Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Grants

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

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Next deadline: Jul 31, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 10, 2021

Grant amount: US $15,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Child Care Services Basic Human Needs Health Care Access & Delivery Economic Services & Development

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Hamilton County, Tennessee

Location of residency: Hamilton County, Tennessee

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Based on our learning and in an effort to be responsive to the needs of the community, we are changing our Spring 2020 Grant Cycle into a cycle focused on frontline organizations meeting the most pressing community needs that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus.

Spring 2020 Grant Cycle

We will be offering $15,000 general operating grants to those organizations and efforts working with vulnerable populations to provide or maintain

  • Basic human needs: food and shelter
  • Access to medical and mental health services
  • Access to childcare
  • Income supports

We have a limited number of grants available, so we ask that you only apply if you are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. If you are not working in this space but know of others who are, please ask them to contact us.

We recognize the impact of this situation extends beyond these initial needs and are thinking creatively about how we can support our nonprofit partners once community needs are stabilized.

We thank you for your work in our community and for your flexibility during these difficult times. If you are interested in applying, please contact Robin Posey.

Fall 2020 Grant Cycle

Investing in Caring and Inclusive Communities

The Foundation seeks to build capacity among organizations that meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable, with funding priority given to projects generating broad community solutions, and top priority placed on strategies addressing the root causes of poverty. These root causes are numerous, but could include a lack of access to any of the following:

  • Affordable housing
  • Living wage jobs
  • Quality public education
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Community engagement

Building Organizational Capacity

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting grant requests that build capacity and bring organizations to the next level of operational, programmatic and financial effectiveness in a way that strengthens the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission over time. We believe this level of investment in our community partners is critical to building a strong and sustainable infrastructure to address the community’s greatest challenges.

Grants Process

We’ve worked to create a simple and streamlined grant process.

The Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals once per year for either capacity building or multi-year needs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to building a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. This commitment should be evident within internal structures, goals and approaches.

Capacity Building Grants

  • Limited funding for one-time project needs
  • Requested amount determined through consultation with program staff
  • Annual funding opportunity
  • Applicants must demonstrate how funding will enhance their capacity to meet their mission and address the foundation’s priority areas

Multi-year Grants

  • Up to three (3) years of unrestricted funding
  • Highly competitive
  • Applicants must submit current strategic plan and audit
  • Grantees will be asked to reflect on how their organization’s mission-related activities have advanced the Foundation’s priority areas during the grant period and report on the results achieved within the grant period as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan

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


  • Examples of grant seeker characteristics sought to secure funding
    • Clear organizational vision with corresponding goals, strategies and a written plan designed to measure progress towards goals
    • Necessary leadership, staff skills, and experience for successful plan execution
    • Capacity to measure organizational and program success and to apply learning for continuous improvement
    • Organizational decision-making strategy that engages those being served
    • Solid financial practices related to budgeting, forecasting and reporting to the board and a financial plan to support the organization’s strategic plan goals
    • Demonstrated knowledge of national trends in the field and use of best practices
    • An elected, engaged Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
    • Collaborative relationships that enhance the organization’s ability to serve the community
    • A broad base of community and financial support demonstrating organizational sustainability