The 2019 grant theme is Pathways to Success. Grants totaling $63,400 will support projects or programs that provide workforce training and career development.

After careful review by member teams, 12 applicants have been selected as grant finalists to pitch their proposals to the membership at the Finals on April 8. GiVErs are invited to watch those 3-minute presentations in person at The CMPLX, remotely on Facebook Live, or later, on YouTube.

GiVErs are then asked to submit their top five choices using a voting link sent after the Finals on April 8. One vote per membership is permitted, so if you are part of a membership with a partner, only the voting member will receive an email with the voting link (although you are encouraged to discuss and vote together). 

We will announce the grantees on May 14 at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting, and you will get to see a year's worth of impact and progress. We will keep you updated on the status of the grants, invite you to engaging events with featured grantees, and give you other opportunities to have fun with fellow GiVErs.

To be eligible to vote, join or renew your GiVE 365 membership today!

2019 Finalists

1. Advance Memphis
Amount requested: $5,000
WorkKeys Training - Advance Memphis supports South Memphis adults on the path to economic stability.  WorkKeys training (a national career training curriculum) develops those already working through Advance Memphis Staffing by equipping them with WorkKeys operator skills. This rolling class enhances the graduates' marketability, moving them closer to full-time employment.  Read application

2. ARK Farms 
Amount requested: $8,000
Youth Empowerment Internship - Teens in Memphis-area communities develop workforce skills and practical work experience in a farm setting, motivated by the restoration of rescued animals. Through projects they design and build, interns gain skills, confidence, work ethic, and connection with people from diverse backgrounds. After completing the summer training, they are offered paid positions on the farm. Read application

3. Artesian Schools
Amount requested: $10,000
SECHS Workforce Opportunities Program - Southwest Early College High's students can earn an associate degree in IT, Business, or Allied Health. The school recognizes that academics alone do not adequately prepare students for success in the workplace. In 2019-20, with its first class of 11th graders, the school will launch a workforce exposure and readiness program. Read application

4. CodeCrew
Amount requested: $10,000
Code School - Code School is a hands-on class designed to train individuals to be entry-level software developers with a six-month course. The minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Students work in a small classroom setting and use real-world technologies to learn the fundamentals of coding and app development, in addition to the leadership and life skills needed for a successful career and job market competitiveness. Read application

5. Hope House
Amount requested: $9,640
Self-Sufficiency Support Group - This weekly class for Memphis adults affected by HIV and poverty is facilitated by Hope House staff and covers finding employment, barriers to obtaining employment, self-esteem, and budgeting. Read application

6. HopeWorks
Amount requested: $10,000
Personal & Career Development Program - HopeWorks provides job training and assistance with job placement to improve the lives of vulnerable and incarcerated Memphians. The program teaches life skills, workforce readiness, computer basics, and money management; assists with job searches; arranges internships; and provides personalized case management for each participant. Read application

7. Indie Memphis
Amount requested: $7,500
Youth Film Program - As part of its mission to create community and support the development of filmmakers of all genders, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, the Indie Memphis Youth Film Program provides 7th to 12th grade students year-round support. Career development is accessed through workshops, mentoring, and apprenticeship all at no cost, culminating in student short film premieres at the annual Youth Film Fest on September 7, 2019. Read application

8. Madonna Learning Center 
Amount requested: $10,000
Monarch Adult Program - The Monarch Program focuses on daily living skills, social skills, and job preparation for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Madonna Learning Center's goal is to help them gain useful, real-life job experiences and become more independent so that they may excel in today's world. Read application

9. Memphis Athletic Ministries
Amount requested: $5,000
Youth Career Readiness Program - The program combines work and life skills training to develop individuals for success in the workforce, college, or military. The long-term impact will be that its youth, as adults, will have the skills to navigate life after high school, regardless the path they choose. Read application

10. Mid-South Community Justice & Mediation Center
Amount requested: $10,000
Restorative Justice Conflict Resolution Training - Mid-South CJAM will offer free conflict resolution training, focused on development of skills to resolve conflicts in the workplace.  The group's training has two separate and distinct components. One training component focuses on conflicts between supervisors and employees, administrators, and teachers. The second component focuses on the use of restorative justice circle training to reduce teacher/student classroom conflict. Read application

11. SRVS
Amount requested: $10,000
Independence Coach Model - SRVS' Independence Coach model aims to transform services for people with disabilities from a traditional caregiver model to one of coaching, teaching, and mentoring. Expansion of this model will result in improved quality of life for the people SRVS supports and decreased turnover among support staff. Read application

12. Su Casa Family Ministries
Amount requested: $7,100
English as a Second Language Classroom Upgrades - English as a Second Language classes at Su Casa are unlocking the economic potential of the largely undercounted, underserved, and often unseen Latino immigrant community of Memphis. Language and cultural barriers often trap the immigrant community in limited job opportunities and stunted career development, but through language access and relational capital, they can advance to better jobs, start small businesses, and better advocate for their families. Read application