The Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative is a cooperative community effort to elevate people out of poverty by empowering them to chart their own course toward self-sufficiency. Not unlike other such initiatives, the Carson City program is a partnership between local government (the Health & Human Services Department) and the private sector (the Capital City Circles Initiative, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation).
While local government provides one stable source of funding for our Circles Coordinator, the nonprofit corporation raises the majority of the funding needed to cover program-related expenses.

It costs approximately $600.00 to support a Circle Leader through the 20-week "Getting Ahead" training.

Funding Priorities

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000. Our current funding priorities are:

  1. Put families through  the Getting Ahead Workgroup to lay the foundation for their journey to self sufficiency, and surround them with a circle of support throughout their journey.
  2. Community outreach on poverty related issues; educate our community to bridge the gap between the classes.
  3. Seed money to start a food co-op for long term sustainability, and eventually employment opportunities for individuals in our community.

Call Brenda Silis to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities. To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to

You may now donate to the Capital City Circles Initiative online! Click on the link below, to submit your donation through PayPal. (Please note that this will take you to the PayPal site to complete the donation.) Thank you for your support.

Help Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. In Its Mission to End Poverty In Carson City

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