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Hyde Family Foundations Grant

Grants to Memphis, Tennessee Nonprofits
for Education, Arts, and Civic Enrichment

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Grants to Memphis, Tennessee nonprofit organizations to strengthen local communities. Funding is intended for high-impact programs in the areas of K-12 education, arts and culture, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in local communities.

Applications will be accepted under the following program areas:

Transforming Education - The Foundations pursue game-changing reform in K-12 education in order to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for the city’s children. To improve educational opportunities for all children in Memphis, the Foundations seek proposals that focus on supporting three key ingredients vital to this work: schools, people, and advocacy.

The Foundations support efforts that aim to expand the number of high-quality educational options available to students and their families. They believe that truly successful schools have shared characteristics including high expectations for kids and adults, strong leadership, academic rigor, and clear benchmarks for student performance. The Foundations do not limit themselves to any single type of school or curriculum, thus, are open to all efforts that apply proven, successful models that afford kids the opportunity to excel in today’s world.

The Foundations are committed to supporting systemic initiatives that attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the field of education with priority placed on school leaders and teachers. Proposals should focus on developing human capital, as it is a fundamental building block for the success of the education system.

The Foundations support efforts to empower citizens as they strive to place education at the top of the civic-priority list. The Foundations support programs and initiatives that advocate for public policies that expand educational options for families, empower strong leadership, enable school-based decision-making and ensure that the state’s graduation requirements are aligned to college and workforce readiness.

Positioning Authentic Assets - Memphis is rich with distinct cultural, historical, physical and human assets unique to the city. The Foundations desire to work with innovative community partners to strengthen and showcase Memphis’ authentic assets in the areas of Arts and Culture and Civic Growth and Leadership.

Arts and Culture:
The Foundations seek proposals that strive to strengthen and promote the existing wealth of unique and quality artistic and cultural assets in the city. The Foundations support the development of cultural institutions that are the cornerstones of Memphis’ rich heritage and future growth.

Civic Growth and Leadership:
The Foundations believe that top-tier talent is key to the successful growth of the city. Therefore, the Foundations support initiatives that develop, attract and retain the next generation of leaders. The Foundations also invest in catalytic, city-building initiatives that will propel Memphis into the future and position the city for the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

Livable Communities - The Foundations seek proposals that align with three major impact levers: a strong urban core, connected people, and thriving neighborhoods.

A Strong Urban Core:
The Foundations seek proposals for activities that result in an increased number of citizens living, working, and attending school in the urban core.

Connected People:
Grants fund activities that implement master and operating plans in world-class parks; advance city-wide park advocacy and planning; build the capacity of community garden programs; expand trail and bike facilities; improve sidewalks and streetscapes; and strengthen transit infrastructure and service delivery. Desired outcomes include more people enjoying parks and accessing community gardens, increased walking and biking, and greater utilization of transit in the city.

Thriving Neighborhoods:
Grants are dedicated to activities that support neighborhood-based planning and capacity-building; educate citizens on best practices in city-building; and implement projects that are driven by community priorities. Outcomes sought by the Foundation include more civically active and engaged citizens, increased citizen knowledge and skills for empowered change, and improved neighborhood livability and quality of life.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178244

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum dollar amount for grants. Requested amounts should be based on the project or organizational budget and should take into account other sources of income.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will accept requests from 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Memphis or influence policy change at the statewide level.

Requests from political organizations or individuals are not accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

If the application due date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted until the end of the next business day.

You will be notified when the Hyde Foundations receive your application, and you will be notified again regarding the status of your request within six to eight weeks of submission.

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

Applicants may submit an application online or via mail in paper format.

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Or, mail the paper application, supporting materials, and cover sheet to:

Hyde Family Foundations
Attn: Lauren Jenkins
17 West Pontotoc Ave., Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Memphis or Statewide for policy change initiatives