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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 and announced in December. 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.
The 2021 theme is Equity Through Access: projects/programs that increase access and/or elevate the quality of life for communities of color. All 2021 funding proposals must follow this grant theme, regardless if an organization is seeking support for a specific project, program, or operating expenses.
*Email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu 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 LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile requirement, email Director of Community Information Olivia Wilmot or call her at (901) 722-0028.
Interested applicants can register to attend an (optional) information session held virtually via Zoom. Select one of the following dates: December 16, 2020 | January 8, 2021 | January 13, 2021 | January 21, 2020
December 8, 2020: The 2021 grant theme is announced. Nonprofits should determine whether their program or project fits the grant theme before applying.
December 15, 2020: APPLY HERE 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 25, 2021: Deadline for all applicants or fiscal agents to submit a LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org 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 Director of Community Information Olivia Wilmot or call her at (901) 722-0028 for further assistance.
February 4, 2021: Deadline to submit a complete application via the Grants portal by 4:00 p.m. All applicants must have a published, reviewed LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile by this deadline.
March 26, 2021: 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 virtual event.
April 2021 (TBA): A representative for each grant finalist organization is required to submit a recording of their proposal to GiVE 365 members in 3 minutes or less. This proposal will be aired at a VIRTUAL member event called The Finals. (Click here to watch recorded finalist pitches from past years.)
May 2021 (TBA): GiVE 365 members will vote online after The Finals, and grant awards will be announced.
Email Director of Grants & Initiatives Aerial Ozuzu or call her at (901) 722-0022 with any questions.
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.
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 Aerial Ozuzu or call her at (901) 722-0022.