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GiVE 365's informed and aware membership, a group of 338 members, makes grants annually to support nonprofits in the greater Memphis area. Grants are intended to address a theme, chosen each year by the GiVE 365 membership. The 2020 theme is Stable, Safe & Thriving: programs that address housing security for Memphians. Eligible organizations that have a project or program that fits the grant theme are invited to apply. GiVE 365 members review the submitted applications in teams, and the teams make thoughtful and objective recommendations for grant finalists based on grant criteria. The grant finalists then present three-minute pitches about their proposals to the full membership at the Finals, an evening event in April. Based on these pitches and the applications, members vote for their top grant finalists online to determine grant awards.

Grant awards are $5,000 on average, and members have typically chosen to make grants to multiple organizations. The total amount available to grant out varies year to year. Click here for examples of past themes and grants. 

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session held throughout December and January each year. Select the APPLICATION PROCESS tab to register for a session. 


2020 Grant Theme

The 2020 theme is Stable, Safe & Thriving: programs that address housing security for MemphiansAll 2020 funding proposals must follow this grant theme, regardless if an organization is seeking support for a specific project, program, or operating expenses. 

Eligible Applicants

  • Grants can only be made to 501(c)(3) organizations. Programs sponsored by fiscal agents* are welcome to apply, with a signed memorandum of understanding between the applicant and fiscal agent. Only one application per organization, including fiscal agents, may be submitted. 
  • All applicants or fiscal agents MUST have a published, reviewed profile by the application deadline in order to meet the eligibility criteria.** See specific dates under Application Process regarding submitting a new profile or updating an existing one. Programs sponsored by a fiscal agent must be listed under Programs on the LIVEGIVE profile. 
  • Applicants are limited to organizations serving the greater Memphis area. 

*Email Director of Grants & Initiatives Elizabeth Warren or call her at (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, email LIVEGIVEmidsouth Program Associate Aerial Ozuzu or call her at (901) 722-0020.

Application Process

2020 Grant Timeline

Interested applicants can register to attend an (optional) information session held at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue. Select one of the following dates: December 13, 2019 | January 9, 2020 | January 15, 2020 | January 21, 2020 

December 4, 2019: The 2020 grant theme is announced. Nonprofits should determine whether their program or project fits the grant theme before applying. 

December 12, 2019: 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 23, 2020: 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, select the Profile Help Sessions tab on this page and register to attend a session. Email LIVEGIVEmidsouth Program Associate Aerial Ozuzu or call her at (901) 722-0020 for further assistance. 

February 5, 2020: Deadline to submit a complete application via the Grants portal by 4:00 p.m. All applicants must have a published, reviewed profile by this deadline. 

March 27, 2020: All applicants will be notified via e-mail by this date whether or not their proposal has been selected by GiVE 365 member review teams to be a grant finalist. If selected, finalists are required to present at The Finals event.

April 20, 2020: At an evening event called The Finals, a representative for each grant finalist organization is required to present their proposals to GiVE 365 members in 3 minutes or less. (Click here to watch recorded finalist pitches from past years.)

May 2020 (TBA): GiVE 365 members will vote online after The Finals, and grant awards will be announced at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting. 

Grant Reporting


Organizations that are awarded a grant are required to complete two grant updates—an informal, mid-term update due on October 1 and a final report to be submitted no later than April 15. These and any other grant requirements are included in the organization's grant contract.

Log in to GranteeView and submit written grant reports.

Once you have logged in, click on 'Application Status & History' in the portal's navigation menu. Search for the application associated with your grant by updating the search date range to 'Before [today's date]'. Click on the associated application, and complete your reporting requirements listed in the Application Uploads table. 

If the person who initially submitted your organization's application is NOT who will be the best contact throughout the grant term, email Director of Grants & Initiatives Elizabeth Warren or call her at (901) 722-0022.