How to apply

Applicant eligibility

Please note the following eligibility criteria for submitting a GiVE 365 application.

  • Grants can only be made to 501(c)(3) organizations, though a fiscal agent may be used with a signed memorandum of understanding between the applicant and agent.*

  • All applicants or fiscal agents MUST have a published profile by the application deadline in order to meet the eligibility criteria.** See specific dates below regarding submitting a new profile or updating an existing one. 

  • All applications must address the grant theme. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session. Register here.

*Please contact Elizabeth Warren at ewarren [at] cfgm [dot] org or (901) 722-0022 before applying with a fiscal agent. The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will not act as a fiscal agent.
**If you believe your organization or fiscal agent is exempt from the profile requirement, please contact Olivia Wilmot at owilmot [at] cfgm [dot] org or (901) 722-0028.

Important dates & deadlines

  • December 2018 - January 2019: Interested applicants can attend one of four information sessions held at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue. (OPTIONAL) Click here for dates/registration.

  • December 12, 2018: The 2019 grant theme is announced. Nonprofits should determine whether their program or project fits the grant theme before applying. 

  • December 18, 2018: Application opens online via the Grants portal. Click on the portal link to login or register as a Grant Administrator for your organization to begin the application process.

  • January 24, 2019: Deadline for all applicants or fiscal agents to submit a profile for review, including profile updates, in order to meet the eligibility criteria. If your nonprofit has not yet developed a profile, please visit this page to create an account and begin the process. For extra assistance, register here to attend a profile help session or contact Olivia Wilmot at owilmot [at] cfgm [dot] org or 901-722-0028. 

  • February 7, 2019: Deadline to submit a complete application via the Grants portal by 11:59 p.m. All applicants must have a published, reviewed profile by this deadline. 

  • March 20, 2019: All applicants will be notified via e-mail whether or not their proposal has been selected by GiVE 365 member review teams as a grant finalist. If selected, finalists are required to present at The Finals event.

  • April 2019 (TBA): At The Finals, grant finalists each present their proposals to GiVE 365 members in 3 minutes or less.

  • May 2019 (TBA): GiVE 365 members will vote online, and grant awards will be announced at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting. 

Download a PDF of the 2019 Applicant Eligibility & Deadlines here.


Check out these FAQs or contact Elizabeth Warren, Director of Grants & Initiatives, at ewarren [at] cfgm [dot] org or call her at (901) 722-0022.