Who Can Apply?

Grant Eligibility and Upcoming Deadlines

IRS status: The organization must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

Geographical Location: We consider funding for organizations and programs specifically located in Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee; Crittenden County, Arkansas; and Desoto County, Mississippi. 

Arts/Cultural Groups and Arts Related Applicants: Applications are considered for the first quarter only. The deadline for applications is mid-November of each preceding year and notifications are made in January. Please see deadlines below.

Schools, Academic Institutions, or for Education-Related Activities, Programs, Projects; Support: Applications are considered for the second quarter only. The deadline for applications will be mid-February of each year for consideration at the April Board meeting. Notifications will made no later than the first Friday in May. Please see deadlines below.

Requests from academic institutions with more than one site or with multiple departments (e.g. colleges and universities) must come through the office of the President or equivalent office. Requests from public or other school systems must come from the Superintendent's office.

Organizations providing services to children and/or youth are encouraged to have a current, written, Board approved Child Protection Policy to which all employees and volunteers are held accountable.

Large organizations with multiple departments/branches: Requests from large organizations with more than one site must come through the office of the Chief Executive Officer or equivalent administrative role.

Faith Based Organizations: This note is an effort to help clarify the intent of the nondiscrimination clause. We acknowledge and appreciate your statements of values and faith that guide the practices of yours and many other faith based organizations. If however, your organization precludes or prohibits individuals of a different faith from participation, or receiving services from your organization, and/or from serving on the staff or governing Board of your organization, the Foundation asks that you seek funding from other sources. We appreciate the values of principles and not changing them for either expediency or gain. To clarify further, even if you have volunteers, employees, and serve clients from ALL faith traditions, if you have never had non-Christians on your Board and have no plans to select non-Christians to serve on the Board, our request is that you please not evade this issue by claiming to have no document to explicitly prohibit their membership as part of the governing body.  We have sometimes accepted applications in good faith with the expectation that faith based organizations behave ethically and tell the whole truth, only to be told by a peer organization that we have been misled. We ask that you "walk your talk" and not hide your light.

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. owes its legacy to Christians and non-Christians who built a hospital, whose eventual sale resulted in its formation. As a private Foundation, we are guided by a commitment to serve individuals and organizations within our community irrespective of ethnicity, gender, creed, national origin, religion, or disability status. We trust that the value you provide to others and the community will merit consideration from donors who may have a different history and may be guided differently.


Grants are not made to or for:

  • Individuals
  • National fundraising drives
  • Auctions
  • Dinners
  • Outreach ministries or projects of only one congregation
  • Tickets for benefits
  • Political organizations or candidates for public office
  • Lobbying activities
  • Recurring budget deficits
  • Festivals
  • Health fairs
  • Tournament fees and /or travel for athletic competitions
  • Evangelization (religion)

Ordinarily, grants are also not made for:    

  • Program expenses that occur on a regular basis (i.e. annual workshop series, membership dues, regularly needed medical equipment or patient care)
  • Regularly supported activities of fundraising organizations
  • Replacement of government funding cuts
  • Conferences
  • Camps (Summer, Winter, or other)
  • Scholarships
  • Sponsorships

Please note: Perpetual ongoing support for programs will not be provided. 

Nondiscrimination clause

Organizations must certify they do not discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, creed, national origin, religion, or disability status.

Application Deadlines

Proposals must be submitted via our online portal by 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline. Each proposal is time stamped upon submission. After completing your application, if you would like to make any recommendations to improve the online application process, please send an email to suggestions [at] assisifoundation [dot] org

Upcoming deadlines:

  • 1st Quarter, November 11, 2019 - Arts/Culture proposals may be submitted this quarter
  • 2nd Quarter, February 10, 2020 - Education proposals may be submitted this quarter
  • 3rd Quarter, May 11, 2020
  • 4th Quarter,  August 10, 2020

Need Assistance?

Please make sure that you have carefully reviewed all provided information regarding grant submissions. However, we are happy to help if you need further assistance. Contact the Foundation at 901-684-1564 and we will connect you with the proper person.