Twenty-one grantees, including the city’s oldest active cemetery, have secured grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category.

Totaling $210,041, the grants are awarded annually to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations.

“Through these grants, we address how vital but often overlooked it is for a nonprofit to have access to funds specifically to boost its infrastructure, so that its programs and services can be sustained into the future,” said Elizabeth Warren, the foundation’s director of grants & initiatives.

The grants often support projects such as technology improvements, evaluation of core programs, and staff or board training.

This year’s grant awards range from $3,000 to $21,487 and include 168-year-old Elmwood Cemetery. The $21,487 grant to purchase and implement the WebCemeteries online platform will enable Elmwood to electronically consolidate and safeguard its collection of records, maps, photos, and 130,000-plus pieces of paper in its archives.

“This technology grant enables Elmwood to invest in its past and its future,” said Elmwood Executive Director Kim Bearden. “I can’t stress how big of a project it is and how fundamentally it will change how we operate.”

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants, which are awarded from the Foundation’s Immediate Impact Fund, are decided by a committee of community volunteers. Each grantee must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.

Other grantees are:

• Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. ($5,700), new server and staff laptops;
• Arkwings Foundation ($9,900), consulting to build out evaluation tools to assess programming and inform future growth;
• Ave Maria Home ($3,000), fundraising software to target, retain, and engage donors and volunteers;
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis ($5,950), equip Career Exploration Program staff with laptops;
• Church Health ($10,000), Quality Improvement initiative to train and empower staff to design, deploy and assess processes and systems across operations;
• DeltaArts ($5,925), development and fundraising training for board and staff;
Friends for Life Corporation ($15,000), feasibility study to determine future locations in Memphis for HIV prevention clinics;
• Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee ($7,500), science instruction pilot to improve science instruction quality and address changes to state science standards;
• Indie Memphis ($20,000), fundraising and technology consulting services to create infrastructure for effective development processes;
• Knowledge Quest ($15,000), consultancy to create a marketing, fundraising, and branding plan;
• Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE) ($7,269), technology upgrades to better track the organization’s long-term efficacy, improve community engagement and grow local donor base;
• Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation ($17,500), develop a visitor experience and wayfinding plan;
• Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ($4,500), develop and implement data tracking and evaluation strategies;
• Memphis Library Foundation ($9,700), fundraising software, training, coaching and support;
• Midtown Development Corporation ($7,500), feasibility study for a community improvement district;
• Mustard Seed Inc. ($3,897), upgraded computers and essential programs in resource center;
• New Ballet Ensemble & School ($9,000), redesign and relaunch of website;
• Room in the Inn – Memphis ($9,963), office technology, hardware and communications platforms to create a viable work hub;
• Tech901 ($15,000), new virtualized computer infrastructure to allow more students to apply classroom learnings;
• Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc. ($6,250), board development facilitation and leadership coaching.

(Founded in 1969, the Foundation last year awarded more than $147 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit