Greetings and salutations, Community!

We have a lot to share with you this month, so read on for funding opportunities, a free workshop, and more!

Elizabeth Madsen Senior Manager

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's 2015 Discretionary Grant Application Due August 1


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's annual discretionary grant application is now available. All applications are due Saturday, August 1, 2015. Learn more and complete an application at Have questions about grants? Email


Important dates for Grant Applicants:

  • Wednesday, July 15 - any NEW profile requests must be submitted with all necessary attachments
  • Friday, July 24 - ALL profiles (both new and existing) must be fully updated and submitted
  • Saturday, August 1, 12 midnight - CFMT grant applications must be submitted
The Big Payback Creative Campaign Winner
Congratulations to Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) for winning the 2015 #BigPayback Creative Campaign Award made possible by the Danner Foundation. The entire crew came together in support of its #BigPayback fundraising efforts - with multiple events executed on May 5, crafting of its social media messaging, consistency in donor and advocate outreach, and one amazing video. By tying it together, this campaign rose to the top. Watch the NCT team "give it to you" here.

A special shout-out to Tullahoma Fine Arts Center and Bryan Symphony Orchestra, who also submitted very creative materials and received an honorable mention from the #BigPayback committee.

Giving USA Report Released


The Giving Institute and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a report last week with some good news for the nonprofit sector. The Giving USA Report states that Americans donated a record $358.38 billion last year, the most ever whether you measure the total in current, or inflation-adjusted dollars. Eight of nine types of charitable organizations saw growth in 2014. And, individuals were responsible for 72% of donations. Learn more about the Report and download free highlights online now. 

Free Workshop:
Communicating for a Cause 
A little birdie told us you might enjoy a free social media workshop. CFMT is pleased to host the Public Relations Society of America's Nashville Chapter for "Social Media on a Budget: Best Practices, Tools and Times-savers," led by Danielle Hall of McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations. You'll walk away with new tactics that can easily be implemented into your current social media strategies. They promise. 

Join us Thursday, July 30, from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. here at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (3833 Cleghorn Ave, Nashville, 37215). Space is limited and a light breakfast is included. Reserve your space by emailing Tyler Nelson by Thursday, July 23.

Opportunities and Deadlines


June 24 - Baptist Healing Trust Q3 preliminary application deadline  

July 1 - Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts Build Communities application deadline 

July 23 - Baptist Healing Trust Q3 full grant application deadline

July 27 - Partners for Places, an initiative of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities application deadline 

August 1 - The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee discretionary grant deadline

August 15 - Open Meadows Foundation application deadline  


Rolling Deadlines:

Ingram Industries Charities 

Frist Foundation 

The Memorial Foundation 


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In This Issue
CFMT Grant Applications
The Big Payback Creative Campaign Winner
Giving USA Report
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Director of Community Initiatives
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