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. In FY 2017, the Community Partnership Fund distributed $757,847 through 29 grants.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants

These grants are awarded to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations. Grants are to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the organization. FY 2017 grants totaled $216,247.

Community Development Council of Greater Memphis ($7,500) for the development of unified identity and brand

CHOICES - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health ($10,000) to fully implement electronic health records

Community Legal Center ($5,750) to develop a new business plan

Latino Memphis ($19,000) to develop a new website and mobile app

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ($16,000) for a new audio guide system 

Memphis College of Art ($5,000) to overhaul Wi-Fi capabilities

Memphis Library Foundation ($15,000) to implement a new public awareness campaign, including training staff on a new communications plan

Meritan, Inc. ($2,500) to purchase and implement DonorPerfect software

Methodist Healthcare Foundation ($8,295) for mobile tablets and accessories for the Congregational Health Network

National Civil Rights Museum ($20,130) for a website re-design and migration to coincide with MLK50

Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. ($15,000) to implement the first phase of a strategic technology plan

New Ballet Ensemble and School ($21,762) for a marketing plan and technology upgrades

OUTMemphis ($7,150) for technology upgrades

Playback Memphis ($7,500) for a feasibility study for expansion of core program

Regional Inter-Faith Association ($8,160) for a new, mobile-friendly website

RISE Foundation, Inc. ($5,000) for website re-design

Teach For America – Memphis ($10,000) to implement a texting platform to communicate with corps members

UrbanArt Commission ($12,500) for a website re-design and associated re-branding

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis ($20,000) for Raiser's Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT database software

Community-wide grants

These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. FY 2017 grants totaled $376,600. 

Comprehensive Planning Fund ($25,000) to support the two-year Memphis 3.0 comprehensive city planning process spearheaded by the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development. 

Courting the Dream Fund ($10,000) for production support for documentary film about the 1972-73 Memphis State Tigers basketball team that went to the NCAA Championship game, and that team’s importance to the City of Memphis in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. 

Hattiloo Theatre ($10,000) 
to support the National BlackBox Performing Arts Festival, which will run April 7-9, 2017. Hattiloo is partnering with Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, National Civil Rights Museum, Overton Park and Rhodes College to produce the festival showcasing the works of African-American and Latino artists.

Memphis Heritage ($1,600) for the production cost of National Register Properties Notebook project. This project will produce notebooks for each City Council member and County Commissioner. Each book will list all properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places presented with locations, photographs, and historic facts. Read The Commercial Appeal article about the grant.

Seeding Success ($300,000) to support the Community Foundation's Beyond the Classroom initiative strengthening organizations serving K-12 students in Memphis during their out-of-school time. In this 2016-17 pilot year, Seeding Success is developing curricula and training that will strengthen five local nonprofits: Latino Memphis, Porter-Leath, Literacy Mid-South, Communities in Schools, and Knowledge Quest.

Strengthening Communities ($30,000) 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. Learn more.

Intermediary grants

These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2017 grants totaled $165,000.

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 ($60,000) 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 ($25,000) supports the growth and capacity of faith-based organizations through training and technical assistance in governance, outcome measurement, resource development, and internal operations.