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Plough Foundation Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits to Address a Broad
Range of Community Needs in Shelby County

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Foundation / Corporation

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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that address the broad range of needs of those living in Memphis and Shelby County. Funding will be provided for a variety of programs across many different sectors. Examples of some of the types of grants recently approved include:

- College attainment and workforce development initiatives for adults and the underemployed
- Family violence prevention
- Academic excellence at our colleges and universities
- Teacher effectiveness in grades K-12
- Anti-crime and anti-recidivism
- Substance abuse and mental health
- Chronic homelessness
- Arts expansion and sustainability
- Parks, trails, and other quality of life amenities
- Anti-hunger and food desert elimination
- Health care delivery systems

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178621

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Plough Foundation only makes grants to 501c(3) agencies exempted by the IRS from federal income tax.

Geographic Focus:

The Foundation will fund programs and requests that directly benefit the citizens of Shelby County. To be precise, an organization can be located in Shelby County and propose a grant for Shelby County citizens or the organization may be located outside of Shelby County, but proposing to spend the funds exclusively in Shelby County.

The following types of requests will not be considered by the Foundation:

- Projects outside the Memphis/Shelby County area
- Individuals
- Lobbying activities or advocacy campaigns
- Annual fund-raising events, e.g dinners, galas, and tournaments
- Conferences and seminars
- "Crisis management" situations caused by poor planning or poor execution
- Private schools K-12
- Debt retirement

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for Concept Letters:

March 15 - May Board Meeting
June 15 - August Board Meeting
September 15 - November Board Meeting
December 15 - February Board Meeting

Grant Process:

In general, there are three steps to the approval process. All applicants will be notified of the status of their request at the conclusion of each phase. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, so there are four grant cycles in which applicants can participate.

Step One: Concept Paper

A brief concept letter (1200 words or less) should be submitted through the web portal designated for concept letters (see link in Contact Information section below).

Concept letters will be reviewed and either declined or approved for additional consideration. If declined, the applicant would be notified and would not gain access to the grant application portal. If approved, using the log-in credentials created, the applicant will be given access to the full grant application portal.

Click here for further information about the Concept Letter:

Step Two: Grant Application

Organizations whose projects interest the Foundation will be invited to submit a full grant application online. Review of the full application can be expected to take as much as four weeks.

Step Three: Approval of Application

Select applications will be forwarded to the Trustees for study prior to the quarterly meeting. The Board must approve any grants to be funded by the Foundation. Generally, applicants will be notified of their grant request status within twenty-four hours of the completion of the Board of Trustees’ meeting.

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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 begin the online application process and submit a Concept Paper:

Staff Contact:

Joann Christian, Executive Assistant
Phone: (901) 521-2779, Ext. 301

General Contact Information:

Phone: 901-521-2779
Fax: 901-529-4063

Plough Foundation
62 North Main Street, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Memphis and Shelby County