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Grants to Memphis, Tennessee Nonprofits for Programs
that Bridge and Celebrate Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

02/01/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to Memphis, Tennessee nonprofits for programs that focus on bridging and celebrating local communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the information sessions taking place through January 17. Funding will be provided to support programs and projects that bring together different types of people, and increase appreciation and/or understanding of others' perspectives and experiences.

Note: Give 365 will accept requests for operating support. While many of the Give 365 grants have been for specific projects, if you think your organization’s work fits the theme well enough, you can make an argument for operating support in your application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167726

Estimated Size of Grant:

For reference only, Give 365 grants have typically ranged from $1,500 to $10,000. However, applicants may ask for more. The total amount available to grant out varies year to year, depending on membership levels. In the past, members have chosen to make grants to multiple organizations, rather than one or two larger grants to a few organizations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note the following eligibility criteria for submitting a Give 365 application:

Grants can only be made to 501(c)(3) organizations, though a fiscal agent may be used with a signed memorandum of understanding between the applicant and agent. Please contact Elizabeth Warren (see Contact Information section below) before applying with a fiscal agent.

Note: The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will not act as a fiscal agent.

All applications must address the 2018 grant theme.

Geographic Focus:

So far, all grants have gone to nonprofits within Memphis city limits. However, as Give 365's membership expands, they expect to make some grants beyond Shelby County, provided the need is sufficiently compelling. Applicants in Tennessee west of the Tennessee River; in Crittenden County, Arkansas; and in northwest Mississippi are welcome to apply, understanding that the membership base is currently heavily concentrated in Shelby County.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants can attend an information session taking place between December 12, 2017 and January 17, 2018 at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue.

While the information sessions are optional, applicants are highly encouraged to attend one.

See the link to register for one of the following sessions in the Contact Information section below.

Information Session Dates:

- Tuesday, 12/19/17, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 1/4/18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, 1/9/18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, 1/17/18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

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Application Process:

The application will be available online December 18, 2017. If your organization is eligible and has a project or program that fits the theme, you can submit an application. Give 365 grant review team members will review all applications and narrow down the applicant pool to a group of finalists. The finalists will present short three-minute “pitches” to the members at an evening event in April. Members will then vote online, and grants are announced in early May prior to the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting. See dates and deadlines below for further information.

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Key Dates and Deadlines:

December 7: The 2018 grant theme was announced to the public. The 2018 grant theme is Reconnecting Memphis: programs that bridge and celebrate our communities. Nonprofits should determine whether their program or project fits the grant theme before applying.

December 12 - January 17: Interested applicants can attend an information session (optional).

December 18: Application opens online via the new grants portal. Click on the portal link and register as a Grant Administrator for your organization to begin the application process (see Contact Information section below).

January 18: All applicants or fiscal agents must submit a WHEREtoGIVE Midsouth profile by this date in order to meet the eligibility criteria. If your nonprofit has not yet developed a profile, please visit this page to create an account and begin the process:

You may also attend a How to Build a Profile session for extra assistance (registration link below).

If you believe your organization or fiscal agent is exempt from the profile requirement, please contact Olivia Wilmot (see Contact Information section below for contact details).

January 25: If your organization already has a WHEREtoGIVE profile, please review, update, and submit all edits by this date. If you have questions about maintaining the profile, please email Olivia Wilmot, or attend a help session (registration link below).

February 1: Applications must be submitted via the Grants portal by 4:00 p.m. All applicants must have a published profile by this deadline.

March 16: All applicants will be notified via email whether or not their proposal has been selected by the grant review teams to be a grant finalist. If selected, applicants are invited to be a part of the Finals event.

April (TBA): At the Finals event, grant finalists each present their proposals to Give 365 members in 3 minutes or less.

April - May: After the Finals event, Give 365 members vote for their top grant choices in order to collectively determine grant funding.

May (TBA): 2018 grants will be announced prior to the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to register for one of the information sessions:

Click here to register for a session providing extra assistance on how to build a WHEREtoGIVE Profile:

Click here to register for a session providing extra assistance on maintaining a WHEREtoGIVE profile:

Staff Contacts:

Elizabeth Warren
Director of Grants and Initiatives
(901) 722-0022

Olivia Wilmot
(901) 722-0028

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Memphis