The 2021 Discretionary Grant application opens on July 6 at 7:00 pm CST and closes on August 6 at 7:00 pm CST.

Discretionary Grant Guidelines

Nonprofit organizations working to improve the well-being of residents of Middle Tennessee* are eligible and are encouraged to apply for a discretionary grant.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across Middle Tennessee serving a wide range of causes, including: animal welfare, arts and humanities, conservation and preservation, environment, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing, and economic and community development.

Nonprofit organizations located in the following Tennessee counties and profiled at www.GivingMatters.com are eligible to apply for discretionary grants: 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.


How To Apply

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its Unrestricted and Field-of-Interest funds through an open application process to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations...

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Grant Toolkit

Access The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's grant toolkit to ensure you are bringing your best efforts to the table when applying for a grant.

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Grant FAQs

We have created a series of frequently asked questions on various topics with the hope that this will help you navigate the Discretionary Grant program...

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External Grant Resources

Find additional grant opportunities and helpful information within our external grant resources.

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Contact Information

Laundrea Lewis

Laundrea Lewis

Vice President of Grants

  • grants@cfmt.org
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Michael McDaniel

Michael McDaniel

Senior Nonprofit and Endowment Liaison

  • mmc@cfmt.org
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