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Types of Support

Sustaining Operating 


Support for selected organizations contributing significantly to the Nashville area. Grants are awarded one year at a time and are subject to review on an annual basis.


Project and Program

Funding for specific projects, equipment or programs incorporating well-defined objectives and timetables and promising broad benefit. They are usually awarded for a maximum term of one year, with evaluation required at the end of the grant period.


Capital - *The Foundation is not currently accepting multi-year grant requests*


Support for major capital projects of organizations with strong records of community service. They must provide a credible fund-raising plan, as well as demonstrate the capacity to maintain buildings and equipment once they are in place. The maximum term is usually five years.


Director Designated


Members of the Committee on Beneficiaries can elect to direct a certain amount of grant funding to eligible nonprofit organizations of their choosing. While these grants may not reflect the overall funding priorities of the Foundation, they do reflect the diverse interests of the committee members. Since these grants are initiated internally, uninvited proposals will not be considered.


For legal reasons, the Foundation does not support individuals or their projects, private foundations, political activities, advertising or sponsorships. As a matter of policy the Foundation does not ordinarily support: 


Projects, programs or organizations that serve a limited audience or a relatively small number of people.


Disease-specific organizations.


Biomedical or clinical research.


Tax-supported institutions.

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