Our mission: We advocate, invest, and work to insure that all students in Middle Tennessee have access to a high-quality education

Funding priorities

Funding Priorities

The funding priority of the Foundation is our college scholarship program; thus limiting the available dollars for grants. Because grant funding is limited, application is by invitation only. To find out if your organization, and your specific need, meets the Foundation's education preference areas, please submit a brief, 1-page WORD document describing the project you are soliciting funding and email us through our contact us page. We will respond promptly. We want to hear from you!

Education Preference Areas

  • College and career exploration
  • Literacy for pre-K to adults
  • High quality schools
  • Teacher and principal leadership
  • Parental engagement

Student Success Ecosystem

Our funding priorities comprise what we refer to as the Student Success Ecosystem. Since 2005 the Foundation has made strategic investments in the following interconnected areas of the ecosystem.

Choose a category below to find out more

Students - 82%

SFF Priority - Scholarships for Business & STEM majors

After School/Summer Tutoring
Backfield in Motion
Fairview One
Homework Hotline
King's Daughter's Child Dev. Ctr
Learning Matters
Monroe Harding
Nashville Inner City Ministries
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Preston Taylor Ministries
Salama Urban Ministries
Save the Children-Perry County
TN Foreign Language Institute
Youth Encouragement Services
Youth Life Learning Center

Literacy Skills
Big Brothers Big Sisters 
Books from Birth
Pencil Foundation
Read to Succeed-Rutherford Cty
TN Opportunity Program
United Way-Nashville-Read to Succeed
United Way-Williamson Cty-Raise Your Hand Williamson

College and Career Exploration
Boys and Girls Club Middle TN
Business Education Partnership
Conexión Américas-Escalera
Girl Scouts of Middle TN
Junior Achievement
Oasis College Connection
Martha O'Bryan Center-Top Floor/College Zones
MNPS Academies/Chamber-Industry Certifications Tests
MNPS TN Promise GAP Scholarship
Youth About Business
High Quality Schools and Innovation
Education Pioneers
Project Renaissance
  Explore! Community School
  Franklin Road Academy
  Friendship Christian Academy
  Intrepid College Prep
  KIPP Nashville
  Lead Public Schools 
  MNPS School of Science & Math at Vanderbilt
  Nashville State Comm. College
  New Hope Academy
  Purpose Prep Academy
  Republic Schools
  STEM Preparatory Academy
  Valor Collegiate Academies
TN Charter School Center    

Teachers and Principals - 10%

Lipscomb University-Pioneros program
Lipscomb University-principal leadership program
Nashville Public Education Foundation-Blue Ribbon Teacher Award
Project Renaissance-Nashville Teacher Residency
Teach for America
TN Independent Colleges and Universities Association
TN Department of Education-Student Essay Contest

Parents - 8%

Communities in Schools TN
Conexión Américas-Parents as Partners
Nashville Adult Literacy Council
Project Renaissance-Nashville Rise

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