The four grant proposals below were vetted and selected as grant finalists by our GiVE 365 grant review teams among 49 other applications. Unfortunately, the requests for funding from all our GiVE 365 grant finalists exceeded the amount available to grant, and these proposals were unable to be funded. 

If you are interested in supporting the work of any of these worthy programs, please click on the organization's name or logo below. This will direct you to their organizational profiles on WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org where you can donate directly or learn more

Other 2018 grant finalists

Opera Memphis 
Amount requested: $10,000
The McCleave Project - In 1924 Florence McCleave became the first black woman to sing at a major opera house in Europe. Back in the US she had few options in opera but had an illustrious career as a teacher, based in Memphis. The McCleave Project seeks to Reconnect Memphis through a collection of initiatives aimed at opening up new avenues of engagement with people of color. In doing this, we can celebrate the history of black opera in Memphis while building a more equitable future for the art. Read application

Southern College of Optometry
Amount requested: $5,000
Connecting Recovering Addicts with Student Eye Doctors for Shared Success - The program unites two groups who are otherwise unlikely to interact: SCO students and patients in addiction treatment programs. The program gives eye care to support recovery and success in life, while giving future eye doctors perspective on the journey of addiction and recovery and making them better caregivers. The programs benefits are mutual and reciprocal: patients gain eye care, as well as respect and confidence, while students gain compassion for people who seem different from them. Read application

South Memphis Shalom Zone (fiscally sponsored by Center for Transforming Communities)
Amount requested: $4,650
Can Do University - Can Do University will provide a space for community members to build inter-generational relationships while learning to appreciate their neighbors gifts and skills.  The participants will learn trade skills from local neighbors that can be used in everyday life and help to improve their community. Read application

Us Making It Happen Shalom Zone (fiscally sponsored by Center for Transforming Communities) 
Amount requested: $7,200
Bridging the Intergeneration Gap between Youth and Seniors - Building an intergenerational bridge for seniors and youth is an initiative that will work to empower and unite seniors and young people in Southeast Memphis and help them to develop an appreciation for each other that promotes greater social interactions, eradication of negative stereotypes, and creation of forums to share and listen, resulting in a better quality of life and sense of community. Read application