Grant Guidelines

Medical Foundation of Chattanooga

Guidelines for Grantmaking

The Medical Foundation of Chattanooga provides a limited number of grants for projects in Hamilton County, Tennessee, that meet the foundation’s specific program goals.

Grantmaking Philosophy

The Medical Foundation of Chattanooga exists to support our community through health services research, promotion of healthy lifestyles, education, and cooperation with other charitable entities.

The foundation supports initiatives that:
  • Promote the continual improvement of health in the community;
  • Promote access to quality medical care, regardless of physical or economic limitations;
  • Serve the needs of the medical profession;
  • Support education and enhancement of community awareness of healthy lifestyles and choices;
  • Promote research relating to the health status of the community;
  • Protect and promote the patient-physician relationship;
  • Promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in medical care.

Specifically, requests may focus on any of three approaches:

  • Issues Education, including forums, seminars, and other educational outreaches.
  • Profession Development (health services research and programming).
  • Community Development (initiatives to enhance the quality of life in the community/collaboration with other community entities, with a special emphasis on health promotion).

Who Can Apply For A Grant?

The Medical Foundation welcomes applications from organizations that provide services in Hamilton County or primarily serve Hamilton County residents. The applicant must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. In addition, an organization must not be involved in political or lobbying activities.

Criteria for Grantmaking

Organizations applying for Foundation funds must be able to demonstrate the following organizational characteristics:

  • Staff capacity.
  • Sound fiscal policy and responsible financial management.
  • An elected Board of Directors which fairly reflects the organization’s constituencies and has the ability and policymaking authority to complete the proposed project.
  • Capacity to conduct program evaluation.
  • The ability to understand and describe the relationship between the proposed project and other services, and service providers, within the community.
  • A solid base of community and financial support to ensure the future of the organization and its programs.

Grant Restrictions

The Medical Foundation gives low priority to requests from or for:

  • Public agencies for mandated services.
  • Duplication of services already provided by other organizations within the same geographic area.
  • Federated fund drives.

The Medical Foundation generally does not fund:

  • Religious activities.
  • Private schools.
  • Public school initiatives, unless they related specifically to health.
  • Operating support for existing programs.
  • Endowment Campaigns.
  • Replacement of government funding.
  • State, regional or national organizations.
  • Political candidates or organizations.
  • Veterans and fraternal organizations.
  • Advertising and telephone solicitations.
  • Feasibility studies for capital campaigns.
  • Fundraising expenses and activities; or staff positions related to development or fundraising.

Letter of Intent

All potential applicants must submit a Letter of Intent. Program Staff will use email or fax, in addition to U.S. mail for Letter of Intent notifications. Therefore, if you provide an email address, please check your email for correspondence.

Send 12 copies of the Letter of Intent narrative and 12 copies of the required documentation to:

Medical Foundation of Chattanooga
1917 East Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Please do not fax Letters of Intent.

The Letter of Intent narrative should be no more than 2 pages, plus the required documentation. All material should be collated and stapled. Letters that exceed the page limit will not be considered.

Letters should include the following information:

  • Grant Application Cover Sheet (attached).
  • Organization’s mission.
  • Community or organization need(s) to be addressed by the proposed project.
  • Description of project.
  • Anticipated outcomes.
  • Plans for future funding of the project.

Please include the following documentation:

  • Project budget.
  • 501(c )(3) IRS tax exemption letter.
  • List of the organization’s Board of Directors or Board of Trustees.
  • Most Current IRS Form 990.

Grant Application Form

  1. Name of Organization
  2. Project Title
  3. Program Director or Contact Person
  4. Mailing Address
  5. City/State/Zip Code
  6. Telephone
  7. Fax
  8. E-mail
  9. Website
  10. Amount Requested
  11. Specific Use of Requested Funds

Your letter of intent should include the cover sheet, plus a project overview. The project overview should not exceed two pages, excluding attachments. The overview should include:

  • Organization’s mission.
  • Target Population and Demographics
  • Community or organization need(s) to be addressed by the proposed project.
  • Description of project.
  • Anticipated outcomes/Evaluation of the Project.

Please include the following documentation:

  • Project budget.
  • 501(c )(3) IRS tax exemption letter.
  • List of the organization’s Board of Directors or Board of Trustees.
  • Most Current IRS Form 990.

Please submit twelve copies of the above materials to:

Medical Foundation of Chattanooga
1917 East Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Requests will be considered quarterly. For more information or for due dates contact Rae Bond at 423-622-2872 or email Rae.