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Plough Foundation Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits in Memphis and Shelby
County to Address the Needs of Local Residents

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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations in Memphis and Shelby County for programs addressing a broad range of economic and social issues facing local residents. Funding is intended to support areas that include, but are not limited to, homelessness, hunger, healthcare, academic excellence, and workforce development.

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 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.

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:

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, so there are four grant cycles in which applicants can participate. The following are the Deadlines for Concept Letters:

- March 15: May Board Meeting
- June 15: August Board Meeting
- September 15: November Board Meeting

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.

1. Concept Letter: These letters are considered on a first-come/first-served basis; therefore, it is advantageous to submit concept letters prior to the deadlines indicated. Concept letters are to be submitted online. Notification of approval or non-approval is typically received from the Foundation within 30 days or less from the date of submission of the Concept Letter.
2. Grant Application: If the applicant's Concept Letter is approved, the applicant will be given access to the full grant application portal.
3. Approval of Application: Generally, applicants will be notified of their grant request status within 24 hours of the completion of the Board of Trustees’ meeting.


The Grant Process:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

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

Courtney Leon, Program Officer
(901) 521-2779, Ext. 302

Plough Foundation
62 North Main Street, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38103
Fax: 901-529-4063

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Memphis and Shelby County