Small Grants Topic-Specific Cycle

Fall 2021

Topic-Specific Grant Cycle

The TDC is extremely excited to announce that we are now accepting letters of Interest for the

Fall 2021 grant cycle!!!

Click here to go to the JotForm application site or scroll to the bottom to download a fillable pdf. 

This link will close at 23:59 or 11:59pm on September 20th, 2021

 

The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Disability Coalition (TDC) has decided to hold a special Fall 2021 grant offering  to support disability community-centric storytelling initiatives

 

Storytelling can be a powerful tool! Community-centric storytelling can support community members learning to tell their stories, policy change, public health communication, and community development, for example. Effective, ethical storytelling initiatives require intentionality and sufficient resources

Community-centric storytelling puts the community first. While important initiatives, storytelling with the primary goal to amplify brand awareness or raise money for nonprofits will not be eligible for this funding.

Initiatives that focus on serving underserved or intersectional communities will receive preference

 

You might be wondering, what is disability community-centric storytelling?

  • “Disability” means any kind of diagnosis, chronic illness, special healthcare need or disability. 
  • We are interested in supporting community-centric storytelling initiatives in any part of what is a large and diverse disability community.

 

 

What you need to know before submitting a letter of interest 

 

 

 

Funding Amount Available:

  •  Nonprofits may apply individually for a grant of up to $10,000.

  •  Two or more nonprofits collaborating on an initiative may apply for a grant of up to $15,000.

Please note: One organization must serve as the lead organization to manage the disbursement of funds.

Funding Information:

  • Grant funds must be used during the designated grant year (twelve months from receipt of grant contract)
  • Funds cannot be used for past expenses, or to reimburse the program for expenses that were paid before the first award was deposited  
  • If grant funds are not exhausted, the excess funds must be returned to the TDC
  • If grant funds are used for expenses that are not outlined in the proposed program budget line Items, funds must be returned to the TDC
  • Grant awards are not considered gifts or charitable grants

Who can apply?

  • Nonprofit organizations in the State of Tennessee, United States of America that are IRS-designated tax-exempt organizations or governmental entities
  • To be eligible, an organization’s unrestricted funds as part of their annual budget must be less than $2 million. For collaborative grant applicants, unrestricted funding per organization must be less than $2 million. Unlike restricted funds which are designated by the funder for a specific program or use, unrestricted funds are not limited by the funder and usually go toward operating expenses or the program of the nonprofit’s choice.
  • Regardless of award date, all prior TDC small grant awardees are eligible for this special topic grant opportunity

Online Application Process:

  • Submission of a letter of interest with a budget outline due on or before September 20th
  • Submission of a full proposal, if requested, using the JotForm link provided in your acceptance letter
  • The full proposal is due on or before October 29th
    • Click HERE to download a printable proposal outline that can be used for preparing your full proposal
    • Click HERE to download an accessible and printable proposal outline that can be used for preparing your full proposal

Please note: The submission of all applications is done via JotForm. No other formats or form submissions will be accepted. Although our JotForm forms are accessible, If you require an alternative format for submitting these forms, please contact Carrie Carlson at smallgrants@tndisability.org 

Funding Process:

  • The first half of the grant funding will be dispersed only after the signed Contract Agreement is returned to the TDC
  • The second half of the grant funding will be disbursed only after we have approved the five-month Summary of Activities Report

Online Reporting Process:

  • A five-month progress report in the proper format, with a current budget report
  • A final report, including a final budget, within six weeks following the end of the project term

Please note: The submission of all reports is done via JotForm. No other report submissions will be accepted. Although our JotForm forms are accessible, If you require an alternative format for submitting your reports, please contact Carrie Carlson at smallgrants@tndisability.org 

Please note: Many organizations apply for grants each year and the overall amount of funding requested far exceeds our resources.  Declined applications in no way reflect the worthiness of an organization's mission or programming.

 

Fall 2021 Timeline and Deadlines:

September 20th    Letters of Interest due

October 11th         Letter of interest status notifications sent by

October 29th        Full Proposals due

November 19th    Proposal status notifications sent out / contracts sent out

January 1st          First installment (dependent on timely contract signatures)

May 30th              Five-Month report due

June 30th            Second installment (Dependent of report approval)

February 15th     Final twelve-month report due

 

Many organizations apply for grants each year and the overall amount of funding requested far exceeds our resources. Declined applications in no way reflect the worthiness of an organization's mission or programming and these groups are encouraged to apply again in future cycles.

 

For additional questions: smallgrants@tndisability.org  

Downloadable/printable grant information:

Letter of Interest - Fall 2021.pdf

Topic-specific general guidelines - 

Fall 2021 Topic Specific Cycle Outline pdf

Fall 2021 Topic Specific Cycle Outline txt

Dates and Timeline - 

2021_22 Funding timeline pdf

2021_22 Funding timeline txt