Grantmaking in Times of Disaster

During emergency response grantmaking, The Community Foundation works with volunteer community leaders and experts on the ground to determine how best to utilize the funds available.

The Foundation makes grants for all phases of a disaster: immediate relief, short-term recovery, and long-term recovery.

As the emergency response continues, it is important to recognize that the long-term recovery phase for a major emergency can last for years, and the impact of these long-term needs on nonprofits and those they serve will be considered in making grants.

Activating Emergency Grantmaking Procedures

Every disaster is different and, so too, are the responses. Flexibility and agility must be maintained.

Following an emergency event, The Foundation may contact nonprofits and other community leaders for assessment and information. The Foundation has authority to approve emergency grants, without application.

Additionally, when grant applications are available, nonprofits serving the community are notified by The Foundation and grant applications are then submitted by local nonprofits to The Community Foundation for specific disaster response needs.

Transparency is a critical component in disaster grantmaking. The Community Foundation requires grantees to provide detailed reports on how the grant supported disaster response needs. Those reports will be shared broadly throughout the community.

CFMT-Disaster-Response Fund How It Work

Accountability

Accountability is a cornerstone of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s role as a grantmaker. In this role, we are a steward of donated resources,...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the money collected for disaster relief going? Every penny donated for disaster relief is going back into the community to help people affected...

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Contact Information

Amy Fair

Amy Fair

Vice President, Donor Services

  • afair@cfmt.org
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