General Grant Application Guidelines:

  • Ministries who have received a grant for two consecutive years must abstain for one year before re-applying to The Giving Circle.
  • The proposal should be double-spaced and single-sided on 8.5" x 11" plain white paper, standard font size no smaller than 12 point.
  • All pages of the application must be sequentially numbered.
  • Submit two complete copies, each in a clear cover.
  • Grant applications are to be received by AUGUST 1 .  (Late submissions will not be considered).

Step 1: Grant Application Procedures

1. Complete the Grant Application Form.

Download the  Grant Application Form (found at the bottom of this page)

Complete the highlighted fields, save and print.

2. Complete the Project Description Form.

Download the  Project Description Form (found at the bottom of this page)

Complete the highlighted fields, save and print.

Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents

1. Copy of the 501(c)(3) determination letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

for the current legal name or umbrella organization

showing you are not a private foundation

2. Financial information:

complete itemized budget and projected revenues for the project

copy of organization's current operating budget

copy of most recent financial statement to be attached

most recently submitted IRS Form 990

3. List of names and professional affiliations of your Board of Directors

4. List of staff and positions

5. Copy of your organization’s brochure, newsletter, and annual report, if available

Step 3: Prepare Application Booklet

Assemble all documents for application submission:

  • Cover Page (project name, organization name, amount requested, contact info)
  • Table of Contents***
  • Grant Application Form (download below)
  • Project Description Form (download below)
  • Mission Statement with summary and details of project
  • Supporting Documents (outlined in Step Two)
  • *** Please list the components in the table of contents and attach them in booklet in the above order

Step 4: Mail Completed Application

The Giving Circle

Attn:  Ellen Anderson

2727 Broyles Lane

Franklin, TN  37069

Step 5: Review Process

You will receive an email confirming that your application was received.  During the review process, members of the Grant Review Committee will research your request through telephone inquiries, emails, meetings or site visits. They may speak with your staff and/or board members.

Applications that do not provide all required information will not be considered. 

The Grant Review Committee vets, summarizes and presents finalists to the  general membership for a vote.  

For accountability purposes, all grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Evaluation Form, which is due JULY 1 of the following year.   Details on this report will accompany the grant award.