Fund for Chattanooga Grant

Grants to Hamilton County, Tennessee Nonprofits for
Social Services, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Education Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 176786
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC) - Fund for Chattanooga


09/22/17 12:00 PM Noon

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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to Hamilton County, Tennessee nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or capital support that will benefit local residents. Letters of Intent are due September 8. Priority funding is intended for initiatives that will assist vulnerable populations.

Funding will be provided for innovative programs and initiatives focusing on the following areas:

- Health Behaviors/Healthy Environments
- Basic Human Needs/Social Services
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- The Needs of Immigrant Populations
- Early Childhood Development Birth through Grade 3
- Improved College Access
- Public Education

Funding is intended for either Program Development or Capital Expenditures.

Program Development:

- The Community Foundation seeks to meet the needs of people in Hamilton County by supporting the work and ideas of area nonprofits.
- Proposed programs are limited to a maximum request of $20,000, and should be based on a documented community need and have clearly articulated targeted outcomes, implementation plans, and evaluation plans.
- Pilot or demonstration programs intended to test and evaluate a model which, if successful, could be replicated by other community agencies (must include strong evaluation plan)
- Expansion programs (must include a description of the new target population for whom the program will be enhanced)
- Existing programs, which are not ready for expansion, are eligible to apply for supportive grant funding; however, low priority is given to these requests, and there must be well documented and strong sustainability and evaluation plans

Capital Expenditures:

- The Foundation provides an opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to apply for grants in support of capital needs.
- Proposed capital projects are limited to a maximum request of $20,000, and should directly further the mission of the organization and augment the ability of the organization to provide its programmatic services.
- Renovate an existing facility
- Build a playground (request should not exceed 10% of the playground cost or Community Foundation established funding limitation)
- Purchase equipment (including furnishings and computer equipment)
- Purchase an existing facility or construct a new facility or an addition to a current facility (low priority is given to requests for facility purchase, new construction, or new additions)

Priority will be given to requests that fall within a priority area and meet one or more of the following objectives:

- Serve vulnerable populations
- Assist those whose needs are not adequately met by existing services
- Engage constituents in the design of the project
- Address urgent community needs
- Ensure services are not duplicated by collaborating with other organizations to address complex community issues
- Improve the organization's sustainability
- Generate matching funds and in-kind donations from other sources
- Leverage other resources including matching grants, in-kind donations and other funding sources

All organizations applying for Foundation funds must be able to demonstrate the following organizational characteristics:

- Staff capacity
- Sound fiscal policy and responsible financial management
- An elected, engaged Board of Directors which fairly reflects the organization’s constituencies and has the ability and policymaking authority to complete the proposed project
- Capacity to conduct program evaluation
- Collaboration and cooperation with other organizations
- Understanding of and ability to describe the relationship between the proposed project and other services, and service providers, within the community
- A base of community and financial support

Grants made through the Open Grants Process range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Multi-year grants are given lower priority.

The Community Foundation welcomes applications from organizations that provide services in Hamilton County or primarily serve Hamilton County residents.

The applicant must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. In addition, an organization must not be substantially involved in political or lobbying activities. The Foundation will consider applications from faith-based organizations for programs or projects that are not faith-based in nature and that do not require devotion to a particular set of beliefs to receive services.

The Community Foundation is able to consider only one application per Funding Area (Program Development or Capital Expenditures) from the same organization per calendar year.

The Community Foundation gives low priority to requests from or for:

- Public agencies for mandated services
- Duplication of services already provided by other organizations within the same geographic area

The Community Foundation does not fund:

- General operating support for organizations
- Projects of a religious nature which require devotion to a particular set of beliefs to receive services
- Private schools, unless the school serves a unique population
- Private non-operating foundations
- Organizations where person(s) are excluded from employment, volunteer participation, or agency services, because of age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs and background, physical abilities, disability, sexual orientation, economic circumstances, and any other characteristic protected by law. Exceptions may be made for religious organizations who can demonstrate bona fide occupational qualifications based on religious belief for employment and volunteer participation.
- Endowment campaigns
- Conference expenses, memberships, tickets to events, or informational visits by experts or recognized speakers
- State, regional, or national organizations except for local projects
- Political candidates or organizations, fraternal organizations, or veteran organizations (per IRS guidelines)
- Advertising or telephone solicitations
- Feasibility studies for capital campaigns
- Fundraising expenses or activities or staff positions related to development or fundraising
- 15 passenger vans

2017 Deadlines:

Letter of Intent: Noon September 8, 2017
Full Application: Noon September 22, 2017
Decision Date December 5, 2017

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

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General Contact Information:

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
1270 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone: (423)-265-0586
Fax: (423)-265-0587
Genearl Email:

Staff Contact:

Robin Posey, Director of Programs

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