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Announcement of the Grants Competition 

Discretionary Grant Announcement - Spring Cycle 2017



The Tennessee Disability Coalition is pleased to announce the start of our semi-annual round of discretionary grants, awarded in May and November each year.  The “Sample Letter of Interest Guidelines” and Small Grants Proposal Guidelines and Formatting” for May 2016 are now available (see links below).



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.



Letter of Interest: March 20, 2017 by noon

Full Proposal, if requested: April 28, 2017 by noon



The Tennessee Disability Coalition will make grants to IRS-designated tax-exempt organizations-501(c)(3) and governmental entities. Private foundations and agency members of the Coalition Grant Committee are not eligible to apply.


Amount of funding

The Coalition has approximately $100,000 available for discretionary grant making this year, with $50,000 available for the Spring grants. Five grants for up to $10,000 each for a one-year term may be awarded in this grant cycle. Awards will be merit based, following the point system outlined in the application.


Application process

There is a two-step application process:


    Submission of a brief Letter of Interest with budget outline

    Submission of a full proposal, if requested, using the standard application format


Letter of Interest

The Coalition will accept only one Letter of Interest per organization. The Letter should not exceed four (4) pages in length including a budget outline. The letter must be signed by an officer of the organization or the organization’s Executive Director. To be considered for funding for the current grant cycle, your letter must be received by noon on March 20, 2017.  If letters are e-mailed or faxed, do not follow up with a mailed letter.


A Letter of Interest must include the following:

  Organization/Agency information:

  •         Agency name
  •         Mailing address with zip code
  •         Indication of not-for-profit agency or governmental entity
  •         Federal ID number
  •         Name and title of person submitting Letter of Interest
  •         Telephone number / E-mail address

    A brief statement of the history, mission, and services of your organization.

    The geographic area and population served (if applicable)

    A brief description of the project to be funded including a statement on how the project

    will contribute to capacity building

    A description of the overall goal of the project to be funded

    Budget outline


    Note: The letter should not exceed four (4) pages, inclusive of the budget outline.


All Letters of Interest will be reviewed to determine if the Coalition Grant Committee and Coalition Board wish to pursue a full proposal. Applicants will be notified not later than March 31, 2017 of the results of the review process. The deadline for a full proposal, if requested is noon on April 28, 2017. Notifications of awards will be sent by e-mail by May 30, 2017.


Submission information

Letters of Interest can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed.


    Alice L. Bowen

    Tennessee Disability Coalition

    955 Woodland Street

    Nashville, TN 37206


    Fax:  (615) 383-1176


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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

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