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External Grant Resources

Baptist Healing Trust
1919 Charlotte Avenue #320
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 284-8271
Fax: (615) 284-2683
Baptist Healing Trust is one of the major foundations in Tennessee. Since the inception of the Trust in 2002, over $24 million of grants have been awarded in the Middle Tennessee community. As the Trust matures, its goal is to have a sustainable impact on the health and lives of residents of Middle Tennessee and hospital caregivers and patients throughout the country.

The Frist Foundation
3100 West End Avenue #1200
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 292-3868
Fax: (615) 292-5843
Established in 1982, The Frist Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life in Nashville, Tennessee. As one of the largest foundations in Tennessee, it has been a philanthropic leader, serving as initiator, convener and catalyst among donors and nonprofit organizations. At present, much of the Foundation's funding is focused on the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, but it also offers a variety of grants aimed at building the capacity of agencies to serve the community and to address challenges facing our region.

The Memorial Foundation
100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. #320
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 822-9499
Fax: (615) 822-7797
The Memorial Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for people through support to nonprofit organizations. The Memorial Foundation responds to diverse community needs, assisting agencies that focus on: health, human & social services, education, senior citizens, youth and children, community services, and substance abuse programs. The Foundation also strives to respond to immediate, critical needs that arise in the community.

Nashville Predators Foundation
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
The Nashville Predators Foundation was created to funnel the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of this community. Since its establishment, the Nashville Predators Foundation has indeed made a significant impact on the Middle Tennessee community. Through the support of the fans at various fundraising events held throughout the year, the Foundation is able to award several hundred thousands of dollars in grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee area charities and community service organizations.

The HCA Foundation
One Park Plaza
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 344-2390
Fax: (615) 344-5722
The HCA Foundation focuses its grants on Middle Tennessee organizations supporting health and well-being and childhood and youth development. The HCA Foundation has contributed more than $131 million in grants to over 200 organizations and agencies in Middle Tennessee since 1998.

Arts Related Grant Sources

Tennessee Arts Commission
Executive Director: Anne Pope
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville TN 37243
(615) 741-1701
(615) 741-8559 (fax)
The Tennessee Arts Commission was created to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts. The Tennessee Arts Commission receives an annual appropriation from the Tennessee General Assembly. The Commission receives additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and from the sale of specialty license tags.

Metro Nashville Arts Commission (serving Davidson County only)
PO Box 196300, 800 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37219-6300
(615) 862-6720
Metro Arts, a publicly-funded agency of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, works to be a leader in cultural dialogue and a driver of outcomes-based change through arts activation. One of its tools, the Metro Arts’ grant program, invests in arts organizations and activities that demonstrate clear strategic outcomes for the citizens of Nashville. The agency provide operating support grants for Davidson County-based, arts-focused organizations and offers project grants for high-quality arts activities in Davidson County. Through grantmaking, public art, community gallery, Artober, and other partnerships and programming, Metro Arts tracks outputs toward improving the creative workforce, increasing arts access and enhancing quality and innovation.

Southern Arts Federation
1800 Peachtree Street NW #808
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 874-7244
(404) 873-2148
The Southern Arts Federation (SAF) is a not-for-profit regional arts organization that has been making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SAF is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), foundations, corporations, individuals and member states.

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506
(202) 682-5400
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases.

Information Sites

The Center for Nonprofit Management
44 Vantage Way #230
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 259-0100
(615) 259-0400 (fax)
The Center for Nonprofit Management is a nonprofit organization committed to helping nonprofits enhance their results by providing education, consulting, research, performance evaluation, and recognition. The Center focuses on turning knowledge into action. Created 20 years ago by The Frist Foundation and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Center’s goal was to enhance the services provided to Middle Tennesseans by improving the set of skills necessary to lead nonprofit organizations. The Center has touched more than 30,000 people since it began its work in 1986.

A Grantseekers Guide to Tennessee Funders is a powerful tool published by the Center for Nonprofit Management that your organization can use to put you in touch with more funding sources. It can reduce the time you spend looking for the right funding match. Each funder listing in the guide includes an address, phone number, contact person, board members, samples of grants awarded, contact procedures, geographic area served, financial data about assets and total grants awarded, and the areas of interest to the funder. Deadlines for proposals are also included where applicable.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Newspaper published bi-weekly
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

The Foundation Center
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30303-2914
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. More than 37,000 people visit its website each day, and thousands more are served in its five regional library/learning centers and national network of more than 275 Cooperating Collections.

The Grantmanship Center
P. O. Box 17220
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 482-9860
(213) 482-9863 (fax)
The Center has a library of winning grant proposals tailored to foundation and government funders, including examples of successful proposals to the Department of Health and Human Services. You can also find generic information about proposal development and grantseeking.

Fundsnet Online Services, perhaps the most comprehensive site of its kind on the Internet today, is a privately-owned website created in 1996 for the purpose of providing nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet.

Public Welfare Foundation
1200 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 965-1800
(202) 265-8851 fax
The Public Welfare Foundation was established in 1947 by Charles Edward Marsh, a newspaper publisher, and his wife Claudia. From its first grant in 1948 to the present, the Foundation's concept of human welfare has been broad and flexible to address changing needs. Inherent in all of its work, however, is a continued commitment to the Marshs' belief that the people who are most affected by a problem should be involved in creating and implementing solutions to address it.

Kresge Foundation
3215 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 643-9630
(248) 643-0588 fax
The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion national foundation that builds stronger nonprofit organizations—catalyzing their growth, helping them connect with their stakeholders, and challenging them with grants that leverage greater support. The Foundation concentrates its programming on capital campaigns as a key opportunity for nonprofit growth. In 2010, the Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees approved 481 awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year.