(Jan. 10, 2020) – The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced grants totaling $210,041 in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category. These grants are awarded annually to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations.
“Through these grants, we address how vital but often overlooked it is for a nonprofit to have access to funds specifically to boost its infrastructure, so that its programs and services can be sustained into the future,” said Elizabeth Warren, the foundation’s director of grants & initiatives.
These grants often support projects like technology improvements, evaluation of core programs, and staff or board training.
This year’s grant awards, to a total of 21 organizations, range from $3,000 to $21,487. One grantee is the 168-year-old Elmwood Cemetery, the city’s oldest active cemetery.
The $21,487 grant to purchase and implement the WebCemeteries online platform will enable Elmwood to electronically consolidate and safeguard its collection of records, maps, photos, and 130,000+ pieces of paper in its archives.
“There are not many funders who understand how important technology is when it’s something you can’t touch. This technology grant enables Elmwood to invest in its past and its future,” says Elmwood’s executive director, Kim Bearden. “I can’t stress how big of a project it is and how fundamentally it will change how we operate.”
A complete list of grantees is:
Nonprofit Capacity Building grants, which are awarded from the Foundation’s Immediate Impact Fund, are decided by a committee of community volunteers. Each grantee must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.