Hope for Memphis Fund

As a representative of a nonprofit in our community, Christian Community Foundation commends you for the essential work you do in and for Memphis. Without dedicated people and organizations like you, Memphis would not be on the trajectory it is today. 

We want to help your organization expand its impact, and one of the ways CCF supports our local Christian nonprofit community is through our Hope for Memphis Fund. Please read through this page to learn more about this fund, to discover if your organization qualifies and to apply for grant funds.

What is the Hope for Memphis Fund?

The Hope for Memphis Fund's mission is to fund efforts to create more sustainable and more effective Christian ministries and leaders who are seeking citywide transformation. As a result of our continued growth and financial strength, all surplus funds earned from operations and fees from all donor-advised funds are added to our Hope for Memphis Fund. 

What does this mean for my organization?

This means that your organization may be eligible to receive grant funding through the Christian Community Foundation’s Hope for Memphis fund. Please closely review the qualifications below to determine if your organization is eligible for a grant during the 2019 grant period

We know that nonprofit resources are limited and that completing a grant application is a time consuming process. Please review the qualifications carefully before you begin working on your application.

 

Qualifications

  • We make grants to Christian ministries and leaders in the Memphis area who are seeking community transformation through holistic, gospel-centered approaches. To be considered for a Hope for Memphis Fund grant, your organization must have a gospel-centered mission.
  • The purpose of the Hope for Memphis Fund is to support capacity-building efforts in Christian ministries that create a more sustainable and effective outreach. Hope for Memphis Fund grants do not support capital projects, endowments or operational expenses.
  • The Hope for Memphis Fund seeks to support community-wide transformation. Therefore, the Christian Community Foundation will make grant selections based upon the pool of applicants during a given grant period to ensure our funds are allocated among organizations in varied service sectors and underserved areas throughout the city.
  • Hope for Memphis Fund grants are only given to organizations whose services impact residents of the Greater Memphis Area.
  • Churches are not eligible for grants.
  • Secular private schools and Christian private schools whose student population are not primarily underserved will not be eligible for grants.
  • Grant limits range from $10,000-$50,000 per year, with a maximum of $100,000 over a four year period.

The Hope for Memphis Fund grant qualifications are subject to change each year. If your organization does not qualify this year, please check back again during our next granting cycle.

How can I apply?

Starting in 2019, Christian Community Foundation will only accept applications using the digital portal below. To help eligible organizations prepare their answers before entering the portal, we have compiled all of the questions into a PDF document. You can access this document by following the link below.

 

Start the application process

The application period opens July 15 and closes Sept. 15. Grant recipients should expect to hear the status of their grant via email by Nov. 1.