The HCA Foundation Grant

Grants to Central Tennessee Nonprofits for Children and
Youth Development, Health and Well-Being, and the Arts

GrantWatch ID#: 178804
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The HCA Foundation


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 to Central Tennessee nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of health and wellbeing, childhood and youth development, and the arts. Grants are awarded based on the type of grant request (program, operational, or capital) and the size of the operating budget of applicant organizations.

More details on the focus areas are as follows:

Health and Well Being
This focus area is the Foundation’s highest priority. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing, and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness, can be supported through HCA grants.

Childhood and Youth Development
The Foundation’s second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. Grants are intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service, and leadership.

Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community.

General Operational/Program: $2,500 - $25,000
Basic Need and Primary Health: $25,000 - $50,000
Special Project: Determined on a case by case basis.

The Foundation makes charitable contributions to tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Because the Foundation focuses its giving in Middle Tennessee, all requests outside of the Nashville area should be submitted to the closest HCA facility location or division office. A map of HCA facilities may be viewed at

Organizations must have a full and updated profile to be considered for funding. For more information please go to

The Foundation does not consider requests for:
- Individuals or their projects
- Private foundations
- Political activities
- Advertising or sponsorships of events
- Social events or similar fund-raising activities

As a matter of policy, the Foundation does not ordinarily support:
- Organizations in their first three years of operation
- Organizations involved in research, sports, environmental, wildlife, civic and international affairs
- Churches or schools (will support broad faith-based initiatives consistent with our mission and guidelines)


New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation at to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately 2 wks.) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization.

Grants received by the following deadlines will be reviewed at the corresponding board meetings:

- December 16, 2016 (February 2017 Board Meeting)
- March 17, 2017 (May 2017 Board Meeting)
- June 16, 2017 (August 2017 Board Meeting)
- September 15, 2017 (November 2017 Board Meeting)

Operational and program requests are reviewed at all quarterly board meetings. In 2017, the Foundation will accept capital requests on an exception basis. Please contact Foundation staff for more information.

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

Apply online:

Lois Abrams, Grants Manager
(615) 344-2390

The HCA Foundation
One Park Plaza, Building I – 4th Floor East
Nashville, TN 37203

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