Cumberland University

Funding Opportunities

The following foundations are currently accepting letters of inquiry and proposals. Please review the foundation web site and information about the funders, their giving interests and priorities, and the guidelines. If you feel your project or program matches the foundation’s interests and are interested in applying for a grant, please fill out the funding request form by clicking the tab below and contact Cheryl Bockstruck, director of corporate & foundation relations (615-547-1245 or

Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. Through its Community Grant Program, Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. 

Proposal Due Dates:  February and August 2016

Nasdaq Educational Foundation

The Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc., was established in 1994 and is supported entirely by contributions from Nasdaq. The mission of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc. is to promote and provide opportunities through collaborations and initiatives that support and deliver innovative educational programs and charitable activities supportive of Nasdaq’s Mission. 

Letter of Inquiry Due Dates:  February 1 and August 1, 2016

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Committed to improving the world, the Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M. Scholl, M.D., in 1947. It is a private, independent grant-making foundation for charitable purposes.

Applications Due: Between October and March

Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission invests in more than 600 nonprofit organizations across the state benefitting communities through quality of life, economic development, tourism and providing a more balanced education for our children.

Grants and Proposal due dates vary by category.

Funding Request Form