Capacity Building Mini Grants

What is capacity building? Shape Up SF’s Capacity Building Action Team is pleased to be issuing its third round of capacity building mini grants to small nonprofits. Read about our past grantees and what they accomplished with their mini-grants.

Shape Up SF defines capacity building as whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Grants for capacity building typically support infrastructure or administrative expenses, rather than programmatic expenses. Examples include technology upgrades, coaching, accounting help, strategic planning, board coaching, leadership training, etc.

What is the purpose of this mini-grant and how much funding is available? The purpose of this grant is to support the capacity of small nonprofits to serve the community. There are four $10,000 grants available with a grant contract of 1 year.

Who can apply for this grant? You must meet ALL criteria to apply.

  1. Organizations must have a focus on healthy eating and/or active living
  2. Organizations must be based or provide services in San Francisco
  3. Organizations must have a budget of less than $600,000 a year
  4. Organizations must have leadership (board and/or staff) from the communities they serve
  5. Organizations must be a 501c3 or fiscally sponsored by a 501c3.
  6. Organizations who received a grant from Shape Up SF in the last 3 years are not eligible to apply

If funded, grantees are expected to:

  1. Attend Shape Up SF quarterly meetings (third Thursdays of February, May, August and November from 1-3 pm)
  2. Participate in Shape Up SF’s learning community
  3. Participate in evaluation


Shape Up SF (SUSF)  is a coalition of SF organizations that envision an equitable, thriving community where all who live, work, learn and play in San Francisco enjoy optimal health. Our mission is to advance health equity in San Francisco by collaborating with community on systems changes that increase nutrition security and active living.

Shape Up San Francisco formed the Capacity Building Action Team (CBAT) in 2018 to advance health equity through mutual learning and capacity building that leads to systemic changes for healthy eating/active living-focused nonprofits and funders. To achieve its mission, CBAT uses the following strategies: offering mini-grants, trainings, mentorship, technical assistance, resources, and organizing convenings with healthy eating/active living-focused nonprofits and funders for sustainable growth and impact.



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