General & Capital Grants

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 13, 2018 3:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 12, 2018 3:00pm PST, Feb 11, 2019 3:00pm PST, May 13, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Crittenden County, Arkansas, DeSoto County, Mississippi, Counties in Tennessee: Fayette County, Shelby County, Tipton County

Location of residency: Crittenden County, Arkansas, DeSoto County, Mississippi, Counties in Tennessee: Fayette County, Shelby County, Tipton County

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Overview:

Note:
  • Applications from Arts and Cultural Organizations are only accepted at the November deadline. 
  • Applications from schools, academic institutions or for education related programs, activities, or support are only accepted at the February deadline.
The Assisi Foundation Of Memphis, Inc. believes in philanthropy, done well.Our guiding principles begin and end with respect, compassion, service, and stewardship for our community and one another. We strive to effectively and to the best of our abilities, allocate resources to support the diverse needs of our community in a way that improves the quality of life for all.

The Foundation uses its resources for charitable endeavors that advance the well-being of people and institutions located in Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and Desoto County, Mississippi. Established as an independent private foundation, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. complies with applicable IRS rules and regulatory requirements in its operations and grantmaking processes.

Areas of Focus

We address pressing challenges while also searching for root causes with the goal of creating community-wide transformation.

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis serves nonprofit organizations that work to improve Memphis and the Mid-South. Our primary areas of focus are:
  • health and human services;
  • education and lifelong learning;
  • social justice and ethics;
  • cultural enrichment and the arts
Whether or not an organization falls neatly within these categories, we always invite the exploration of good ideas that align with our mission of philanthropy, done well.

Schools, Academic Institutions, or for Education-Related Activities, Programs, Projects, and Support: Special Notice

Any applications from schools, academic institutions or for education related programs, activities, or support will be considered only at the April Board meeting of each year. The deadline for applications will be in mid February of each year.

Cultural Enrichment & The Arts: Special Notice

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. will review grant request from arts and cultural organizations at the annual January board meeting. Deadline for applications for that meeting will be in November of the prior year.

Requests may be considered for:
  • capital campaigns/endowments,
  • renovations and repairs, and
  • underwriting special programming/artists (after all other options have been explored).
Any other types of requests (such as requests for audience development, marketing, or arts education) will be referred to ArtsMemphis. Any organization submitting an application must meet the eligibility criteria.

General Grants
Typical general grants include: 
  • Program support
  • Capacity building
  • Technical assistance
  • Operating support
Capital Grants
We also fund capital projects designed to improve the physical assets of an organization. 

Typical capital projects include:
  • Building: new construction, addition to existing facility, or renovation
  • Technology installation or upgrade, computer hardware/software, audio-visual equipment
  • Fixtures, furnishings, and equipment

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation uses its resources for charitable endeavors that advance the well-being of people and institutions located in Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and Desoto County, Mississippi.
  • Your organization must have tax-exempt status.
  • Organizations must certify they do not discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, creed, national origin, religion, or disability status.
  • General Grant Requests:
    • The requesting organization should:
      • Demonstrate the expertise and experience necessary to accomplish the project
      • Operate under sound financial principles
      • Have a plan for ongoing financial and community support for sustainability
  • Capital Grant Requests:
    • The requesting organization should:
      • Include a method to evaluate the success of the campaign.
        • For example, will the success of the campaign be based upon reaching the goal, finishing the project on schedule, or increasing services provided as a result of the campaign?;
      • Have raised in cash or pledges at least 50% of the capital campaign total;
      • Have leveraged other support.

Preferences:

  • General Grant Requests:
    • Preference is given to requests that:
      • Address a critical community need or opportunity
      • Address root causes of a problem
      • Include clearly stated goals, timelines, objectives, and measurable outcomes
      • Include an effective mechanism for measuring the impact
      • Exhibit sound and realistic financial plans as well as a diversification of funding sources
      • Will not duplicate existing services unless there is a clear need for additional services
      • Can be replicated by other organizations
      • Involve collaboration or cooperation with other organizations
      • Promote activities that build and sustain connections among diverse groups
  • Capital Grant Requests
    • Preference is given to requests that:
      • Demonstrate that the project is necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization and conduct its programs, and is part of a long-range plan for the organization;
      • Serve a broad segment of the greater Memphis area;
      • Enhance or improve the organization’s ability to meet the needs of those it serves;
      • Provide a detailed, itemized capital project budget;
      • Demonstrate a diversification of funding sources, including agency and board contributions, public appeals, grants, and loans;
      • Provide a project time-line/schedule that includes start date of capital campaign, expected duration of the campaign, plans for additional funding if needed, and date that the actual construction/renovation will begin;
      • Explain the impact that the project will have on the agency’s ongoing operating budget.

Ineligibility:

  • Grants are not made to or for:
    • Individuals
    • National fundraising drives
    • Auctions
    • Dinners
    • Outreach ministries or projects of only one congregation
    • Tickets for benefits
    • Political organizations or candidates for public office
    • Lobbying activities
    • Recurring budget deficits
    • Festivals
    • Health fairs
    • Tournament fees and /or travel for athletic competitions
    • Evangelization (religion)
  • Ordinarily, grants are also not made for:    
    • Program expenses that occur on a regular basis (i.e. annual workshop series, membership dues, regularly needed medical equipment or patient care)
    • Regularly supported activities of fundraising organizations
    • Replacement of government funding cuts
    • Conferences
    • Scholarships
    • Sponsorships
  • Perpetual ongoing support for programs will not be provided.