Cultures of Compassion Grant

We believe that the best care is delivered with compassion and empathy. Cultures of Compassion Grants are for nonprofits that want to improve their staff’s ability to serve with compassion.

Cultures of Compassion Grants are for leadership training, staff development and/or consulting to improve or address an issue that is impacting the organization’s culture. Recipients of these funds are committed to increasing compassion, improving the work environment, and strengthening leadership. These grants are between $15,000 and $25,000.

1. Required Forms

Please download the budget form to submit with your Cultures of Compassion Grant application. The remaining forms will be submitted with the progress and final reports.

2. Application Details

The preliminary application is the first part of the grant application. The full proposal is the final part of the grant application. Deadlines for both parts of the proposal are located here.
Organization Information

  1. Identify your organization, including name, mailing address, phone, and fax, as well as a 100-word description of your organization and its mission.
  2. Indicate the Annual Budget for your organization.

Contact Information

  1. Indicate the primary contact for this request.
  2. Indicate your organization’s Executive Director. This is your organization’s highest-ranking salaried position. Could also be titled President or CEO.

Brief Program Description

  1. Describe the project or program for support and how the work will be accomplished. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  2. What are the goals of your project/program? (250 word limit)
  3. What activities are necessary to complete the project/program? (250-word limit)
  4. What are the measurable expected outcomes of the project/program? (250-word limit)
  5. Describe what evaluation tools your organization will use to measure your outcomes. (250-word limit)

 

Organization Information

  1. Identify your organization, including name, mailing address, phone, and fax, as well as a 100-word description of your organization and its mission.
  2. Does this program have a faith-based or spiritual component? If so, please describe how spirituality or faith is a component of the program for which funds are being requested.
  3. Please briefly explain why your agency would like to partner with The Trust. Please limit your response to 100 words.
  4. An update of your most recent year’s organization accomplishments and statistics. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  5. Your agency’s statement of inclusiveness indicating that services are provided without discrimination. This should be more than just your agency’s hiring practices. (100-word limit)

Contact Information

  1. Indicate the primary contact for this request.
  2. Indicate your organization’s Executive Director. This is your organization’s highest-ranking salaried position. Could also be titled President or CEO.
  3. Indicate the organization’s Board Chair.

Executive Summary

  1. Describe the project or process that you plan to implement to help the organization enhance its ability to provide compassionate care. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  2. Describe any collaborative partners and/or funds. Please limit your response to 100 words.

Needs Assessment

Tell us what is currently happening in your agency and describe what organizational cultural needs related to staff development and/or culture change need to happen in the future to enhance your organization’s ability to provide compassionate care. Please limit your response to 500 words.

Project/Program Description

  1. What is the title of your project/process?
  2. What is the total amount of support requested from The Trust?
  3. Please provide a detailed timeline that explains the time frame of your project/process. Indicate if you are requesting a multiple-year grant.
  4. What is the total budget for this project/process?
  5. Which of The Trust’s current interests best matches your project/process?When will this project/process start?
  6. Which geographic area is served by your project/process?
  7. What are the goals of your project/process? (250 word limit)
  8. What activities are necessary to complete the project/process? (250-word limit)
  9. What are the measurable expected outcomes of the project/process? (250-word limit)
  10. Describe what evaluation tools your organization will use to measure your outcomes. (250-word limit)
  11. Describe how your organization and the people you serve will benefit from this Cultures of Compassion grant. (500-word limit)
  12. Include a biographical sketch for the person leading the project/process. (250-word limit)
  13. Describe how the Executive Director and the Leadership Team will be involved in implementing and supporting this program. (500-word limit)

Project Financial Information

  1. Budget Justification: Give a detailed description of what is included on each line item and how the totals per line item were reached. In addition to describing EACH line item in your program budget, please also justify specifically how The Trust’s investment would be utilized.  For the administrative overhead line item, please describe your agency’s administrative allocation process. (1,250-word limit)
  2. Please describe any in-kind contributions that your organization is contributing. Organizational contributions or in-kind donations will strengthen the proposal. In-kind contributions could include donated food, staff time, or retreat space. (250 word limit)
  3. Describe how your organization plans to institutionalize and sustain the practices that were put into place by this grant once the grant term is completed. (1,000-word limit)
  4. List the name and title of staff/board member(s) in your agency that are able to access the agency’s secured checks. Describe how the checks are physically secured. List the name/title of staff/board member(s) that enter data (e.g. code checks, etc.) into the agency’s accounting system. Describe the accounting software used by the agency. Please describe how the accounting system data is backed up and how frequently back-ups are made. How are the back-ups secured? (100-word limit)
  5. Please list the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that prepare the monthly bank reconciliations(s). List the staff/board member that receives the monthly bank statements. Please list the individuals that review the bank reconciliation(s). Does the agency process its own payroll or does it use an external vendor? Please list the staff/board member responsible for entering payroll or submitting the payroll information to the outside vendor. Please list the name/title of staff/board member charged with approving time sheets. List the name and title of staff/board member(s) that receive and review monthly payroll reports. Please describe your agency’s process for tracking restricted donations. (250-word limit)
  6. List the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that are authorized to sign checks on behalf of the agency. Please describe how many signatures are required on checks. Please list the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that are responsible for approving invoices for payment. Please describe how frequently the board reviews the agency’s financial statements and other financial reports (payroll, expense listings, etc.). (100-word limit)

