The Tennessee Disability Coalition (TDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce our semi-annual round of discretionary small grants. We are now accepting full proposals for the Fall 2020 grant cycle until 12pm CT on October 30, 2020. Please note: only recipients of an approved letter of interest should submit a full proposal.
For the Fall 2020 grant cycle we are accepting submissions through this online form only. You may begin and save your progress through this form. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission has been received. If you need an alternate format, please contact us at: 615-383-9442.
We will notify you by November 30th, 2020 if your full proposal has been chosen for funding.
In keeping with the mission of the Coalition to help build a society that includes and values people with disabilities, the purpose of the grants is to build capacity in the disability community to serve individuals with disabilities and their families. In general, there is no funding available for one-time conferences.
The Board of Directors has adopted the following definition of capacity building from the National Council of Nonprofits for the purpose of this grant program:
Capacity building is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today -- it's about the future. Distinct capacity building projects such as identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, developing a leadership succession plan, identifying more efficient uses of technology, and engaging in collaborations with community partners -- all build the capacity of a charitable nonprofit to effectively deliver its mission in the future. When capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, and enhances the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.
The Tennessee Disability Coalition grant funds are available for award to projects/programs in the State of Tennessee, United States of America (USA) that are IRS-designated tax-exempt organizations-501(c)(3) and to governmental entities. Private foundations are not eligible to apply.
Five grants for up to $10,000 each may be awarded in this grant cycle. Awards will be merit based. Funds will be awarded in two installments: half after a contract is signed, and half after receipt and approval of the five-month report.
All grantees will be required to submit:
- A five-month progress report
- A final report, including a final budget report, within six weeks following the end of the project term.
Please review information about this grant opportunity online at: www.tndisability.org/smallgrants
If you have additional questions, you may contact Alice Bowen at: