Types of Grants

The Cameron Foundation provides funding through the General and Technical Assistance grant programs. Each grant has a step-by-step application process, as well as steps that must be taken after the grant is awarded. It is important to review the general guidelines of our grants.

General Grants
The Cameron Foundation’s General Grants include:

Project or Program Grants – support the mission of the recipient organization and are intended to support a specific, connected set of activities that have explicit objectives. Whereas project grants have predetermined time frames and costs, program grants support ongoing activities of the organization. Applicants may include relevant administrative and overhead costs as long as those amounts are proportional with the prospective activities. Learn more »

General Operating Grants – intended to fund the ongoing operations of an organization, including the regular personnel, administrative, fundraising, and office expenses of existing agency programs. This type of funding is also known as “core support.” The Cameron Foundation will only provided general operating support for nonprofit organizations holding 501(c)(3) public charity status that are indigenous to and headquartered in the Foundation’s service area. The Foundation will not make grants to fund the operations of organizations based outside of The Cameron Foundation’s service region, or those whose primary services support clientele outside of that region. Government agencies are not eligible for general operating support. Learn more »

For General Operating Grants, The Cameron Foundation limits the proportion of an organization’s annual budget that it will provide to the following amounts:

  • For an annual budget less than $100,000, the Foundation will not make operating support grants exceeding 50% of that budget
  • For a budget between $100,000 and $500,000, operating support grants will not exceed 35% of that budget
  • For a budget greater than $500,000 but less than $1 million, operating support grants will not exceed 20% of that budget
  • For an organization whose annual budget is greater than $1 million, the Foundation generally will not make general operating support grants

Exceptions to this provision will only be extended — at the Foundation’s discretion and invitation — in situations where alternative financial resources are not adequately available and the community or constituency served would suffer greatly from the loss of the nonprofit’s services.

Requests for general operating support predicated on the loss of a major source of funding will be subject to the following additional restrictions. The organization should demonstrate that:

  1. There is significant and ongoing demand for the programs and services provided by the organization
  2. The organization lacks the capacity to respond to the loss of funding and such loss would result in a cessation or reduction of the programs and/or services offered by the organization, and
  3. A strategy to preserve the programs and/or services in the future has been clearly identified

Capital Grants – intended to facilitate the purchase of land, construction of and repairs to physical facilities, and the acquisition of equipment by an organization. Capital grant requests for construction projects may also include the costs of related technical services, such as legal, architectural, and engineering activities. Periodically, the Board sets priorities for capital grants in specific program areas and/or suspends capital funding altogether. Please refer to this website for related updates. For capital grants, priority currently is restricted to the following funding areas: Health, Historic Preservation & Conservation, and Community & Economic Development. Learn more »

Additionally, the Foundation will consider applications by 501(c)(3) organizations for capital projects for buildings and other property owned by governmental entities, subject to the following specific conditions:

  • The 501(c)(3) organization must be in existence for at least two years prior to the date of the application.
  • With the application, the 501(c)(3) organization must furnish a copy of the signed lease, contract, memorandum of understanding or other formal agreement between the organization and the governmental entity that provides for the use of the building or other property by the 501(c)(3) organization.

Special Capacity Grants – Technical Assistance Grants
The Cameron Foundation is committed to making strategic investments in the growth and survival of nonprofit organizations in its service region. To that end, the Foundation has construed its grantmaking in a manner that facilitates capacity building and organizations development for nonprofits. This approach is based in the belief that strengthening the management and governance of nonprofit organizations is critical to fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to improve the health and quality of life in the communities that it serves.

Technical Assistance Grants are intended to support organizational development and/or effectiveness through the provision of operational or management consultation services including, but not limited to, fundraising and marketing assistance, financial planning, program development, strategic planning, and board and/or staff development. The Cameron Foundation will only provide Technical Assistance grants to nonprofit organizations holding 501(c)(3) public charity status that are indigenous to and headquartered in the Foundation’s service area as well as local government agencies. Learn more »