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Recent Grants

The Community Foundation’s core focus on strengthening nonprofits in the Mid-South includes investing in the capacity of organizations to equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs. We believe healthy and sustainable organizations exhibit strengths across these areas: a clear mission and purpose backed by a strategic vision; strong board governance and oversight; stable staff and volunteer leadership; efficient, effective management and program practices and policies; sound financial management and resources to carry out the organization’s mission; and a solid relationship and engagement with the communities it serves.

See recent grants below awarded through programs that support strengthening nonprofits in the Community Foundation's service area.

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 2020 grants totaled $210,041. 

Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. ($5,700) for a new server and staff laptops

Arkwings Foundation ($9,900) for consulting to build out evaluation tools to assess programming and inform future growth

Ave Maria Home ($3,000)
 for fundraising software to target, retain, and engage donors and volunteers

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis ($5,950) to equip its Career Exploration Program staff with laptops. Watch the WMC-TV 5 report on the success of the national-model BGCM vocational program.

Church Health ($10,000) for its Quality Improvement initiative to train and empower staff to design, deploy, and assess processes and systems across operations

DeltaArts ($5,925) for development and fundraising training for board and staff

Elmwood Cemetery of Memphis Foundation, Inc. ($21,487) for a software upgrade to safeguard the cemetery's records and streamline services

Friends for Life Corporation ($15,000) for a feasibility study to determine future locations in Memphis for HIV prevention clinics

Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee ($7,500) for a science instruction pilot to improve science instruction quality and address changes to state science standards

Indie Memphis ($20,000) for fundraising and technology consulting services to create infrastructure for effective development processes

Knowledge Quest ($15,000) for consultancy to create a marketing, fundraising, and branding plan

Let's Innovate through Education (LITE) ($7,269) for technology upgrades to better track the organization's long-term efficacy, to improve community engagement, and to grow its local donor base

Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation ($17,500) to develop a visitor experience and wayfinding plan

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ($4,500) to develop and implement data tracking and evaluation strategies

Memphis Library Foundation ($9,700) for fundraising software, training, coaching, and support

Midtown Development Corporation ($7,500) for a feasibility study for a community improvement district

Mustard Seed Inc. ($3,897) for upgraded computers and essential programs in its resource center

New Ballet Ensemble & School ($9,000) for the redesign and relaunch of its website

Room in the Inn - Memphis ($9,963) for office technology, hardware, and communications platforms to create a viable work hub

Tech901 ($15,000) for new virtualized computer infrastructure to allow more students to apply classroom learnings

Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc. ($6,250) for board development facilitation and leadership coaching

Intermediary grants

These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2020 grants totaled $215,000.

BLDG Memphis ($60,000) provides capacity assessments, training programs, and technical assistance for its member organizations working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods.

Community Alliance for the Homeless ($35,000)
 works to develop a comprehensive system to help end homelessness and coordinates local agencies that serve homeless individuals.

Community LIFT ($25,000) 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. Read The Daily News article about the organization.

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. Read The Daily News article about the organization.

Momentum Nonprofit Partners ($70,000) provides educational programs to staff and board leadership of nonprofits in order to drive equitable, measurable, and lasting change in the sector and in the community. Read The Commercial Appeal article about the organization.

Community-wide grants

These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. 

Community LIFT ($5,000) to support MLK50: Justice Through Journalism's social justice-focused reporting. This grant coincided with NewsMatch, a national matching gift campaign for newsrooms.

Momentum Nonprofit Partners ($10,000) to develop a three-year business plan

Seeding Success ($300,000) to implement Phase III of Beyond the Classroom