The Community Foundation, our donors, and our partners support innovative nonprofit work and the most pressing needs in our community. The Community Foundation's mission is strengthening our community through philanthropy. This includes not only making grants but also working collaboratively with other organizations and funders to support nonprofits and address the issues that face our area.
Most grants made through the Community Foundation are advised - or directed - by the people and organizations who established private funds at the Community Foundation. A small portion of our grantmaking occurs through grant programs directed by the Foundation, or discretionary grantmaking. Explore our discretionary grant programs below for more details on what these programs support and how your organization can apply for a grant.
Please note that we award discretionary grants only in our service area: West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi.
For questions about the grant programs of the Community Foundation, email(ewarren [at] cfgm [dot] org) Director of Grants & Initiatives, Elizabeth Warren, or call her at (901) 722-0022.
Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are allocated to strong, established nonprofit organizations that are working to become more effective by improving operations and increasing efficiency. Grants are decided by a committee of community volunteers. The application process begins in June, with awards announced in December.
MLK50: The Next Step Forward grants are allocated to nonprofit organizations that are building on Dr. King's platform in one of six areas to effect real and systemic change for Mid-Southerners. Grants are decided by a committee of community volunteers. The application process begins in May 2018, with awards announced in September 2018.
Community-wide grants allow the Community Foundation to be responsive to a diverse set of community challenges and opportunities. Grants are recommended by a committee of community volunteers. Applications are accepted by invitation only.
Intermediary grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. Applications are accepted by invitation only.
GiVE 365 grants are awarded to nonprofit groups whose projects fit an annual theme. Grants are decided by the GiVE 365 membership, dollar-a-day philanthropists who choose the yearly theme and research applicants. The GiVE 365 application process opens in December; awards are announced in May.