About Our Partners

WHEREweLIVEmidsouth and WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth are made possible by an unprecedented collaboration among the Greater Memphis funding community, including private foundations, public charities, corporations, and individuals. To learn more about their work in the community, click on each organization's logo.


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For over 50 years, ArtsMemphis has been sustaining Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality.  We pursue this mission through strategic grantmaking and services to arts groups and individual practitioners, along with arts-based initiatives that empower underserved populations.

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The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc., a private foundation, serves nonprofit organizations that work to improve Memphis and the Mid-South. Through our partnerships, we address pressing challenges while also searching for root causes with the goal of creating community-wide transformation.

Upcoming Proposal delivery deadlines:

May 11, 2017 | August 17, 2017

Grant Seekers | FAQs


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The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation supports Memphis arts, civic, education, social service, and youth organizations whose initiatives and programs have broad and transformative impact, elevate educational achievement and socioeconomic advancement, promote pride in Memphis, and help all feel welcome and included.

Funding cycles: February 1 and August 1

Funding Focuses and Application Guidelines


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The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis helps individuals, families, and organizations invest in the organizations and causes they care about most. Together with our donors, we fulfill our mission to strengthen our community through philanthropy. 

Grant Opportunities | GiVE 365 Grants

GiVE 365’s 2017 Theme: Foundations for the Future. In an effort to address some of the many causes of poverty in our community, grants will support programs that help youth meet their potential (programs or projects offer opportunities for youth to learn and develop in areas including: education, vocation, recreation, mentoring, behavioral health & support groups, entrepreneurship, the arts, and technology).



Global citizenship at FedEx is about connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully and integrating citizenship objectives into the core of our business. It’s how we move possibilities forward for economic development, the environment, communities and people.

 Charitable Giving Guidelines | Click here to enter your EIN to begin eligibility process


First TN

Since 1993, the First Tennessee Foundation has invested more than $65 million to meet the needs of the communities that we serve. We invest in a way that engages our employees, responds inclusively to needs, and promotes progress and prosperity across Tennessee.

The deadline for 2017 applications ended December 1, 2016. Please contact your regional community investment manager if you have any questions.


Hope CCF

Hope Christian Community Foundation aids Mid-South donors in investing strategically for the building of God’s Kingdom. The Foundation’s mission is to encourage philanthropy and increase giving. We seek to transform the city of Memphis through churches and ministries that combine Christian faith and Christian action.

Hope for Memphis Fund (HFMF) | Grant Submission Template


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The Hyde Family Foundations are committed to building a better Memphis. Our mission is to empower the people and programs that are making real differences in the community, and to provide leadership on public policy issues that will transform Memphis into a world-class, 21st century city.

We identify, create and support high-impact initiatives in Memphis, focusing on three distinct areas of influence: transforming education, positioning authentic assets, and livable communities.

Grant Information |Grant request | Deadlines


 Jewish Foundation Of Memphis

The Jewish Foundation of Memphis promotes a culture of philanthropy through its partnership with numerous non-profits and 100s of philanthropists – ages 8 through 108!  Since its founding  in 1995, JFOM has aimed to build a life-long love of giving among members of the Jewish community and secure the future of the Memphis Jewish community through the building of endowment funds.  Flagship programs have included “B’nai Tzedek” teen philanthropy program and “Create Your Jewish Legacy” which promotes the inclusion of charitable estate gifts.   

Federation Impact GrantMillennial Challenge Micro Grant


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The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation honors the legacy of its founders, Kemmons and Dorothy Wilson, and builds on their commitment to transform the Greater Memphis community through grantmaking and programs driven by family leadership. 

Next deadline: August 15, 2017 | Grant application processGrant Application login


Grizzlies Foundation

The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation is dedicated to harnessing the power and promise of sport to transform lives of children living at risk. As the philanthropic arm of the Grizzlies organization, the Foundation is focused on finding, funding and creating youth development programs in Memphis that help students grow to their full potential.


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“You do the greatest good, when you help the greatest number of people.” – Abe Plough. 

Simple, yet profound -- these words summarize the mission of the Plough Foundation. The leadership of the Plough Foundation, a private foundation, knows there are many pressing social and economic needs in our community. We strive to meet those needs in an impactful and sustainable way for the good of the Memphis and Shelby County community.  The Foundation has existed for almost 50 years and funds a wide-variety of programs, facilities and needs throughout the Shelby County Community. 


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United Way of the Mid-South improves the quality of life for Mid-Southerners by mobilizing and aligning community resources to address priority issues. It works to improve education, income/financial stability, and health. Through its vital support of 80 agencies and major collaborative initiatives, it impacts people across the 8-county Memphis metro area every day. Under the leadership of its new President/CEO Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, United Way has relocated to a neighborhood in the heart of Memphis and has a stronger focus on addressing the economic challenges faced by individuals and families across the area. 


The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit grant-making organization. Fostered by an initial gift from local philanthropist Mertie Buckman, it was established in 1995 to encourage philanthropy, foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

Through grant making, research, community initiatives, and public-private partnerships, the Women’s Foundation has collectively raised $15.5 million. Since 1996, $7.8 million has been awarded to 447 programs and $7.7 million has been raised for Memphis HOPE®, serving 17,000 people each year.

Grants Overview

The grant application for 2016-2017 will be "by invitation". The Request for Proposal is circulated December 16, 2016.


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The Urban Child Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children from conception to age three in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. Through data-driven research and result-oriented initiatives, we have discovered that many of these problems can be solved by making a few easy changes during the critical ages of zero to three. Yes, 0-3.

With this in mind, we have dedicated our work to improving the lives of children and increasing the social capital of Memphis by taking this knowledge and research and turning it into meaningful action that changes existing policies, and in turn, changes lives.

 How to Apply for Grants

Letter of Intent is due January 1, 2017


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Poplar Foundation


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Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places Grant Program – a project of the Funders’ Network for

Smart Growth and Livable Communities


Updated March 13, 2017