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Letter of Intent/Grant Application

We believe effective grant making is built on close communication between the applicants and our staff.  Prior to submitting an application, potential applicants are required to submit the letter of intent form found below and receive written approval from the Foundation before continuing the application process.  The deadlines for letter of intent forms and applications can be found in the Application Deadline section.

Letter of Intent and Application packets should be submitted by the designated deadline before 12:00 p.m. in the Foundation office. Material, including postmarked material, received after the deadline will not be considered under any circumstance.

In the weeks following the receipt of your application, the Program Staff will review the application, conduct site visits, and gather any other pertinent information pertaining to your request. You can assist the process by answering all questions on the Grant Application completely.

The Program Committee of the Board of Directors meets three times a year to discuss the requests for funding from the Fund for Chattanooga. The Committee makes funding decisions which are then shared with the Board as grant awards to be made by the Foundation. At the discretion of the Program Committee, a grant application and accompanying funding recommendation may be submitted to the full Board for approval.

All applicants will be notified in writing promptly after funding decisions are made. Program Staff will use e-mail or fax, in addition to U.S. mail, for application communications. If you provide an e-mail address, please be sure to check the address for correspondence.

Applicants must provide services in Hamilton County or primarily serve Hamilton County residents.

CFGC has recently completed a strategic plan and will be revamping the grantmaking process.  Check back in August for updates and to access our new online application system.