Staff Support Grants

Staff Support Grants (formerly Cultures of Compassion Grants) are for nonprofits that want to improve their staff’s ability to serve with compassion by creating a program to address the staff’s needs.

Staff Support Grants can be used to support the staff during times of transition or conflict including (but not limited to) organizational growth, mergers, staff loss/grief, leadership or CEO transitions, and/or emotionally difficult seasons.

They are available to nonprofits in good standing that have received funding from the Trust in the last three years. The funds can support leadership training, staff development and/or consulting programs to address issues like turnover, staff communication, or staff burnout. Recipients of these funds are committed to increasing compassion, improving the work environment, and strengthening leadership through the implementation of a program.

Staff Support Grants require an in-kind match from the recipient, based on budget size. The maximum amount that can be requested for these grants is $20,000.

Less than $500,000
$500,000 to $999,999
$1,000,000 to $1,499,999
$1,500,000 to $1,999,999
$2,000,000 to $10,000,000

10% match
20% match
30% match
40% match
50% match

As a private foundation, our contribution beyond a certain budget percentage may tip a 501(c)(3) public charity into a 501(c)(3) private foundation status with the Internal Revenue Service. Learn more here about tipping.

To apply, email responses to the following questions to Please limit your total response to 500 words.

  1. Describe the issue(s) that is impacting the organization’s culture. How will you use Staff Support Grants to address the issue?
  2. What is the total amount of support requested from The Trust? Please list the in-kind contributions that your organization is contributing (including the dollar amounts).
  3. Please provide a detailed timeline that explains the time frame of your project/process.

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Applicants must also meet our general eligibility criteria.

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