PLEASE NOTE: Community Foundation's Board of Directors diverted 2020 funding for this grant program towards Phase 2 grants of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Funding will NOT be available for Nonprofit Capacity Building grants this year. Click here to learn more about the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis seeks to address the organizational strength and overall health of nonprofits in the Mid-South by supporting their capacity building efforts through financial grants. Reviewed by a committee of community volunteers, these grants are awarded to established nonprofits for one-time projects that address a part of the organization’s strategic plan to improve the management, governance, and administration of the organization, not direct programmatic improvements. By strengthening the internal capacity of an organization, the Community Foundation believes the programs and services will also be strengthened. Nonprofit Capacity Building grants require the recipient to raise matching funds ($1 for every $1), thereby encouraging the grantee to use our grant to leverage resources from other donors and funders.
The average Nonprofit Capacity Building grant is around $15,000, and there is approximately $210,000 available this year. Project examples include but are not limited to:
For more specific examples, please see previous Nonprofit Capacity Building grants awarded here.
The following projects are NOT eligible for grant support:
If you are unclear where to focus your proposal or of your organization’s capacity needs, completing an organizational assessment could be helpful. Contact Momentum’s Help Desk for more resources. Contact Director of Grants & Initiatives Elizabeth Warren at email@example.com or (901) 722-0022 if you would like to discuss proposal ideas.
To be eligible for a Nonprofit Capacity Building grant, your organization must have a published, reviewed profile on LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org. This profile must be maintained for the duration of the grant period. The LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile of eligible applicants demonstrates that the organization:
The following organizations are NOT eligible to apply for funding:
If awarded a capacity building grant, nonprofits are required to raise funds to match the Community Foundation’s grant dollar-for-dollar. This requirement is intended to help the nonprofit leverage funds for the project by reaching out to new donors and funders. Policies for the match include:
PLEASE NOTE: Community Foundation's Board of Directors diverted 2020 funding for this grant program towards Phase 2 grants of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Funding will NOT be available for Nonprofit Capacity Building grants this year. Click here to learn more and apply for Phase 2 funding from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
July - Attend a mandatory pre-application information session
July 19 - Application opens online in GranteeView
August 7 - Deadline to submit a new LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile OR updates to an existing profile
August 21 - Deadline to submit application online via GranteeView
September 20 - Applicants notified via e-mail whether they are invited to continue in the grant process by hosting a grant committee site visit
October, November - Grant committee site visits
Mid-December - Applicants notified of funding decision via e-mail
January 1 – December 31, 2020 - Grant term
A complete application includes a published, reviewed LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile, a current strategic plan approved by the organization’s Board of Directors, and a line item project budget (including all project revenues and expenses). The strategic plan may be uploaded to the organization’s LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile. The project budget should be submitted along with the application through the Community Foundation’s online grant portal, GranteeView. Click here to access GranteeView.
All eligible applications are reviewed by a Community Foundation grant committee to determine which applicants are invited to move forward in the process and host a site visit. (If your organization is invited to host a site visit, further information and instructions will be provided upon notification.) Members of the committee then attend applicant site visits, before making funding recommendations to present to the Community Foundation’s Board of Governors.
Grants are awarded for a 12-month term, and all funds must be raised and spent by the end of that term.
The volunteer grant committee is composed of 10-15 members who reflect our community and/or serve on the Community Foundation’s Board of Governors. Committee members have significant nonprofit leadership experience, other deep industry experience, and/or are engaged donors to the foundation. All members understand the grant requirements and are given evaluation tools by which to guide their decision making.
All else being equal, the grant committee gives funding priority to the following.
For any questions, please contact Elizabeth Warren, Director of Grants & Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 722-0022.
Organizations that are awarded a grant are required to complete two grant reports, one at 12 months after the completion of the term and the other at 18 months to share the project’s short-term impact on the organization's capacity. These and any other grant requirements are included in your organization's grant contract.
Click to Login to GranteeView and submit written grant reports.
Once you have logged in, click on 'Application Status & History' in the portal's navigation menu. Search for the application associated with your grant by updating the search date range to 'Before [today's date]'. Click on the associated application, and complete your reporting requirements listed in the Application Uploads table.
If the person who initially submitted your organization's application is NOT who will be the best contact throughout the grant term, please notify Elizabeth Warren, Director of Grants & Initiatives, at email@example.com or (901) 722-0022.