A number of grantees receive capacity building support through DSYF’s four funding areas, but DSYF believes so strongly in this work that we established a separate Capacity Building Initiative that builds on our regular grantmaking. The Initiative’s objective is to increase DSYF’s commitment to strengthening youth-serving nonprofits in Los Angeles County — helping them achieve their missions by offering grant support for such purposes as staff training, creation of new staff positions, board training, facilities development, and technology purchases. We also provide regularly-updated information resources about capacity building on our website, along with a self-assessment instrument for youth-serving agencies.

DSYF periodically convenes nonprofits and funders in Southern California to explore the challenges of capacity building for youth-serving agencies in our region.

Youth-serving nonprofits can apply for grant funds to support capacity building activities of their own choosing; these requests will be considered independent of any program requests, and you may ask for both program and capacity building support at the same time. However, please note that capacity building grants are currently one-time-only to allow as many grantees as possible to receive this support.  Capacity building grants are only available to current or past DSYF grantees.

If you are seeking capacity building support, we ask that you use the Quick Assessment Tool to help define your needs, and include detailed responses to its five questions in your Letter of Inquiry. You will receive a decision from DSYF staff shortly thereafter. The maximum grant amount that can be requested for capacity building is $25,000. Please submit your capacity building request separately from any program requests, and include a copy of your 501(c)(3) tax determination letter with each request.


If you are seeking capacity building support, we ask that you use this tool to help define your needs.