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Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Grant

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

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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 a month before the deadline. All applicants should discuss proposals with staff prior to applying. The effort for which funding is requested must be consistent with the applicant organization’s overall mission.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178247

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Term of Contract:

Multi-year gifts may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Preference is given to organizations whose missions are the best fit with one of the five Briggs Focus Areas and to organizations that have worked with Briggs in the past although new organizations can be considered. Organizations requesting funding must have a profile on Where To Give at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

The Foundation does not accept requests from any organization in two successive application cycles unless specifically deferred by Briggs to the next cycle, and does not accept applications from organizations with an existing pledge.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Briggs has two funding cycles each year. Proposals for funding and supplementary documents should be submitted electronically by August 1 or February 1 of each year.

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. All communications must be with an organization employee.

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.

The Application Packet must be submitted electronically by the deadline date. Please contact the foundation to receive a proposal form. The Briggs proposal form is general and will not provide all information needed for thorough consideration. Follow-up will be needed for additional information that is specific to your organization and proposal. This takes place after all documents have been submitted.

The Briggs Review Committee discusses each proposal before presentation to the Briggs Directors for a final decision. Awards are announced after the foundation’s Directors meet in mid-November to decide on the August 1 submissions and in mid-April to decide on the February 1 submissions.

Contact Information:

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

To receive a proposal form, or to arrange a site visit, please contact Margaret Craddock, Executive Director, at

Please submit the Application Packet to the same email address by the deadline date.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Shelby County