Capacity Building

Over the past seven years, more than 100 nonprofit organizations have participated in capacity building seminars funded through a grant from the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children. These seminars provide Orange County nonprofits with training and technical assistance in areas such as financial management, strategic planning, nonprofit governance and grant writing. While the program itself does not provide funding, previous participants have received grants and additional funding using the techniques and strategies taught in the seminars.

Participants receive training through sessions facilitated by UCF School of Public Administration faculty and receive additional support from graduate students. As part of the series, participating organizations will develop or update an existing profile for the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search, a database that connects potential donors and partners with Central Florida nonprofit organizations. The series provides not only technical training but also opportunities for local nonprofit organizations to connect with one another — a key component of UCF’s institution-wide goal to continuously foster community engagement.


Applications from nonprofit organizations for FREE capacity building training and technical assistance are now being accepted. Applications are due no later than April 30, 2021.

Hope Central Inc. received a $40,000 grant after participating in the CPNM’s capacity building seminar. The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to decreasing the homeless and incarcerated population in Central Florida, received the funding from the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children.


  • 15 Orange County nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive capacity building training online and one-on-one technical assistance. The Capacity Building Seminar will address basic principles in four critical areas: 1) nonprofit governance, 2) strategic planning and program evaluation, 3) financial management, and 4) grant writing. This year’s seminar will be led by Dr. Deborah A. Carroll, Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration and Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.
  • During the program, participants will complete or update their agency profile for the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search database.
  • All course content and technical assistance will be delivered online through various virtual formats. One-on-one technical assistance will be provided virtually by UCF graduate students for a total of 20 hours per participating agency. The students will receive direct supervision and support from Dr. Deborah A. Carroll.
  • Participants fulfilling all the program requirements will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the seminar.
  • The seminar will run from May 21, 2021 to July 30, 2021 for nonprofits selected to participate.


  1. Agency must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a health and human service mission that is both located and provides services in Orange County, Florida.
  2. Agency must be in operation for at least one (1) year.
  3. Priority will be given to grassroots agencies with budgets of $500,000 or less.
  4. Priority will be given to agencies that have not previously received grant funding from Orange County.
  5. Agencies must commit two agency leaders (ideally a senior staff member and a volunteer board member) to participate in all online sessions and technical assistance (see schedule below and save the dates while awaiting notification of application status).
  6. In addition to participating in all online sessions, agency leaders will also: 1) commit at least three hours per week to review materials and submit assignments online, and 2) commit to working with their assigned UCF graduate student for 2-3 hours a week to complete homework assignments.
  7. Agency must have access to computer hardware and software as well as internet connection to access the online course content.
  8. Participants must be proficient in English. Language translation is planned for specific translation issues unique to the course materials.


  • May 21, 2021 - Orientation/Overview session and initial assessment survey
  • May 28, 2021 – Topic 1: Essentials of Nonprofit Governance
  • June 11, 2021 – Topic 2: Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation
  • June 25, 2021 – Topic 3: Financial Management
  • July 9, 2021 – Topic 4: Grant Writing Part I
  • July 23, 2021 – Topic 4: Grant Writing Part II & Wrap-Up
  • July 30, 2021 – Assignments Due


Please have the following information prepared to be submitted with your application:

  • Cover letter: include why this type of training would be beneficial to your agency at this time, a brief organizational overview, programs/services offered, service area, current funders, and description of leadership motivation to build capacity.
  • List of board of directors: name, position on board, term beginning and end date, community or business affiliation, and electronic contact information.
  • Statement of Activities (i.e. Revenue and Expense Statement) from most recent fiscal year.

Applications must be submitted by May 10, 2021.


For additional information, please reach out to the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at

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