Sector Effectiveness Grant

From The Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation's mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential. They support stewardship that nurtures and enhances vital community assets, and strive to serve as catalysts for breakthrough ideas that shape a collective future.

Grant uses


The Foundation’s Sector Effectiveness grantmaking and activities focus on three goals:

  • Building more effective, inclusive leadership, including:

    • Alignment of executive management, board governance, and culture to cultivate diverse, inclusive leadership at all levels of the organization
    • A robust, diverse, and well-prepared leadership pipeline with equitable access to leadership opportunity
    • Attentiveness to diversity, inclusion, and equity in policy, practice, and culture
  • Improving decision-making on significant public issues, with strategies such as:

    • Building awareness of the need and demand for credible data
    • Including constituent voice that reflects the diversity of our communities
    • Employing strategic communications and engagement approaches to increase the use of credible information in policymaking and practice
    • Building knowledge on how to bridge divides and reduce polarization, and enable healthier, more constructive debate on public issues
  • Bolstering core infrastructure for the social sector, including:

    • Proactive engagement in public policy by nonprofit and philanthropic organizations of all kinds
    • Sharing knowledge, effective practices, and lessons learned across the field by strong and respected organizations
    • Cultivating inclusive cultures to contribute to more equitable outcomes
    • Regularly connecting leaders and fostering collaboration


Organization's Location
Program Location
New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Organization Type


Individuals or funding scholarships
Program-related investments
Capital projects
Event sponsorships
not specified


Step 1: Pre-proposal
Application deadline
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)