The 2019 Discretionary Grant application is closed.

Discretionary Grant Guidelines

Nonprofit organizations working to improve the well-being of residents of Middle Tennessee* are eligible and are encouraged to apply for a discretionary grant.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across Middle Tennessee serving a wide range of causes, including: animal welfare, arts and humanities, conservation and preservation, environment, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing, and economic and community development.

Nonprofit organizations located in the following Tennessee counties and profiled at are eligible to apply for discretionary grants: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson and Wilson.

Guidelines & Resources for First Time Grant Applicants

July 2019Application and guidelines made available
July 11New Giving Matters Profiles/Placeholder Form due
August 1Giving Matters Profile updates due
August 1 - Midnight Grant applications due
Fall 2019Applications reviewed
November 2019Notification sent to applicants

How To Apply

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its Unrestricted and Field-of-Interest funds through an open application process to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations...

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Grant Toolkit

Access The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's grant toolkit to ensure you are bringing your best efforts to the table when applying for a grant.

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Grant FAQs

We have created a series of frequently asked questions on various topics with the hope that this will help you navigate the Discretionary Grant program...

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Giving Matters® Requirement

Your organization is required to have a complete and updated profile to be considered for Community Foundation discretionary grants. If you are establishing a...

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External Grant Resources

Find additional grant opportunities and helpful information within our external grant resources.

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Contact Information

Laundrea Lewis

Laundrea Lewis

Senior Manager, Grants

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Michael McDaniel

Michael McDaniel

Senior Nonprofit and Endowment Liaison

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