The West End Home Foundation is dedicated to helping support and sustain a comprehensive system of care for older adults in Middle Tennessee.
The Foundation conducts an annual grants process during which time we accept applications from organizations providing programs that seek to enhance the quality of life for older adults. The broad spectrum of programs that benefit each year address one of our key impact areas:
Advocacy – legal assistance and education for issues related to aging and advocacy for new or expanded initiatives to ensure a comprehensive system of care for older adults
Enrichment and Socialization – opportunities for meaningful social interaction and lifelong learning
Food and Nutrition – services such as groceries, home-delivered and congregate meals to meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable older adults
Healthcare – primary health care including diagnosis and treatment of chronic and critical conditions, oral health care and behavioral health services
Housing – home repair and safety modifications, rent and utility assistance and access to appropriate housing solutions to facilitate safe and affordable housing
Transportation – safe and affordable transportation to ensure that older adults have access to needed services and have opportunities to remain engaged in community life
Wellness and Supportive Care – prevention, wellness and in-home supportive services to promote and sustain healthy aging
Other – other initiatives that complement and enhance the mission of The West End Home Foundation
Grant Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria:
The West End Home Foundation administers a competitive grants process that carefully evaluates each request in light of identified community needs, resources available, impact on target population, agency capacity and success in delivering the highest quality of service with demonstrated outcomes.
Types of Grants Awarded:
- Program – funding to support implementation of a specific program or project. Projects may be new or ongoing.
- Capital – funding to support a capital investment in agency infrastructure such as equipment, technology, facility maintenance or facility acquisition/expansion
- Annual – all grants are awarded for a period of one year
To Be Eligible for Funding, Applicants Must:
- Be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Provide services that align with the WEHF mission. Priority consideration is given to projects specifically designed to meet the unique needs of older adults.
- Demonstrate capacity to deliver services that achieve meaningful and measurable outcomes
- Provide services in one or more of the following middle Tennessee counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson
Instructions for Letter of Intent:
If you have not received funding from the West End Home Foundation in the past five (5) years, you are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI is intended to serve as a pre-screening step to determine whether your proposed project is one that merits further consideration in our grant review process. The Foundation does not want organizations to be unnecessarily burdened with completing the full application if their request is not going to be given serious consideration due to a lack of mission alliance.
The LOI must be submitted by end of business on May 15, 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information:
- Organization Mission
- Length of time organization has been in operation
- Amount of funding to be requested
- A description of the project for which funds are requested and the intended use of the funds (i.e., staff position, materials, general operating, etc.) Specify whether it is a new program or one that has been in operation (include length of time).
- Total program budget (detail not required)
- Total agency budget (detail not required)
- Please attach a copy of your IRS Determination Letter
You will be notified of the status of your Letter of Intent no later than May 25. If you are invited to submit a full application, there is no guarantee that your request will be funded.
The full grant application is due by noon on Friday, June 26, 2020.
We Do Not Award Grants:
- To churches and religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their own members; however, we may support church-based programs funded by multiple sources with broad community reach and support
- To disease-specific organizations seeking support for national research projects and programs
- To sponsor special events, telethons, performances or similar fundraising and advertising activities
- For legislative lobbying or political purposes
- To retire accumulated debt
- To individuals
Grant Process and Timeline:
The grant application for 2021 funding is available on our website now. All applications must be submitted online. The deadline for grant submission is June 26 at noon. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
WEHF board and staff conduct a thorough review of each application. Applicants that meet the basic eligibility requirements will be invited to meet with foundation representatives beginning in late August and through September to further discuss the grant request. In some cases, site visits may be conducted.
Grant awards for 2021 project funding will be announced in November. Checks will be presented to grant recipients in early January 2021.
GRANT APPLICATION FOR 2021
The following link will take you to the online grant application. If you last applied for funding in 2016 or later, please use your existing account. If you last applied for funding prior to 2016, you will need to create a new account when you access the portal. If you have questions regarding account creation,
please contact Cindy Dickinson at email@example.com
If you have not received funding from The West End Home Foundation in the past 5 years, you are required to submit a letter of intent by
May 15, 2020.
The application deadline for 2021 Project Funding is Friday, June 26 at noon. The 2021 Application is available now.
If you have questions about the grant process, please contact one of our staff members:
Dianne Oliver, Executive Director
Cindy Dickinson, Administration and Technology Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How does The West End Home Foundation define “older adult”?
Answer: We have not established a specific age at which one is considered an “older adult”. Agencies and programs have varying guidelines regarding eligibility for older adult specific services. We ask applicants to provide their definition of “older adult” and why it is appropriate for their particular service and client base.
What is an appropriate amount to request from The West End Home Foundation?
We have not established minimum or maximum grant award amounts. Grant award amounts in recent years have varied widely. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present a budget that is appropriate for the type and amount of service proposed.
Can I apply for and receive funding two or more years in a row?
In the past, agencies were allowed to receive grants from us only every other year. This is no longer the case. We accept applications every year from many of the same agencies. There is, however, no guarantee that programs funded during one grant cycle will be funded in the next.
What is the fiscal year for the grant award?
Our fiscal year is January 1 – December 31.
When and how are grant awards made?
All applicants receive written notification regarding approval or denial of grant requests in early November. Successful applicants will receive their actual grant award in early January.
Are there specific issues impacting older adults that are given greater priority in the grant process?
We have not identified priorities among the eight service categories that we fund. We consider all service categories to be important components in the comprehensive system of care for older adults.
What reporting requirements does The West End Home Foundation expect from grantees?
We ask all grantees to submit a year-end report detailing program accomplishments and expenditures. In some cases, more frequent reporting may be requested. We also encourage year-round communication between our staff and recipient agencies to remain apprised of progress and changes that may be impacting your organization and your work.”
Are first-time applicants required to meet with the Foundation staff before applying?
firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-469-0755. Please also note that applicants who have not received a grant from WEHF in the past five years are required to submit a Letter of Intent no later than May 15. Instructions for the LOI can be found in the grant guidelines above.We do not require a meeting with first-time applicants prior to accepting an application, but our Executive Director, Dianne Oliver, welcomes the ability to meet with potential new applicants before they begin the application process. Please reach out to her at
Can I start my online application and finish it later?
Yes, of course. Each time you sign in to your online application you have the option to “save and finish later”.
Do you ever grant exceptions to the application deadline?
No, we hold firm to the application deadline. The online application portal automatically shuts down at the time of the posted deadline.
Do I need to create a new online application account each year?
email@example.com or 615-383-1395.No. We launched new online grant software in 2016. If you last applied for funding in 2016 or later, your account is still active. If you last applied in 2015 or earlier, you will need to create a new account. Instructions are provided in the link to the application. If you need assistance with accessing an account or creating a new account, please contact Cindy Dickinson at