NBF Grant Guidelines
Guardianship & Trusts Corp.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
Tennessee Justice Center
Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
The Nashville Bar Foundation provides funding for projects that further its objectives and purposes. To be eligible, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) and must provide a copy of its 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Shirley Clay.
The Nashville Bar Foundation will allocate funding each budget year on the basis of written applications in a format prescribed by the Foundation. The Grant Application can be submitted online or downloaded and mailed in.
Applications are accepted December 1 through January 15 each year. Applications received after January 15th will not be considered by the Foundation. A typical grant is $2,500 or less. All applications will be screened initially by the staff of the Foundation in order to review the completeness of the application and to establish the eligibility of the applicant to receive Foundation funds. The Foundation may, in its discretion, request supplements to the applications and make on-site visits or require an applicant to appear at a Board or Committee meeting.
The Nashville Bar Foundation Board of Trustees will make the final decision on which grant applications to fund and the amount of funding. The Foundation reserves the right to make changes in this program and to refuse to award or renew any grant to a grantee in its sole discretion. Applicants will be notified in writing by March 1st of the disposition of any grant application that has been timely submitted on or in advance of the applicable deadline. All grants will be made pursuant to a written acknowledgement by the Foundation to the recipient, setting forth any terms and conditions of the grant award. The method of payment (prepayment, installments, or reimbursements) will be specified on a case-by-case basis at the time of making the award. The Foundation may require an accounting of funds expended as a condition of the grant.
Emergency Grants are intended for sudden, unanticipated, and unavoidable challenges that, if not addressed immediately, could adversely impact an organization's stability and/or ability to achieve its mission. Applications for emergency funds must follow the Grant Application Guidelines (except with respect to the Grant Application deadline) and shall be made to the Foundation through the Executive Director. If the request for emergency funds precedes the next scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees by more than 30 days, the Executive Director shall forward the application to the Board President, who may request a special meeting of the Board to act upon the application.
Recipients of Foundation grants must provide the following information to the Foundation:
- A final written report as to how the grant money has been spent and the results achieved.
- A written interim report, if requested as a condition of the grant, as to how the grant money has been spent and the status of the program.
- A copy of the applicant's audited financial statement for the fiscal year in which the grant was made, as soon as it becomes available.
- Responses to any reasonable requests for further information by the Foundation.
The Foundation does not make grants to the following:
- Support of religious, political, or lobbying purposes
- Endowment campaigns
- If awarding the grant would jeopardize the Foundation's tax exempt status