Small Grants ProgramOverview


The TDC's fall 2021 grant cycle is underway!



The next funding opportunity will open in Spring 2022

If you would like to be added to the Small Grants email award notification list

please email to be added!

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

Twice a year, the TDC Small Grants Program awards up to five grants in the sum of up to $10,000.00 per grant. In keeping with the mission of the Coalition to help build a society that includes and values people with disabilities, the purpose of the grant is to BUILD CAPACITY in the disability community to serve individuals with disabilities and their families.


Take a look at two previous grant recipients and how they built capacity within their community for people with different abilities


The SoloRider Golf Cart has brought inclusive golf to the city of Murfreesboro.  

Watch this video and "Come out and Play": Watch | Facebook


Lights, camera, action! The show will go on with new recording devices, microphones, wireless headsets, a new MacBook, and specially adapted scripts to best utilize the actor’s unique abilities and talents.  

Watch this amazing performance on YouTube: Backlight Productions | Romeo and Juliet



Definition of capacity building adopted by the Board of Directors 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



- Projects/organizations in the State of Tennessee, United States of America that are

IRS - designated tax-exempt organizations- 501(c)(3) and government entities

-  As part of the annual budget, the project/organizations unrestricted funds must be less than $2 million 

- Projects/organizations that are ready to build capacity and expand inclusion within the disability community

- Projects/organizations that are ready to build capacity for the disability community within their organization

- The small grants program does not fund individuals


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


For more information, contact: 

Carrie Carlson
phone: (901) 907 - 5731


Download or share our Small Grants Flyer:

TDC Small Grants Flyer.pdf

TDC Small Grants Flyer-Text.doc