Dyson Foundation Mini Grants

Dyson Foundation Mini-Grants

The Dyson Foundation Mini-Grant Program funds Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations to improve their internal operations, programs, administration, and management. Mini-grants enable nonprofit board, staff, and volunteer leaders to develop new skills by providing organizations with funds to hire consultants to lead specific capacity building activities. Organizations can also apply for mini-grants to defray the cost of conferences, seminars, and other training opportunities for staff and board.

The Dyson Foundation Mini-Grant Program will fund no more than 80 percent of a project’s cost, with a maximum award of $12,000. 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.

Following the completion of a consultancy or training project, an organization can apply for a follow-up mini-grant of up to $3,000 to cover the costs of enacting the results or recommendations of the project. Examples of implementation costs include: the purchase of new software or equipment; design or production of new marketing materials, including websites; or providing training to board and/or staff members.

Funding from the Mini-Grant Program is not available to the following:

  • government entities
  • private/independent schools, or public school systems
  • faith-based organizations
  • colleges, universities, hospitals, and other organizations with an annual operating budget of over $15 million

Examples of how funds might be used:

  • facilitation of a strategic planning process
  • succession planning
  • executive coaching
  • developing an advocacy and/or community organizing plan
  • developing a marketing and communication plan, including social media planning
  • resource development planning
  • training for board members
  • establishing or improving fiscal systems
  • developing personnel policies or personnel management training
  • attending a relevant conference or seminar
  • technology planning


Organizations considering the use of any consultant may want to review How to Hire a Consultant (PDF). Visit the Foundation’s How to Apply page to learn more.

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