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The HCA Foundation Grant

Grants to Middle Tennessee Nonprofits for
Health, Well Being, Arts, Children, and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The HCA Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/14/18 Receipt


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Grants to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations to meet local community needs in the areas of health and well being, the arts, and childhood and youth development. New applicants must submit a brief letter of inquiry at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Applicants requesting capital support must consult with program staff prior to applying.

Organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources, and a history of delivering quality services and meeting objectives are highly encouraged to apply.

Focus Areas:

Health and Well Being:
The Foundation’s highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. 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. The Foundation will award grants 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.

Grants are classified by type of grant as shown below:
-General Operational

The Foundation will accept capital requests on an exception basis. Please contact Foundation staff for more information.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178804

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Levels:
-General Operational/Program grants range from $2,500 - $25,000.
-Basic Need & Primary Health grants range from $25,000 - $50,000.
-Special Project grants are determined on a case by case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes charitable contributions to tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundation focuses its giving in Middle Tennessee.

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)

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations must have a full and updated profile to be considered for funding.

New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities.

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.

For capital requests, please contact Foundation staff for more information.

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.

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

-March 16, 2018 (May 2018 Board Meeting)
-June 15, 2018 (August 2018 Board Meeting)
-September 14, 2018 (November 2018 Board Meeting)
-December 14, 2018 (February 2019 Board Meeting)

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Middle Tennessee