Program for Improving Capacity and Capability (PICC)

The Program to Improve Capacity and Capability (PICC) is being launched by the City of Norfolk in hopes of broadening an inclusive and diverse field of nonprofit service providers with the ability to deliver quality social services to Norfolk residents and the capacity to compete for, and sustainably manage, grant awards while meeting compliance requirements.  

This (PICC) Request for Proposals (RFP) is for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Approximately $2 million in grant funds are anticipated to be available annually over the three-year lifespan of the PICC program. Grants will be awarded to organizations in three different classifications through a competitive process. This, Tier One RFP is applicable to organizations with annual cash expenditures of $250,000 or more. While selected awardees will receive a one-year grant for FY 2023, the City has the option to extend the Term of the agreement for two successive one-year terms based on performance and funding availability.

In addition to expanding the community of non-profit service providers, the primary goal of the PICC program is to advance City Council's priorities in the areas of rapid rehousing with case management, positive youth development programming and senior focused activities. Specifically, to provide direct services to Norfolk's at-risk populations of children, families, the elderly and disabled residents, those who are impoverished and those experiencing homelessness. 

Tier One awards are limited to $75,000 per eligible applicant. Applications seeking support less than $20,000 will not be considered. Applicants must be prepared to initiate their project starting on day one of the grant cycle.  


  1. In March of 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States created an unprecedented nationwide health and economic crisis. The pandemic laid bare, and in many cases, exacerbated, existing social, health, and economic inequities that continue to require targeted interventions through partnerships with local, nonprofit organizations. However, many nonprofits were negatively impacted financially, and small or fledgling nonprofits struggled to access critical capacity-building resources needed to meet the rigorous compliance and reporting requirements associated with government-provided grant funding.
  2. The provision of American Rescue Plan Act / State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA/SLFRF) presents a unique opportunity to invest in the expansion and strengthening of Norfolk’s nonprofit sector to provide services that support and sustain the thriving communities and residents of the City. Through its Program to Improve Capacity and Capability (PICC), the City seeks to invest in and broaden the field of nonprofit organizations.
  3. Organizations with annual cash expenditures between $50,000 and $249,999 dollars may be eligible to apply at a later date for funding in the Tier Two competition. Organizations with annual cash expenditures between $0.00 and $49,999 may be eligible to apply later for funding in the Tier Three competition. Organizations seeking IRS 501c3 status may be eligible in Tier three.  

Tier One - Program for Improving Capacity and Capability (PICC) Application

Applications and attachments submitted to the 2023 Tier One - Program to Improve Capacity and Capability (PICC) funding opportunity must be completed in the City of Norfolk’s electronic eCivis Grants Network system. 

The deadline to submit completed applications and attachments to the 2023 Tier One PICC grant competition is Friday, January 06, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

Only submissions completed in the electronic eCivis application will be eligible for consideration.

Watch a video on how to use the eCivis Grants Network system to submit your PICC application. All applications must be submitted using eCivis to be considered for funding.