In partnership with grantmaking institutions, we administer a comprehensive technical assistance (TA) program called Capacity Boost. Through our national alliance, we match local community development organizations with TA providers in their state or region who understand the local needs of their communities. Our Capacity Boost program provides TA that goes beyond grant-specific activities and compliance, empowering local community development organizations to navigate challenges effectively and optimize operational efficiency and organizational growth and impact.

FamilyAid Boston

 FamilyAid Boston got a Capacity Boost from the Community Opportunity Alliance as part
of TD Bank's Housing for Everyone grant program.

Areas of expertise

The Capacity Boost program enhances organization’s ability to carry out economic development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families. Our focus areas include:

  • Affordable housing development & preservation

  • Public policy development & research

  • Micro and small business development

  • Community economic development

  • Household stabilization and capability

  • Homeownership development, counseling & finance

  • Homelessness prevention & services

  • Resident services

  • Fair housing

  • Mixed-use development 

  • Social determinants of health

  • Creative placemaking

Technical assistance assignments

Assignments typically last 6-8 months depending on the scope and depth of the request. A predetermined blend of staff and expert consultants provide services critical to maintaining healthy, sustainable, effective, and efficient nonprofit organizations and achieving grant goals. These TA services will include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic planning

  • Human resources

  • Board development

  • Resource development

  • Grant management

  • Hiring & talent acquisition

  • Program design & development

  • Building partnerships or coalitions

  • Preparing community needs assessments

  • Community & stakeholder engagement

  • Management of information data systems

  • Reporting & outcome/Impact assessment

Ways to Participate

Community development organizations: Current participation is by invitation only. 

TA providers: To be a part of our consultant pool, view the application instruction. Once hired, Alliance staff will match you with TA requests from community development organizations in your state or region.

Funders: To find out how to partner with the Alliance to build the capacity for your grantees, contact Ha Nguyen at [email protected]

 Thank you to TD Bank for generously supporting the Capacity Boost TA Program.
We invite other funders to join us!