Generosity for Good

As Chattanooga’s public foundation, we are privileged to work with so many incredible and inspiring nonprofit organizations that serve our neighbors and meet essential needs in our community.

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The Fund for Chattanooga

The Fund for Chattanooga is the living legacy of generous Chattanoogans who knew that our city would grow and evolve in ways they could never have imagined.

Through planned and current gifts, they helped create a permanent fund. It is through this endowed fund that we make grants to support the essential work in this community to both care for our most vulnerable and invest in the kinds of systemic changes that will result in greater opportunity for all of our neighbors.

Our approach to grantmaking is rooted in community. We are committed to addressing root causes and the systems that perpetuate inequity while also being responsive to the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We’re proud to work alongside so many dedicated nonprofits in that work.

List of Fund for Chattanooga grantees:

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Caring and Inclusive Communities Grantmaking Priorities

The Community Foundation is focused on grantmaking strategies that support our vision of a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential, regardless of where they started in life.

During the Caring and Inclusive Communities Spring 2024 Grant Cycle, the Community Foundation is offering $16,500 unrestricted grants to support our nonprofit partners who are working to help our neighbors navigate difficult circumstances and gain stability.

The Foundation will consider applications from organizations whose primary mission is focused on one or more of the following:

Organizations primarily serving Hamilton County residents will be eligible to apply.

Addressing hunger
Supporting affordable housing and shelter
Supporting mental wellbeing
Creating access to affordable healthcare
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Our grants process is streamlined, simple, and built with nonprofits in mind.

  • 01

    Contact our staff

    Reach out to our Community Impact Team to talk through proposal idea.

    Contact us
  • 02

    Complete Your Application

    Our staff will email you an invitation to complete your application.

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  • 03

    Staff Follow-up

    Our staff will review your application and contact you with next steps.
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Application Deadline

september- october

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Investing in lasting community change

We believe all of our neighbors should have access to the opportunities, resources, and relationships they need to thrive, regardless of place, race, or identity. That’s why we invest in community partners that help us generate economic mobility and shared prosperity.

Strategic Initiatives

Reflecting our new vision and strategic plan, we have committed to a strategic deployment of resources aimed at creating systems-level change. While we continue to operate our Caring and Inclusive grant cycle, this new flexible and proactive fund is dedicated to grants that have the power and potential to address root causes and create systems-level change.

The Eviction Prevention Initiative (EPI) is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, the City of Chattanooga, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee. The EPI was created to ensure that as many people as possible in our community who are facing eviction would have access to a knowledgeable attorney, case worker, and flexible to help them navigate the eviction process.

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Impact Investing

In 2018, our Board of Directors adopted Economic Mobility and Persistent Poverty as the primary focuses of its work in the community. The Foundation has adopted a holistic definition of economic mobility that goes beyond economic success to include personal autonomy and sense of belonging.

Against this backdrop, the Board voted to allocate $1M to a local impact investing strategy to support its overall goal of creating opportunities for economic mobility in the Chattanooga area. We identified entrepreneurship as a powerful mechanism for wealth creation and mobility. With these values in mind, and together with local partners, we have created the Accelerator Loan Fund and Chattanooga Impact Capital Fund for local entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC).

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Quentin Lawrence

VP, Community investment