FY 2015 grants

In FY 2015, the Community Partnership Fund distributed $608,071 to area nonprofits through 30 grants in three categories.

The Community Partnership Fund is for donors who want to pool their dollars to make nonprofits stronger and our community more vibrant. Grants are decided by committees of community volunteers.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants

These grants are awarded to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations. FY 2015 grants totaled $212,471.

A Step Ahead Foundation ($10,000) to develop messaging materials to maximize outreach so more women in Shelby County have access to free long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies. 

The Arc Mid-South ($12,000) for the purchase of an electronic data system for more efficient and effective timekeeping for Family Support Services employees in the field. 

BRIDGES USA ($5,375) for an upgraded website to improve the student experience of program application, registration, and communication, as well as to increase visibility and participant recruitment. 

Church Health Center ($20,223) for the purchase of 42 laptops as the Center becomes increasingly mobile. 

Common Table Health Alliance ($15,000) for initial implementation of Salesforce, a constituent relationship management platform, to improve interactions with stakeholders, donors, community partners, and program participants, and to assist in executing the organization's strategic fund development.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens ($22,442) for a collections management system that will better manage and account for all assets, produce higher quality exhibitions, and create a more visitor-oriented experience. 

The Exchange Club Family Center ($9,600) for a comprehensive evaluation of the Center’s data collection throughout its various programs. 

Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County ($22,574) for a comprehensive evaluation project partnering with the University of Memphis to help track the impact of the Center over time. 

GrowMemphis ($17,231) for development planning to assess opportunities for revenue-generating initiatives. 

Madonna Learning Center ($8,088) for enhanced classroom technology to support educational interventions for the special needs population it serves. 

Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center ($20,000) for development of a feasibility study for a capital campaign to assist in the Center’s next phase of growth into a larger space. 

Mid-South Food Bank ($23,390) for upgraded warehouse management software for ordering and tracking inventory.

Outreach Housing & Community ($5,313) for a volunteer recruitment plan to assist in the organization’s mission to help mentally-ill homeless persons with housing and recovery. 

Soulsville Foundation / Stax Museum of American Soul Music ($16,335) for technology needs assessment to upgrade the existing technological infrastructure of the museum. 

Community-wide grants

These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. FY 15 grants totaled $245,500. 

Binghampton Development Corporation ($15,000)
 to pilot an app that uses real-time data from the county assessor’s office with GPS, photo, and database capabilities to build profiles for problem properties

Community LIFT ($10,000) to fund, in part, a comprehensive evaluation of the community development corporation (CDC) sector in Memphis.

East Arkansas Family Health Center ($25,000)
 for nutrition and wellness classes for patients in both its West Memphis clinic and also disadvantaged areas throughout Crittenden County.  

Friends for Life ($25,000) to expand an existing strategy in which diagnosed gay men in Frayser use social networking sites to encourage their peers to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being ($500) to support the Master Home Environmentalist© program to address high levels of asthma in many Memphis ZIP codes. Trained volunteers visit homes at no cost and assist residents in assessing and reducing exposure to environmental pollutants. 

Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability ($25,000)
for a joint project among the Community Foundation, Assisi Foundation, Hyde Family Foundations, University of Memphis, and the Office of Sustainability to create an interactive livability dashboard, WHEREweLIVEmidsouth.org, that maps neighborhood assets andanalyzes sustainability indicators. This is a partial match for a $75,000 Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities grant.

Porter-Leath ($10,000) for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which offers teens who have been arrested temporary shelter if they are not ready to return home, or if parents or caregivers are unwilling or unable to allow the teen to return home at the time of their release.

School Seed ($50,000)
to support the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of Shelby County Schools teachers. This is the fifth installment of a five-year, $250,000 grant matching a portion of the a $90 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee ($30,000) 
for a refrigerated trailer and on-board pallet jack. The equipment allows the organization to increase food access to over 38,000 people, a 33 percent increase in its distribution, by enabling it to reach areasthat are currently underserved in West Tennessee outside of the Mid-South Food Bank service area closer to Memphis.

Strengthening Communities ($40,000) a collaborative funding effort of the Community Foundation, the University of Memphis, and United Way of the Mid-South to support neighborhood-based projects and capacity building efforts that bring University of Memphis faculty and students together with nonprofit organizations.

Tennessee Charitable Care Network ($15,000)
to help fund the start-up operating costs of the Network, a statewide association of charitable health clinics, co-founded by the Church Health Center, focused on developing the policy and training resources needed to serve these clinics.

Intermediary grants

These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2015 grants totaled $155,000.

Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence ($10,000) trains staff and board leadership of nonprofits through educational programs and consulting services.

Community Alliance for the Homeless ($30,000) works to develop a comprehensive system to help end homelessness and coordinates local agencies that serve homeless individuals.

Community Development Council ($50,000) provides capacity assessments, training programs, and technical assistance for its member organizations working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods.

Community LIFT ($50,000) focuses on neighborhood development and planning, creating partnerships and securing funding from public and private sources to make sound investments in neighborhoods and community development organizations, primarily in Binghampton, Frayser, and South Memphis.

Memphis Leadership Foundation ($15,000) supports the growth and capacity of faith-based organizations through training and technical assistance in governance, outcome measurement, resource development, and internal operations.