Application for Second Cohort of Early-Stage Operations + Planning Fund Opens May 9

The Steelcase Foundation is excited to launch its second cohort of Early-Stage Operations + Planning Fund Grants May 9, 2023. The Early-Stage Operations and Planning Fund provides multiyear investments and technical support for new and emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are vision and mission aligned with the Steelcase Foundation and are focused on driving social change through place-based programming or services. Through a three-year $150,000 general operating grant, nonprofits journey together to build their organizational infrastructure, receiving quarterly technical assistance focused on:

  • Developing a three-year tactical plan to guide the organization;
  • Creating/affirming mission and vision statements aligned to the purpose and target audience served by the organization;
  • Documenting programs and services offered and creating measurable outcomes to monitor progress;
  • Developing a sustainable fund development strategy;
  • Solidifying organization and program/service budgets;
  • Documenting organizational structure and job descriptions for paid and unpaid staff;
  • Obtaining knowledge on applying for grants with local funders. 

Applications will be accepted May 9-22, 2023