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Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund Grant

Grants to Middle Tennessee Nonprofits for
Education, Youth, and Conservation Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund

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Deadline Date:

01/15/19 4:30 PM CST


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Grants to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for projects and programs that focus on the areas of education, low-income youth, and wildlife habitat preservation, with an emphasis on habitats that are important for hunting and fishing. Further details and definitions for each of these three focus areas are provided below.

Funding is intended for initiatives that operate out of:

- A mindset of effective management and excellence
- A culture of results and innovation
- A philosophy of high impact (micro or macro)
- Approaches that have the ability to significantly improve the lives and communities of the underserved

Focus Area Definition:


The Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “youth” includes children and youth, ages Pre-K (4/5 year olds) through traditional college age. The Charitable Fund is interested in:

- After-school programs
- Positive decision-making programs
- Youth development programs
- Mentoring programs
- Pre-K programs

Low Income Youth:

The Maddox Charitable Fund supports organizations serving low-income youth. The Charitable
Fund does not have a single definition of socio-economic need. If applying under this category,
please include in the program description the definition of economic need used by the agency as
well as how program eligibility is determined (i.e., TANF, Food Stamps, etc.) and documented.
Grantees should document income eligibility for programs supported by the Maddox Charitable


In general, the Charitable Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement for Pre-K (4/5 year olds) through traditional college age. The Charitable Fund is interested in:

- Pre-K programs
- Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
- Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
- Summer or after-school academic enrichment
- Math and reading programs
- Positive decision-making programs
- Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
- Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.


The part of the Fund's mission relating to wildlife conservation includes investment in programs that protect or conserve wildlife habitat as well as wildlife resources, and it reflects the Fund's founders' passion for hunting and fishing and the natural environment.

The Charitable Fund is interested in:

- Activities that get youth into the outdoors with wildlife
- Hunting and fishing programs
- Game and fish habitat conservation efforts

Programs must operate within the following geographic area.
The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund serves 41 counties of Middle Tennessee: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatche, Smith, Jackson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176086

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Within their three areas of interest, the Charitable Fund will not consider:

- Organizations incorporated for less than 3 years
- 501(c)(3) organizations that are government or government affiliates, supporting organizations or private foundations
- Endowments
- Debt reduction
- Depreciation
- Capital gifts
- Organizations not operating programs within the 41 Counties of Middle Tennessee
- Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
- Organizations primarily engaged in lobbying or electoral politics
- Congregations or religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their own members or for evangelical purposes. Exceptions are made for programs that: receive broad community support, keep separate financial statements, and primarily benefit persons outside their congregational members.

Faith Based Nonprofits:

The Maddox Charitable Fund supports nonprofits organizations that:
- Respect and value all faith traditions,
- Do not proselytize or evangelize.


For "Youth" projects, the Charitable Fund is less interested in:

- Health, dental and treatment programs for youth
- Drug treatment programs
- Counseling /Therapeutic Programs
- Pregnancy programs
- Camps and Conferences
- Infant and toddler programs
- Arts Programs
- Museums and historic preservation
- Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact.

The Charitable Fund will not support: emergency assistance, including family housing, utilities,
food or medical assistance.

For Education proposals, the Charitable Fund is less interested in:

- Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
- Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
- Programs for adults
- Parent education programs
- Early Childhood Programs
- Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
- GED/HSE programs
- Arts or music education programs
- Programs focused on infants and toddlers
- Counseling programs
- Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
- Vocational education or job training programs for youth or adults
- College assistance for adults
- Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
- School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations

For Education proposals, the Charitable Fund will not support:

- Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
- General scholarship programs
- Graduate school scholarship program
- Infant and Toddler programs

For Conservation proposals, the Charitable Fund is less interested in:

- General environmental education
- Urban greenspace and parks
- Projects that do not directly affect game and fish habitat-

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Maddox Charitable Fund will offer budget workshops for nonprofits wanting clarification on budget issues. We encourage new applicants to attend a workshop, but it is not required.

If you would like to attend a workshop, email Joseph Gutierrez with the date you would like to attend. Please limit attendance to 2 people from each nonprofit as space is limited.

Wednesday, December 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 100 Taylor Street 37208
Tuesday, January 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 100 Taylor Street 37208

Pre-Application Information:


Complete the online application and budget on the required budget form. All applications and documents must be submitted through the online system no later than January 15, 2019, 4:30 p.m. CST.

Grants will be announced in May. Funds are generally available on July 1.

Please Note: The Maddox Charitable Fund requires all grantees to have an up-to-date profile. For assistance updating your profile, contact the appropriate coach, based on your organization's name (see contact information below).

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 apply online:

Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund
100 Taylor Street A-20
Nashville, TN 37208

Kaki Friskics-Warren
Phone: 615-385-1006

Staff contacts for updating your profile:

Elizabeth Madsen works with organizations beginning with 1-9 and A-E. Kathryn Bennett works with nonprofits beginning with F-Z. They can each be reached at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee by calling 615-321-4939 or888-540-5200.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: The Foundation's 41 County-Service Area in Middle Tennessee