Small Grants ProgramOverview


Congratulations to the Spring 2023 grant awardees!!



Use the hyperlinks below to check out their website and see what they offer through their new project!!!

Backlight ProductionsOur project is a massive, inclusive, performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in October 2023.

"BEST" Blind and Visually Impaired Early Services of Tennessee​​​​​​: BEST would like to initiate a Music Therapy Program for children with vision impairment/blindness and their families.


Carroll County Inclusion ParkTo bring our communities together and provide a healthy environment that inspires peer-to-peer play.


Fashion Is For Every Body: On September 9th, 2023, Fashion Is For Every Body will host our eighth annual inclusive, multi-runway fashion show at Studio 615 in East Nashville. We will be serving adults aged 18+, persons with disabilities, persons of varying body types, people in the BIPOC and AAPI diaspora, those who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and persons over 40.


Healing Arts Project Inc., HAPIHAPI plans to expand services to reach more underserved Tennesseans by offering free art and creative writing classes in the West and East. 




“The lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of flying alone.”


The Board of Directors of the Coalition offers biannual small grant awards of up to $10,000.00 per grant. In keeping with the mission of the Coalition, the purpose of the grant awards is to BUILD CAPACITY in the disability community.



What is Capacity Building?

Definition of capacity building adopted by the Board of Directors in June 2018:

CAPACITY BUILDING is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today -- it's about the future. Distinct capacity building projects such as identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, developing a leadership succession plan, identifying more efficient uses of technology, and engaging in collaborations with community partners -- all build the capacity of a charitable nonprofit to effectively deliver its mission in the future.  When capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time and enhances the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.  

~ National Council of Nonprofits


Who can apply?

  • Projects/organizations in the State of Tennessee, that are IRS - designated tax-exempt organizations - 501(c)(3) and government entities
  • As part of the annual budget, the project/organization's unrestricted funds must be less than $2 million 
  • Projects/organizations that are ready to build capacity and expand inclusion within the disability community


Please note that effective March 2021, prior Grant Recipients cannot re-apply for two years (four grant cycles), with the exception of topic-specific grant cycles.


The small grants program does NOT fund:

  • Individual or family grants
  • Membership fees
  • Conferences
  • Fundraisers
  • Replacement of lost funding
  • Reimbursement for purchases previously made
  • General operating cost
  • Political Activities
  • Social events


Example of funded proposals:

  • To add technology for outreach, communication, managing finances, data storage, and optimizing operations
  • Create a resource library of videos/podcasts
  • Develop a formal volunteer program
  • Purchasing equipment (i.e., hearing assistive technology, computers) that can be used by many individuals and over time
  • Assist in the funding of a new chapter of the organization


If you would like to be added to the Small Grants email award notification list please use this link to register your email address:

For more information, contact: 

Carrie Carlson
phone: (901) 907 - 5731