CFMT: Discretionary Grants

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 13, 2019 2:30pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2019 10:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Tennessee: Bedford County, Cannon County, Cheatham County, Clay County, Coffee County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Tennessee: Bedford County, Cannon County, Cheatham County, Clay County, Coffee County Expand all

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Note: Organizations are required to have a complete and updated profile to be considered for The Community Foundation discretionary grants. New to Read the Requirement for grantseekers and complete the “Placeholder Form“. Deadline to create a profile and submit your placeholder form is the "pre-proposal" deadline above 

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awards grants for a broad array of charitable purposes.

The Community Foundation’s grantmaking is encouraging grant requests to support programs and those they serve in addition to operations. 

The Foundation has identified several broad categories in which needs exist and for which grant requests are encouraged:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Civic Affairs and Community Planning
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Education
  • Employment and Training
  • Health
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Human Services for citizens of all ages

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


  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will accept Discretionary Grant Applications for programs or projects from:
    • Nonprofit organizations legally chartered in Tennessee and in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue
    • Nonprofit Organizations must be headquartered in and serving the following Middle Tennessee counties:
      • Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson.
    • Organizations with programs or projects scheduled to take place from December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2018.
  • All 501(c)(3) public charities MUST have a full and updated nonprofit profile in in order to be considered for a discretionary grant. 
    • Organizations that are entities of government (i.e. libraries, schools, etc). Government entities are exempt from the requirement.


  • The Foundation is particularly interested in ideas that shed new light on the needs and aspirations of Middle Tennesseans with emphasis on providing long-term solutions. 


  • Organizations ineligible to apply:
    • Nonprofit organizations headquartered outside Middle Tennessee
    • Private Foundations
    • Private Schools
    • Grantmaking Organizations
    • Houses of Worship
  • Limited funds are available at this time. We cannot make grants to any organization that does not provide direct services or that intends to use these funds to support other nonprofits.
  • Unless there is compelling evidence that such support is vital to the success of a program meeting priority needs, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds are highly unlikely to support:
    • Advertising/Sponsorships
    • Annual Campaigns/Endowment Campaigns
    • Biomedical or clinical studies; other than those related to breast cancer
    • Capital Campaigns/Improvements
    • Curriculum-based school projects
    • Debt retirement or restructuring
    • Equipment and Technology for general operations
    • Events/Receptions
    • Federated fund drives
    • Fundraising events/Fundraising feasibility studies
    • Lobbying activities/Political activities
    • Multi-year grants for projects
    • Purposes/Services outside our service area
    • Public agencies for mandated services
    • Programs of a religious nature or programs requiring participation in religious activities or adherence to a particular set of beliefs as a condition for receiving services.
    • Replacement of Government Funding
    • Scholarships
    • Trips and/or conference attendance

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