Funding | Grantmaking Overview | Transformational Capacity Building

Learning & Leadership Grants

The Transformational Capacity Building Fund supports Inatai grantees in growing their knowledge, capacity, and capabilities for building power in their community. Conferences, workshops, and training programs can be an effective way to strengthen your team’s skills, but can be financially out of reach. Under this fund, our Learning & Leadership grants are designed to help your organization bridge this gap.

Eligibility Requirements

  • This opportunity is only available to current grantee organizations. 
  • There is a maximum of one grant per organization per year.
  • The training or conference focus should support your organization to strengthen capabilities in supporting your community to build power. 
  • We are a statewide foundation and we recognize the importance of investing in communities across Washington. As we continue to learn and grow, our focus on geographic equity continues to develop. At this time, we will be prioritizing grantee organizations in the following counties: Adams, Lincoln, Douglas, Klickitat, Wahkiakum, Jefferson, Columbia, Asotin, Garfield Grant, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Okanogan, Cowlitz, Whitman, Skamania, and Snohomish.
        A person stands on the left while holding a microphone and speaking into it as another person is seated at a table on the right listening intently.

        Mason County HOST Executive Director Kim Rinehardt shares her experiences with a group of community leaders. Photo: Uly Curry

        Three Latina women smile for the camera at a community event.

        Members of the community enjoying La Casa Hogar’s Día de la Mujer event in Yakima. Photo: Rebecca Waterford

        How to apply

        Please plan to submit at least 60 days before and up to one year before the specified training or conference.

        If you meet the eligibility requirements outlined above and would like to apply, ​begin your application here:

        Tiers of support

        Organization Composition

        Attendance Style

        Grant Amount

        Individual Leader

        Virtual or In-person

        (local, no lodging/no travel required)


        Individual Leader


        (less than 4 hours away by vehicle, lodging/travel)


        Individual Leader


        (requires travel via plane)



        Virtual or In-person

        (local, no lodging/no travel required)




        (less than 4 hours away by vehicle, lodging/travel)




        (requires travel via plane)


        Examples of Mission and Values-Aligned Opportunities






          How We Win: Building Equitable and Transformational Ballot Measure Campaigns 

          Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Focus on new & emerging leaders. The fundamentals to elevate leadership through every phase of a ballot measure campaign. 

          Training for Organizers 


          Programs are structured to support and prepare progressive leaders to: 

          Plan – set bold visions and strategies. 

          Activate – move their communities into action. 

          Engage – retain people and develop their leadership. 

          Build – build community and collective power for the long-term. 

           July 11 – 13, 2024

          Netroots Nation Conference in Baltimore, MD 

          Netroots Nation A conference that provides trainings, resources and connection opportunities to help progressive activities create a more progressive and just world. 

          Aug. 12 – 15, 2024


          Dec. 2 – 5, 2024

          Organizing For Justice Pt. 1 

          (2 separate trainings, attend one or the other) 

          Midwest Academy Training that supports organizations to develop strategic campaigns based on deep power analysis. 
          Oct. 7 – 10, 2024

          Organizing for Justice Pt. 2 in Oakland, CA 

          Midwest Academy Training that builds upon skills from part 1. Building effective coalitions, understanding and effectively caring for ourselves as organizers for the long haul. 
          Nov. 20 – 22, 2024

          Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO 

          Race Forward A multicultural, intergenerational racial justice conference. Access to resources, information and collaborative opportunities towards advancing racial equity for all. 

          Accessibility commitment

          We are committed to making the application process available in languages other than English and to people with disabilities. We are also excited to work with organizations that are new to us. To those ends, we provide: 

          • Interpretation and translation services (including American Sign Language and/or Computer Accessible Realtime Translation), 
          • Large-print formats of instructions and applications, 
          • Alternative application methods, including over the phone, by video or voice recording, and on paper, 
          • Support from professional grant writers. 

            Please contact us at if you need one of these or another service, and we will do our best to provide it. We know it takes time, trust, and effort to request these services, and thank you for sharing how we can make this process work for you.