The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

NYCON Staff Can Help You:

  • Determine your Capacity Building needs 
  • Provide you with a Project Proposal for your Mini-Grant Program Application

Contact Our Mid-Hudson Valley Office:

205 South Ave., Suite 101
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Phone: (845) 454-5062
Fax: (845) 454-6032
Contact: Kate Cox
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Management Assistance and Capacity Building Funding Available
Did you know that funding and other resources are available to help nonprofit board, staff, and volunteer leaders develop their governance and management skills? The Dyson Foundation’s Management Assistance Program offers mini-grants to Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofits for consultancy and training, which may be provided by the New York Council of Nonprofits, and is available to organizations located in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster counties.

By providing organizations with the financial support to hire consultants to lead specific capacity building activities, the Mini-Grant Program helps Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofits improve their governance practices, internal operations, program development, administration, and management to better achieve their missions.

Program Details If eligible, your nonprofit can apply at any time throughout the year as applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. The Dyson Foundation particularly encourages applications from organizations that:

  • have an annual operating budget of less than $1 million
  • were founded less than 10 years ago 
  • are in transition (e.g., significant growth, changes in leadership, reorganization, or similar circumstances)
  • have not received prior mini-grant funding from the Dyson Foundation

    Please note: The Dyson Foundation Mini-Grant Program will fund up to 80% of a project's cost, with a maximum award of $12,000.

Grantees are responsible for the remaining 20% of the project budget. Applicants may include overhead costs (up to 12% of the total budget) but not staff time on a proposed mini-grant budget. Organizations are generally limited to one mini-grant in a calendar year.

Examples of how funds might be used include:
  • facilitation of a strategic planning process
  • comprehensive or focused organizational assessments
  • resource development planning
  • training for board members
  • succession planning
  • executive coaching
  • developing a marketing and communication plan
  • establishing or improving fiscal systems
  • developing personnel management training or policies
  • attending a relevant conference or seminar
  • technology planning
  • developing an advocacy and/or community organizing plan



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NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State.  We strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.