Capacity Building Grant Program

​The CIC Capacity Building Grant Program was created to provide “seed money” grants for State Fund Members to enhance or expand their capacity to raise money to support their programs and member colleges. The grants are intended to provide start-up funding for new fundraising programs, particularly those which are targeted at attracting new donors and new financial support, or focus on other ways to enhance fundraising capacity for the future.



​Only CIC State Fund Members are eligible to apply for Capacity Building Grant funding. If you work for a private college or university, please contact the State Fund Member in your state.

 2013 Grant Recipients

Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) – A New Independent Look
FICF seeks to create and distribute a print and online booklet to spark new interest in independent higher education from federal, state, foundation, corporate, and local donors.

Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) – Improving Foundation Support
ICFNJ will subscribe to an online foundation search program and engage an outside consultant in refining the ICFNJ case for support.

Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) – Drive to 55
TICUA will host five regional meetings designed to move member campuses to the next level in their friend-raising and fundraising efforts in support of the Tennessee Governor’s “Drive to 55” campaign.

Independent Colleges of Washington – The Future We Want—ICW Repositioning
ICW will hire a well-seasoned grant writer with experience writing a large, multi-layered request to prominent foundations in the region. This person will also research and explore other funding sources that may apply to the goals and projected outcomes of this project.

West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities – Circle of Vision Board Referral Program
WVICU will hold “brainstorming/planning retreat” for its board of directors to review possible changes to its signature scholarship program, identify and reach prospective donors, and commit to a referral program.

 Access the Community Site

​Access the RFP and related material for the Capacity Building grant program on the FIHE Community Site.

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