Required Attachments

  1. The Application Budget Form
  2. Unaudited Profit and Loss Statement/Statement of Activities (P&L) with aggregate year-to-date data rather than month by month statements. P&L for the year-to-date period should show AT LEAST six months of activity AND be through the most recently completed quarter.
  3. Unaudited Balance Sheet/Statement of Financial Position as of the date that the Profit and Loss Statement ends. For example, if your P&L is for January 1 – December 31, 2017, the Balance Sheet should be as of December 31, 2017.
  4. Organizational Chart (Please upload your chart as a pdf file and include the names and titles of staff)

Optional Attachments

  1. Letter(s) of Support.

Please contact Jennifer Oldham for questions about Cultures of Compassion Grants at (615)284-8271 ext 114.

We evaluate Cultures of Compassion Grants based on responses to the following questions.

1. Does this agency employ programs that benefit the health of individuals in Middle Tennessee?

2. Do the values and mission of this project coincide with the mission and values of The Trust to promote compassionate care, hope, and respect?

3. Has the applicant targeted the proposed program to solving an issue either within the agency or between agencies that if successful would ensure that more vulnerable populations receive loving care?

4. Is the leadership, particularly the CEO/ED, committed to implementing this program?

5. Does the proposed plan for organizational development use realistic methods with measurable outcomes and appropriate evaluation techniques?

6. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the program to succeed?

7. Is the budget realistic and appropriate to the scope of the proposed program?

8. Is the organization faith-based? (not required)

Cultures of Compassion grantees are required to submit a progress and final report. The following questions are included in those reports. To submit your progress or final report, please log in to your account and select “requirements.”

1. For each of your anticipated outcomes, please describe in the same format as your outcomes are listed, your current progress toward meeting your expected outcomes.

2. For each of your listed outcomes, please describe your data collection and analysis methods.

3. Describe any unexpected occurrences or problems. Additionally, if you have met less than half of your projected outcomes, please explain why.

4. Have you revised any of your original outcomes since the Cultures of Compassion Grant begin?

5. Do you anticipate any difficulties in completing your project in the time frame outlined in your proposal?

6. Please describe any changes that you have had with leadership or executive staff since the beginning of this report. Who is currently the key staff person implementing this Cultures of Compassion Grant? Please describe this person’s role and responsibilities and implementing the program and ensuring that the outcomes are met.

7. Specifically, describe any training or personal development activities that have been implemented as a result of the Cultures of Compassion Grant.

8. Has the Cultures of Compassion Grant allowed your agency to better fulfill its Mission? If so, please describe how.

9. Please list any ideas or best practices that you would like to share with other Health/ Human Services agencies implementing compassionate care?

Required Attachments

Current Financial Statements for  Progress Reports
1. Unaudited Profit and Loss Statement/Statement of Activities (P&L) with aggregate year-to-date data rather than month by month statements. P&L for the year-to-date period should show AT LEAST six months of activity AND be through the most recently completed quarter.

2. Unaudited Balance Sheet/Statement of Financial Position as of the date that the Profit and Loss Statement ends. For example, if your P&L is for January 1 – December 31, 2017, the Balance Sheet should be as of December 31, 2017.

Current Financial Statements for Final Reports
1. Unaudited Profit and Loss Statement/Statement of Activities (P&L) with aggregate year-to-date data rather than month by month statements. P&L for the year-to-date period should show one year of activity AND be through the most recently completed quarter.

2. Unaudited Balance Sheet/Statement of Financial Position as of the date that the Profit and Loss Statement ends. For example, if your P&L is for January 1 – December 31, 2017, the Balance Sheet should be as of December 31, 2017.

Ready To Start?

Applicants must also meet our general eligibility criteria.  You will need your agency’s Tax ID number to begin the application. Please remember to update and save after modifying any of the fields. We also suggest that you save your text in a Microsoft Word document as a backup.

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