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Capacity Building

Community Chest of the Western Cape

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2011–March 31, 2013
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

The Community Chest of the Western Cape provides support to community-based organizations in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It makes grants and provides organizational development and governance training to community-based organizations. The training program enables newly established organizations to set up structures and systems required to function as professional institutions and meet the application requirements from funders. Past support enabled the organization to expand the training program to more rural areas using in-house and external facilitators, develop a customized database to manage information on the training program, and focus more resources on entry-level courses. This grant will support the grantee to continue to train community-based organizations in urban and rural areas, and develop additional courses that focus on youth development. Future plans include revamping training material, offering elective workshops to develop specific skills such as financial and volunteer management, and collaborating with similar institutions to deliver widespread training.