Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Grant

Grants to Shelby County, Tennessee Nonprofits for Arts,
Youth, Education, Social Services, and Civic Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 178247
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Thomas W. Briggs Foundation


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Grants to Shelby County, Tennessee nonprofit organizations to benefit local communities in the areas of arts, education, civic enhancement, youth, and social services. New applicants must consult with program staff at least one month prior to the deadline. All applicants should discuss proposals with staff prior to applying.

The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation focuses its support on the following:

-Arts: Efforts that offer enriching cultural experiences throughout the city and position Memphis as a community of broad, uplifting artistic amenities

-Civic: Efforts that build on the uniqueness of Memphis, enhance the quality of life and provide opportunities for all people to interact

-Education: Efforts in local primary and secondary schools that improve the quality of teaching and assist students, especially the disadvantaged, in succeeding in the classroom and in the job market; and efforts of local higher education institutions that encourage and ensure excellence

-Social Services: Efforts that address local issues and concerns that improve the quality of life for individuals in need and empower them to become contributing members of the community

-Youth: Efforts that prepare young people for academic success and responsible citizenship.

The effort for which funding is requested must be consistent with the applicant organization’s overall mission.

In making grants, the Thomas W Briggs Foundation seeks to leverage its gifts and to participate in community efforts that have wide support and generate measurable differences.

The Foundation may consider funding for seed money, capital support, multi-year gifts, entrepreneurial/innovative efforts and for annual operating activities that will help take an existing effort to scale.


Multi-year gifts may be considered.

The Foundation limits its funding to 501(c)3 nonprofits in Shelby County Tennessee.

The Foundation does not fund seminars, events or any activities or projects intended for religious worship purposes; and does not fund endowments or debt relief.

The Foundation seldom funds elementary or secondary schools, though rare exceptions may be considered for extraordinary proposals from schools whose mission is to educate disadvantaged students. Any school considered must be a 501(c)3 entity.

The Foundation does not fund any organization indefinitely.

Briggs has two funding cycles each year. They begin on August 1 and February 1 of each year. Each cycle proceeds as follows.

Although full applications are due on February 1 and August 1, potential grantees’ discussions with the Foundation about their application should begin well before that date. The Foundation requests notification of intent to apply and the nature of the request.

Discussion before the due date can address potential issues and can help develop the clearest proposal. This requires time and must be started before the deadline.

New applicants and those that have not received Briggs funding in the past ten years must arrange for a site visit or telephone conference with the Foundation’s executive director at least one month before the beginning of the funding cycles on August 1 and February 1.

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

Margaret Craddock, Executive Director

Thomas W Briggs Foundation
119 S. Main Street, Suite 500
Memphis, TN. 38103

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