With the exception of the technology grants and the Awards of Achievement, our application process typically begins with a phone conversation. The foundation staff is happy to discuss your needs and the advisability of submitting an application, based on The Frist Foundation’s guidelines, your situation, and where we are in the budget cycle.

Grants are made throughout the year and can run from $1,000 to $250,000, though a more typical range is $3,000 to $20,000. While there are no deadlines for requests, larger grants are typically approved at board meetings taking place in January, April, July and October. Depending on the timing of the submission, it could take as long as three months for grant approval. Grants of less than $25,000 are usually decided within a month of receipt, often much more quickly.

The Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement are distributed each fall following an evaluation process administered by the Center for Nonprofit Management. Top recipients of the 2019 awards included Urban Green Lab, Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation and Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.

Did you know?

Much of the original Art Deco design of The Frist Art Museum was carefully preserved by Tuck Hinton architects in the Center's restoration.

In the past five years alone, The Frist Foundation has given more than $50 million in grants to the nonprofit community.

The foundation's Awards of Achievement are the centerpiece of the largest nonprofit awards ceremony in the nation.