Capital projects are frequently transformational, changing the arc of the nonprofit organizations that choose to build. However, capital projects are also complex. They can saddle grantees with unforeseen liabilities and can fail to live up to their promise to enhance or expand impact.

The following capital grant proposal guidelines, interim report guidelines, and final report guidelines compose a suite of tools designed to help grantees and foundation program staff achieve needed alignment on key issues throughout the capital grant lifecycle -- from due diligence to payment, monitoring, and closure.

These materials were generated through the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation's experience making more than 400 capital grants since 1980. They can serve as examples and thought starters that any funder can apply to support their own grantmaking -- and to strengthen their relationships with nonprofit partners regarding capital projects.

While some capital projects are for land acquisition and restoration -- particularly in the environmental field -- these guidelines are focused on capital grants for facilities, including new buildings and renovations.