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The 2013 Grant Application is now closed.

How To Apply

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:

To RSVP for one of the three optional GivingMatters.com trainings listed in the grant timeline below, please contact Beth Groves at bgroves@cfmt.org. Space is limited.

 Application and guidelines made available

 May/June 2013

 Optional GivingMatters.com Training 1

 Thursday, June 13, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 Optional GivingMatters.com Training 2

 Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 Optional GivingMatters.com Training 3

 Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 Deadline to initiate NEW GivingMatters.com Profiles

 Thursday, July 18, 2013

 GivingMatters.com Profile updates due

 Thursday, July 25, 2013

 Grant applications due  

 Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.

 Applications reviewed  

 Fall 2013

 Notification sent to applicants 

 November 2013