Annual Grant Application Process

The Maddox Fund will have one grant application deadline for requests over $30,000.   Applications will be due March 1st.  Applications may be submitted through our online portal which uses the Common Application.  

2023 RFP Important Dates

  • December 2022  grant application available
  • March 1, 2023 – application deadline
  • May 15, 2023 – grant announcement
  • July 1, 2023 –  funds available
  • July 15, 2024 – grant reports due

Alternative application processes — verbal, video, or other — can be accepted.  Please contact the Maddox staff before February 1st to explore these options.

Responsive Grants

Responsive Grants are generally $10-15,000 and  can be requested throughout the year.  These grants can be made by working with a staff member or through the online portal.  These grants will be reviewed on a monthly basis or quicker when rapid response is needed.

Participatory Grants

The Maddox Fund is committed to sharing power with the community.  In 2023, we will have to participatory grant processes — a second cohort of HBCU students and a LGBTQ+ student-led cohort.  Each of these groups will be distributing up to $100,000 to local nonprofits.  Please follow the Maddox Fund on social media for announcements about participatory grantmaking opportunities.

Types of Grants


These grants will support youth-led movement/power building and policy change advocacy that advances our focus areas.  Strategies may include direct actions, youth organizing training, and issue awareness.

Direct Services

These grants will support program delivery in our two focus areas.

Capacity & Care

These grants will support capacity building for organizations as well as staff development and leadership care for organizations working in our focus areas.  These grants might include strategic planning, leadership transitions, staff respite/healing, and celebration of organizational milestones.

Where We Fund

The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund serves 41 counties of Middle Tennessee listed below. Programs must operate within this geographic area.

Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatche, Smith, Jackson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, and Williamson


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Partnership Priorities

See how we prioritize our grantmaking