Communities thrive in places where health outcomes are not predicted by race or where they live. To build stronger, healthier communities, residents must have access to housing, quality education and healthcare, economic opportunities, as well as social connections, which all play a critical role not only in better health outcomes but also in improving overall well-being. In support of that, we will invest in place-based initiatives.

Place-based philanthropy describes an approach that targets a specific location—be it a neighborhood, municipality, or even multiple counties—upon which to focus charitable resources and make a transformative impact. –Milken Institute

Grant Recipients!

Cafe Momentum
Center for Family Development
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Clarksville Montgomery County Community Action Agency
Clarksville-Montgomery County Adult Literacy Council
Community Care Fellowship
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County,Inc.
Corner to Corner
Creative Girls Rock
Dream Streets
EPIC girl
Family and Children's Service
Free Hearts
From Your Father
Gideon's Army
Haven of Hope
Healing Minds and Souls
Homeland Heart
Legal Aid Society
Loaves and Fishes
Manna Cafe
Nashville Freedom School
Nashville Peacemakers
Pass the Beauty
Preston Taylor
Primary Care and Hope
Scotts Chapel
Shelbyville Soup Kitchen
Southern Movement Committee
Street Works
Crossroads Campus
The Nashville Food Project
Thistle Farms


Request amounts must follow the guidelines based on the size of the agency’s budget (operating expenses) for the most current budget year. Grants are awarded for one-year terms. If your organizational budget is less than $35,000, please contact a member of the program team to discuss potential funding. As a private foundation, our contribution beyond a certain budget percentage may tip a 501(c)(3) public charity into a 501(c)(3) private foundation status with the Internal Revenue Service. Learn more here about tipping.

$35,000 – $299,999
$300,000 – $999,999
$1M – $1,999,999
$2M and above

We will implement place-based initiatives that operate programs that intentionally target these specific zip codes or have a physical location in these zip codes:

Clarksville, 37042, Montgomery County

Shelbyville,  37160,  Bedford County

Nashville, 37208, Davidson County



To address the root causes of poor health outcomes and disparities that impact where residents grow, live, learn, and work.

Potential Funding Approaches:

  • Fund solutions and equitable access to primary care, mental/behavioral health, and oral health services
  • Fund equitable solutions around poverty, employment, housing, and food insecurity.
  • Fund and advocate for equitable solutions to address gaps in early childhood education and prevention of ACES.
  • Advance equitable solutions around violence prevention and criminal justice reform

We understand that completing a grant application can be time-consuming and reduce the time that you have available to deliver services that advance your mission.  Because of that, we ask that you keep your responses brief.

  1. Please describe any significant changes within the organization in the last year.  Examples of major changes may include rebranding, new programming, organizational policy change, change of major funding sources, and staff transition.
  2. What are your organization’s goals for the upcoming year? Your response to this question should include a description of your top strategic initiatives for the upcoming year.
  3. What emerging trends, changes in the community and/or changes in your service area do you anticipate impacting your work in the grant term and beyond? Examples may include shifts in the political climate, changes in client needs, improvements in the clinical landscape, etc.
  4. In addition to funding, how can we support your organization? Examples may include convening stakeholders, technical assistance, staff wellness, program evaluation, advocacy and policy, etc.
  5. We prioritize organizations that are led by and predominantly serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Please note if your organization is not BIPOC-led, it is still eligible for funding.
    • Does your Executive Director/CEO identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color?
    • What percentage of your Board and Staff identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color?
    • What percentage of your clients served identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color?
  6. What exploration and/or action is your organization taking toward racial equity Examples may include efforts to diversify board and staff, development of equitable policies and practices, attending trainings about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, etc.
  7. Please list relevant collaborators to your work. Describe the nature of the collaborations. For this question, collaborators are defined as nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, universities, etc. that help you achieve your organizational goals in 37208, 37160, and/or 37042.

All reports are submitted verbally. A program officer will reach out to you between the 9th and 12th month of the grant term to schedule a final report conversation. The conversation will be focused on the responses to the initial application questions.

March 1-31
March 31st, 5 p.m. CT
July 1, 2023

This application is closed and will reopen in 2024.