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The Community Foundation's 2015 Discretionary Grant Application is now closed.


Grantmaking is at the heart of The Community Foundation’s work to enhance the quality of life in Middle Tennessee. With deep roots in our community and expertise in effective philanthropy, we are positioned to assess community needs and opportunities and support quality programs providing solutions. 

We award grants annually to nonprofits for a broad array of charitable purposes in areas such as education, the environment, the arts, health, social services, and more.

Our discretionary grants are awarded to respond to new programs, emerging needs and innovative services for the benefit of our community. Applications for discretionary grants are accepted annually from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations serving Middle Tennessee. We are particularly interested in grant proposals addressing currently unmet community needs and providing long-term solutions. 

The Board of The Community Foundation has the authority to award discretionary grants and may be aided in its efforts by Fund Advisory Committees constituted for that purpose. Find overview information on The Community Foundation's types of charitable funds and grantmaking processes, including discretionary grants described here.

The Community Foundation Discretionary Grant Timeline:

Application and guidelines made available - June 2015

New Giving Matters Profiles/Placeholder Form due - July 15.
Giving Matters Profile updates due - July 24. 
Grant applications due - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - Midnight 12 a.m.
Applications reviewed - Fall 2015
Notification sent to applicants - November 2015