Current Competition



An Announcement of the Grants Competition

The Tennessee Disability Coalition (“Coalition”) is pleased to announce its request for Letters of Interest for the Fall 2020 grant cycle.  The Guidelines for Letters of Interest and Applications are now available on our website.   These announcements are made on a semi-annual basis in the spring and fall of each year, depending upon the availability of funds. The request is disseminated broadly and is also available on the Coalition’s website,

Important MessageWe now offer an electronic submission process with on-line application formsWorks in progress may be saved and returned to at a later dateOnce the forms are completed and submitted applicants will receive an e-mail message confirming receipt

In keeping with the mission of the Coalition to help build a society that includes and values people with disabilities, the purpose of the grants is to build capacity in the disability community to serve individuals with disabilities and their families. In general, there is no funding available for one-time conferences.

Nonprofit capacity building refers to activities that improve and enhance a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time.  Details are provided in the guidelines for Letters of Interest and Applications.  Please thoroughly read the guidance documents before beginning the process.

The Tennessee Disability Coalition grant funds are available for award to projects/programs in the State of Tennessee, United States of America (USA) that are IRS-designated tax-exempt organizations-501(c)(3) and to governmental entities. Private foundations are not eligible to apply.

Amount of funding
In general, the Coalition makes $100,000 available for discretionary grants each year, dependent upon the availability of funds, with $50,000 available for the spring grants and $50,000 available for the fall grants. Five grants for up to $10,000 each for a one-year term may be awarded in a grant cycle. Awards will be merit-based, following a point system outlined in the application.

Application process
There is a two-step application process:

  1. Submission of a brief Letter of Interest with budget on-line form (Letter of Interest Guidelines)
  2. Submission of a full proposal (Full Proposal Guidelines), if requested, using the Full Proposal on-line form available at:
  • You must include the completed Certification and Signature Page, available in the full proposal guidelines document and for individual download here

Letter of Interest: September 21, 2020, by noon Central Time
Full Proposal, if requested: October 30, 2020, by noon Central Time

Funding Process
Funds will be awarded in two installments: half of the award after a contract is signed, with the second payment half to be made upon receipt and approval of the five-month Summary of Activities report.

Required Reports
All grantees will be required to submit:

  • A five-month progress report
  • A final report, including a final budget report, within six weeks following the end of the project term.

For more information, contact:  
Carrie Carlson
Phone: 615-383-9442