Grant Process

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the next grant cycle open?

The next grant cycle will open on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Who is eligible to receive grants?

Trinity will fund tax-exempt organizations only. The proposing organization must have nonprofit status as an organized church, non-governmental 501(c)(3), or equivalent organization. It must also be registered and in good standing to operate as a business in Tennessee. (Annual reports must be filed and up to date.)

Suppose you are not a tax-exempt organization but have an idea that will serve the health needs of our community (an app, website, promotional, etc.). In that case, we encourage you to partner with a tax-exempt organization and allow them to lead the proposal. We will allow a pass-through in the budget for support items from for-profit firms.

How do I determine whether to apply in the large or small grant division?

If your organization’s revenue is >$1.5 million, you may ONLY apply in the Large Grants Division.

If your organization’s revenue is <$1.5 million, you may apply in the SMALL or LARGE Grants Division.

What are the 2024 Trinity Health initiative topics?

  1. Community Partnerships to Address Behavioral & Mental Health Wellness & Addiction
  2. Youth Health Initiative: Mental Health / Addiction / ACEs
  3. Access to Housing
  4. Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations
  5. Serving the Servants
  6. Open Topic

Are projects selected and funded from each initaitive?

Trinity’s selection and funding are not distributed on a predetermined allotment to initiative categories. Instead, Trinity funds proposals based on the merit of the project and its alignment with the impact on the community’s needs.

What is the deadline for online proposal submission?

Phase I proposals must be completed, approved, and submitted online via this website by noon on March 20, 2024.

Can we submit through other methods than online?

Trinity will not accept proposals through any means except the website.

How do I access my proposal if I am still working on it?

Once you have created login credentials and a password, you may save your work and return to the proposal by clicking the “Save a Grant” button on Trinity’s homepage. You will be prompted to log in under the Save & Return section. Submitted proposals cannot be accessed.

Who will review and determine the grantees?

Trinity has a standing Grants Committee that will be responsible for the review and selection of award recipients. They are a volunteer committee, and their decisions, which are approved by the entire Trinity board, will be final.

When will the grants be given?

Trinity will award Phase I grants in June 2024 and Phase II grants based on Phase I results in October 2024.

What is the difference between Phase I and Phase II?

Phase I grants are for study/prototyping efforts up to $15,000 and three months. Phase II grants are made to exceptional Phase I awardees who have shown progress toward their goals in Phase I. Phase II grants are for one year up to $150,000 and are for the implementation of the projects.

What are the dollar amounts and calendar periods for each phase?

  • PHASE I: PLANNING PHASE – up to $15,000 from June 1 to August 31, 2024.
  • PHASE II: IMPLEMENTATION PHASE – up to $150,000 for one year from October 1, 2024.

Can we propose more than one initiative topic in a year?

We limit organizations to be the lead proposer on only one topic. You may lead on one and be a supporting partner on others.

Will next year's initiative topics be the same?

We anticipate some topics will remain for several years and others will not.

The initiatives for this year are the same as the 2023 initiatives. These health issues continue to represent critical needs in our community.

Will you fund facility and equipment needs?

In Phase I, Trinity funds planning, simple prototyping, data collection on ideas, collaboration inquiries, and exploration. In Phase II, with proper partnering and financial and in-kind support, Trinity will consider a range of funding possibilities. We do not want to limit considerations for great ideas addressing essential community needs.

Do you require matching or in-kind contributions?

We do not require, but we do favorably consider, proposals that include matching financial support or in-kind contributions. Particularly in the larger Phase II grants, we desire to leverage our grant to enable larger projects to be accomplished.

Our project does not require that much funding - may we still apply?

We are looking for projects that provide measurable value to the community and will be sustainable after completing the Trinity grant. Our maximum limits of $15,000 for planning and $150,000 for implementation are maximums, and we anticipate funding projects that do not need the total amount for implementation. Smaller projects are welcome for consideration.

What is the monetary distribution schedule for a successful grant?

For the Phase I grants, we will distribute 75% of the award on the day the grant is announced at the luncheon (~June 1), and the remaining 25% will be provided upon receipt of the final report/Phase II proposal (~September 1). For Phase II grants, 50% will be provided upon announcement of Phase II recipients at the luncheon (~October 1), and 45% will receive a progress report at the 6-month mark (~April 1). The remaining 5% will be provided with a receipt of a final progress report at the 1-year mark (~October 31). Only Phase I awardees are eligible for Phase II consideration.


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