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Joe C. Davis Foundation Grant

Grants to Nashville Area, Tennessee Nonprofits for
Health, Education, and Community Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Joe C. Davis Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 - Requests of up to $25,000 and requests starting at $25,000 will be considered.


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to Nashville area, Tennessee nonprofit organizations to benefit local communities in the areas of healthcare, education, social services, and community services. Applicants must contact Foundation staff prior to the deadline to access the application.

The Foundation makes contributions to charitable organizations exemplifying the core values of Joe C. Davis: the importance of personal initiative, perseverance, hard work, education, and entrepreneurship.

The Foundation seeks to invest in organizations with strong leadership; organizations with long-term, sustainable financial models; and organizations that are the leading experts in the relevant area of service.

Program Areas:


The Foundation supports a wide range of education-related organizations.

In recent years, the Foundation’s support of public K-12 educational programs has focused primarily on recruitment and development of top talent in the education sector, and on increasing the supply of high-performing charter schools. The Foundation’s support of private, tuition-based K-12 educational institutions is now limited to Montgomery Bell Academy and Harpeth Hall School, where the Foundation primarily funds need-based scholarships for academically promising students.

The Foundation supports a variety of early childhood programs, after-school programs, adult education programs, and workforce development programs. The Foundation has also supported a limited number of post-secondary institutions, most notably Vanderbilt University, but also a few others from time to time, particularly in specialized areas of training.


The Foundation supports a broad array of healthcare organizations and endeavors. These have included medical training, health and wellness initiatives, medical clinics serving the underinsured, addiction services, mental health services, and crisis services. Within these areas, the Foundation has, from time to time, funded facilities, research, technology, and routine services. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Foundation has primarily supported research and medical training.

Community and Social Services:

The Foundation supports a wide variety of social service organizations, with a particular focus on helping children reach their highest potential and helping adults become self-sufficient. Programming areas include such things as youth mentoring, parent education, workforce development, affordable housing, and community resource centers.

Types of Grants:

The Foundation generally prefers to make one-time grants designed to enhance existing programs, and sometimes to create new ones if they have a long-term financial sustainability model. The Foundation will also consider capital requests, including facility funding. The Foundation will consider relatively small grant requests in support of regular ongoing operating costs; however, multiple requests from the same organization over consecutive years are reviewed to be sure the Foundation is not creating excessive ongoing dependency upon its grants.

The Foundation’s larger grants are typically made only after fairly extensive interaction between the Foundation and the grant seeker over an extended period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178969

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Requests of less than $25,000 may be submitted for the February 15 or August 1 deadline.
- Requests of $25,000 or more may only be submitted by the August 1 deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation provides funds only to charitable organizations described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Except as may be incidental to other programs, the Foundation does not provide funding for (a) the arts, (b) environmental causes, or (c) religious activities.

The Foundation also does not make grants to individuals or for the support of fundraising events or dinners.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
-February 15th for March grant cycle
-August 1st for September grant cycle

In late March of each year, the Foundation considers grants that may be directed toward an agency’s ordinary operating costs, as well as grants for relatively small, one-time projects. The application deadline for the March grant cycle is February 15. The maximum request for a March award is $25,000. Any request over $25,000 will not be considered.

Grant requests for $25,000 or less may be submitted for either the September or March grant cycle, but grant requests for more than $25,000 may only be submitted for the September award period. The application deadline for the September grant cycle is August 1.

How and When to Apply for a Grant:

Contact Information:

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

To apply, contact Angela Goddard, Executive Director. Eligible candidates will be provided with the link to the online application portal.

Joe C. Davis Foundation
104 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 310
Nashville, Tennessee 37205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Nashville Area