For grantseekers

For nonprofits seeking grant funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, please explore all grant opportunities available. The vast majority of competitive grantmaking directed by the Community Foundation is done through the Nonprofit Capacity Building grant program by way of the Community Partnership Fund. Please read about this grant program below to determine if your organization is eligible and how to apply. 

Please note: As a first step in requesting funding through the Community Foundation, nonprofits must have a published, reviewed WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org profile. If you need assistance with creating a profile for your organization, please contact Director of Community Information Mia Madison at (901) 722-0020 or mmadison [at] cfgm [dot] org.  

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants

The Community Foundation seeks to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of area nonprofits. Capacity building refers to activities that strengthen the ability of a nonprofit to achieve greater performance and impact. Please note that we award Nonprofit Capacity Building grants only to eligible organizations in our service area: west Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

Project examples include but are not limited to evaluation of core programs, staff or board training, improvement of technology systems, and merger or formal collaboration between organizations.

Typically, grants range from $5,500 to $40,000, with the majority of grants in the $15,000 range. If awarded, capacity building grants require the recipient organization to raise matching funds in response to the grant. 

Click here for the list of FY 2017 Nonprofit Capacity Building grantees. You can also find information on how to apply for this grant, frequently asked questions, or relevant applicant resources for nonprofit capacity building in the left-hand menu.

If you have questions, please email(ewarren [at] cfgm [dot] org) Elizabeth Warren, Director of Grants & Initiatives, or call her at (901) 722-0022.