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2018 Grants Program

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches to
Benefit Communities in the South Cumberland Plateau Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/03/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Tennessee nonprofits, government agencies, and churches or other faith-based organizations to benefit communities within the South Cumberland Plateau area. Prospective applications must attend the February 11, 21, or March 3 information session. Requests will be considered for a broad range of programs and initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for local residents.

The grant’s process empowers the community to define and create initiatives that utilize the area’s local knowledge, foster community collaboration, and build on the strength of the area’s people, communities and natural setting.

SCCF supports local nonprofits, churches, other religious organizations, and governmental units (like municipalities and public schools) across its geographic region. Areas of interest are Building our Sense of Community; Strengthening our Economy; Developing the Potential of our Youth; Tapping the Potential of our Elders; Conserving our Past and Enlarging the Vision of the Future.

The Fund has been established to promote progress in the region. Therefore priority will be given to applicants that propose innovations that help solve community problems or build on community strengths. Requests for support of existing programs should identify ways that the organization is striving to make them more stable, effective, or efficient, or to extend them to a wider population.

Productive collaboration among two or more organizations is encouraged.

A higher priority will be given to organizations that plan to use the Fund’s grants to leverage additional support from other sources; organizations that are looking to replace funding no longer available from another source will be given a lower priority.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143383

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded projects do not have to be completed within a year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include churches and other religious organizations, governmental units (like public schools), and organizations that have a letter from the Internal Revenue Service verifying that they are tax-exempt organizations (as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code) and are publicly supported (as defined under Section 509(a)1 of the IRS code).

Consideration will be given only to organizations that operate for the benefit of residents of the South Cumberland Plateau area of Grundy, Marion, and Franklin Counties, whether the organization is located on the Plateau or not.

Organizations that practice discrimination or engage in political activities will not be considered.

A grant to a church or religious organization may be used only for initiatives that serve one of the Community Fund’s Seven Grant Priorities in the broader community. They may not be used for projects that serve only the membership of the church or the expansion of its membership or simply to promote its religious teachings. They may not be used to build or rehabilitate church buildings.

Governmental units are not likely to receive grant funds to help pay for normal functions of government.

Grants may not be used for lobbying in favor of or against specific legislation. However, grants may be used for advocacy regarding issues. (For example, organizations may not use grants from the Fund to influence county commissioners to vote one way or another on a school system budget; however, they can promote nonpartisan analysis that supports the need for greater public investment in education.)

Previously funded organizations may apply again in a subsequent grant cycle, but only for new projects, programs, or program enhancements. Grants will not be awarded to organizations for the purpose of repeating or maintaining previously funded projects or programs.

Grants may not be used to add new permanent staff to the organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In preparation for its 2018 grants cycle, South Cumberland Community Fund invites potential applicants to a series of information sessions to help groups prepare their requests. All grant applicants must attend one of the information meetings before submitting a proposal.

Information Sessions:
-10 a.m., Saturday, February 11th
-5 p.m., Tuesday, February 21st
-Noon, Friday, March 3rd

The meetings will take place in the Grundy EMS office in Coalmont, across from the Coalmont Community Center.

Pre-Application Information:

An organization whose project costs more than the amount awarded by the Community Fund will have one year to raise the additional funds required. Grant funds will not be released until the total amount has been raised. If the organization is not successful in raising the additional funds within the year, the grant will be terminated.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM, April 3, 2018; final selection of grant recipients will be announced by June 1.

Grant Program Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Form:

Janet Cooper, SCCF Director

Nicky Hamilton, Community Development Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: South Cumberland Plateau Area