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

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 application deadline for 2020 Project Funding was June 28, 2019. The application is no longer available at this time. The 2021 application will be available by April 1, 2020.

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 2020 project funding will be announced in November. Checks will be presented to grant recipients in early January 2020.


The following link will take you to the online grant application. If you applied for funding last year, please use the same account that was created. If you did not apply last year, you will need to create a new account when you get into the portal. If you have questions regarding account creation,
please contact Cindy Dickinson at
or 615-383-1395.

The application deadline for 2020 Project Funding was June 28, 2019. The application is no longer available at this time. The 2021 application will be available by April 1, 2020.

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

Q Question:   How does The West End Home Foundation define “older adult”?

AAnswer:  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.

Q  What is an appropriate amount to request from The West End Home Foundation?

A 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.

Q Can I apply for and receive funding two or more years in a row?

A 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.

Q What is the fiscal year for the grant award?

A Our fiscal year is January 1 – December 31.

Q When and how are grant awards made?

A 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.

Q Are there specific issues impacting older adults that are given greater priority in the grant process?

A 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.

Q What reporting requirements does The West End Home Foundation expect from grantees?

A 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.”

Q Are first-time applicants required to meet with the Foundation staff before applying?

A We do not require a meeting with first-time applicants prior to accepting an application but our Executive Director, Dianne Oliver, welcomes the opportunity to visit with potential new applicants before they begin the application process. Please reach out to her at or 615-383-1395.

Q Can I start my online application and finish it later?

A Yes, of course. Each time you sign in to your online application you have the option to “save and finish later”.

Q Do you ever grant exceptions to the application deadline?

A No, we hold firm to the application deadline. The online application portal automatically shuts down at the time of the posted deadline.

Q Do I need to create a new online application account each year?

A No. We launched new online grant software in 2016.  If you applied for funding in 2016 or later, your account is still active.  If you 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 or 615-383-1395.