place from May to November 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Lab is designed for organizations that:
- Can have their Executive Director and one emerging leader participate fully, and both leaders are resolved to commit the time and resources required to attend all sessions of The Lab and an additional 4-8 hours of work between sessions;
- Are ready to take risks, build connections, innovate, and iterate;
- Have committed staff members who are open to change and believe that capacity building will further their agency's mission;
- Have a Board of Directors that recognizes the need for training/program enhancement; and
- Have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) and are located in the four-county greater Sacramento region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties).

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar was held on February 11 to learn more about The Lab and its fit for your organization.

View the recording here:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Launch: February 12, 2021
- Application Deadline: March 8 at 5 p.m. (PST)
- In-person Interview: Weeks of March 15 and March 22
- Cohort Announcement: March 29

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about The Lab, contact Monica Haulman, Program Manager, at

For technical assistance with the Foundation's grant system, contact

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
955 University Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA, 95825
(916) 921-7723

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USA: California: Greater Sacramento region: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties

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