Grant Programs

The Healing Trust supports nonprofits that provide health services in Middle Tennessee. We do this by providing grants, retreats, and leadership programs.

Counties We Serve

The Trust funds nonprofits in these 40 counties:

Q4 Grant Application Deadlines


Preliminary Application Due: September 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Full Proposal Due: October 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Grant Programs

Find out more about our Grant Programs below

Awards will be no more than 10% of an organization’s current fiscal year’s operating expenses or previous fiscal year’s contributed revenues (excluding in kinds), whichever of the two amounts is less.

Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to non-profit organizations with locations in Middle Tennessee that have been in operation as a 501(c)(3) for at least one year and that operate health-related programs that produce measurable health outcomes or advocate for healthcare access. Applying organizations must also have generated at least $35,000 in revenue (not including in-kind donations) in their previous fiscal year and have operating expenses of less than $20 million. All grant proposals should display and emphasize respect for the dignity of all persons. Applying organizations must have sustainable programs that fit into one or more of our areas of interest:

1. Physical Health (Must provide direct clinical services, caregiver support, or health system navigation through the Get Covered TN initiative to apply under physical health)
2. Mental Health
3. Recovery from Alcohol or Drug Addiction
4. Healing from Abuse, Neglect, or Violence

Applicants must also have their own statement of inclusiveness or non-discrimination. Please review The Trust’s Statement of Inclusiveness prior to making application to ensure that the potential applicant organization and its programs are consistent with inclusion. Additionally, applicants must attend our Introduction to The Trust’s Grant Application Process Workshop prior to applying.

Advocacy means problem-solving. These grants are for nonprofits that want to solve policy or program issues that will help Middle Tennesseans get healthier. We give them to nonprofits that focus on either increasing access to health services or preventing childhood trauma. We fund two types of Advocacy Grants:

1. Multi-year Advocacy Grants provide unrestricted funds for nonprofits with a well-developed advocacy plan. Recipients of these funds are committed to advocacy and to solving problems that affect many people because of a broken system. These can grants are $100,000 or less per year.

2. Capacity-Building Grants provide funds for nonprofits to improve their agencies before beginning advocacy work. These funds can be used for strategic planning and will prepare an agency to apply for a future multi-year grant. These grants are $15,000 or less.

Advocacy Grant applicants are required to attend an Advocacy Workshop before applying.

Get answers to FAQs about Advocacy Grants here.

We believe that the best care is delivered with compassion and empathy. These grants can be used for leadership training, staff development and/or consulting. Recipients of these funds are committed to increasing compassion, improving the work environment, and strengthening leadership.
Cultures of Compassion Grants are for leadership training, staff development and/or consulting. They are between $15,000 and $25,000.
Sabbatical Grants are for the nonprofit CEOs/EDs renewal. We give up to $25,000 for salary, travel, housing, and learning opportunities. Learning opportunities can include personal/professional coaching, spiritual direction, management programs, retreats, and conferences.The CEO/ED must have worked in a nonprofit for at least 7 years, with a at least 5 of those years as the CEO/ED.
Transom Grants are for programs that include clear goals, timelines, and measurable health outcomes. Health outcomes show the impact that the program has had on its participants. These grants are between $20,001 and $40,000.

We support current and new programs that have a documented community need.

We value holistic and compassionate care and consider these elements as we review grant applications.

Small Grants are $20,000 or less. They are accepted as part of our regular grant cycles and have a shorter application.

These grants are for programs that include clear goals, timelines, and measurable health outcomes. Health outcomes show the impact that the program has had on its participants.


Operating Grants provide unrestricted funds for nonprofits that have already received 3 years of grants from The Healing Trust. These nonprofits have organizational and financial strength and have received a grant from The Trust within the last 12 months. Grant size is based on the budgeted operating expenses of the agency.

Ready to begin your grant application?

1. Workshops

Before beginning an application, you first must attend our Introduction Workshop.

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2. Apply

Already attended the Introduction Workshop? You can start your application.

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3. FAQ

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ Page to learn more about the application process, eligibility requirements, deadlines and more.

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Beyond Grantmaking

Interested in our leadership programs, Salute to Excellence awards, or retreats? Visit our Beyond Grantmaking page to learn more.

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