Transom Grant

Transom Grants are for programs that include clear goals, timelines, and measurable health outcomes. Health outcomes show the impact that the program has had on its participants.

Program Requirements

 

We support current and new programs that have a documented community need. These programs must be sustainable and fit into our areas of interest:

  • Physical Health (This category is limited to agencies that provide direct clinical services, caregiver support, or health system navigation through the Get Covered TN initiative) e.g. providing respite care or medical care.
  • Mental Health
  • Recovery from Alcohol or Drug Addiction
  • Healing from Abuse, Neglect, or Violence

We value holistic and compassionate care and consider these elements as we review grant applications.

1. Basic Instructions

Click “begin” to start your application. You will need your agency’s Tax ID number to begin the application. Please remember to update and save after modifying any of the fields. We also suggest that you save your text in a Microsoft Word document.

2. Required Forms

For our Transom Grant, please download these required forms and documents required as part of the application process.

3. Application Details

Organization Information

  1. Identify your organization, including: name, mailing address, phone, and fax, as well as a 100-word description of your organization and its mission.
  2. Indicate the Annual Budget for your organization.

Contact Information

  1. Indicate the primary contact for this request.
  2. Indicate your organization’s Executive Director. This is your organization’s highest-ranking salaried position. Could also be titled President or CEO.

Brief Program Description

  1. Describe the project or program for support and how the work will be accomplished. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  2. What are the goals of your project/program? (250 word limit)
  3. What are the outputs/objectives of your project or program? (250-word limit)
  4. What activities are necessary to complete the project/program? (250-word limit)
  5. What are the measurable expected outcomes of the project/program? (250-word limit)
  6. Describe what evaluation tools your organization will use to measure your outcomes. (250-word limit)
Organization Information

  1. Identify your organization, including: name, mailing address, phone, and fax, as well as a 100-word description of your organization and its mission.
  2. An update of your most recent year’s organization accomplishments and statistics. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  3. Your agency’s statement of inclusiveness indicating that services are provided without discrimination. This should be more than just your agency’s hiring practices. (100-word limit)
  4. If you checked yes above, please describe how spirituality or faith is a component of the program for which funds are being requested.

Contact Information

  1. Indicate the primary contact for this request.
  2. Indicate your organization’s Executive Director. This is your organization’s highest-ranking salaried position. Position could also be titled President or CEO.
  3. Indicate the organization’s Board Chair and Treasurer.

Executive Summary

  1. Describe the project or program for support and how the work will be accomplished. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  2. Describe your organization’s experience in reaching, engaging, and serving the target population. Please limit your response to 250 words.
  3. Describe the timeframe or timeline upon which your program/project will occur. Please limit your response to 100 words.
  4. Describe any collaborative partners and/or funds. Please limit your response to 100 words.

Needs Assessment

  1. Give evidence illustrating community need for the program or program and detail how the community will benefit. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  2. Provide demographic information regarding your target population. This demographic information should specifically detail how you target population is considered vulnerable/underserved (ex: socio-economic information, etc.) Please limit your response to 500 words.

Project/Program Description

  1. What is the title of your project/program?
  2. What is the total amount of support requested from The Trust?
  3. Indicate if you are requesting a multiple-year grant.
  4. If this is a program expansion or new program, please give specific information about the numbers of people served in your last fiscal year versus the numbers anticipated to be served with the addition of this grant funding.
  5. What is the total budget for this project/program?
  6. Which of The Trust’s current interests best matches your project/program?
  7. When will this project/program start?
  8. Which geographic area is served by your project/program?
  9. What population is served by your project/program?
  10. What are the goals of your project/program? (250 word limit)
  11. What are the outputs/objectives of your project or program? (250-word limit)
  12. What activities are necessary to complete the project/program? (250-word limit)
  13. What are the measurable expected outcomes of the project/program? (250-word limit)
  14. Describe what evaluation tools your organization will use to measure your outcomes. (250-word limit)
  15. Include a biographical sketch for any new proposed program staff (250-word limit)

Project Financial Information

  1. Budget Justification: Give a detailed description of what is included on each line item and how the totals per line item were reached. In addition to describing EACH line item in your program budget, please also justify specifically how The Trust’s investment would be utilized.  For the administrative overhead line item, please describe your agency’s administrative allocation process. (1,250-word limit)
  2. Identify additional sources of funding and develop a detailed plan for the future program sustainability. If you received support from The Trust in the recent past, please give an update as to what you have accomplished in relation to what was stated in your previous financial sustainability plan (i.e. Did the program meet the financial goals set forth in your previous sustainability plan?) Please also describe any matching or in-kind support that the agency receives for this program. (1,000-word limit)
  3. The Trust cares about the sustainability of your organization and views sustainability as more than just financial. Please tell us about any succession planning that the agency has done in the past few years. If you anticipate any change in your agency’s leadership team within the next two years, please describe here, and if so, what is the agency doing to prepare new leaders? (250 word limit)
  4. List the name and title of staff/board member(s) in your agency that are able to access the agency’s secured checks. Describe how the checks are physically secured. List the name/title of staff/board member(s) that enter data (e.g. code checks, etc.) into the agency’s accounting system. Describe the accounting software used by the agency. Please describe how the accounting system data is backed up and how frequently back-ups are made. How are the back-ups secured? (100 word limit)
  5. Please list the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that prepare the monthly bank reconciliations(s). List the staff/board member that receives the monthly bank statements. Please list the individuals that review the bank reconciliation(s). Does the agency process its own payroll or does it use an external vendor? Please list the staff/board member responsible for entering payroll or submitting the payroll information to the outside vendor. Please list the name/title of staff/board member charged with approving time sheets. List the name and title of staff/board member(s) that receive and review monthly payroll reports. Please describe your agency’s process for tracking restricted donations. (250 word limit)
  6. List the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that are authorized to sign checks on behalf of the agency. Please describe how many signatures are required on checks. Please list the name and title of the staff/board member(s) that are responsible for approving invoices for payment. Please describe how frequently the board reviews the agency’s financial statements and other financial reports (payroll, expense listings, etc.). (100 word limit)

Required Attachments

  1. Transom Application Budget Form
  2. Current Financial Statements (Unaudited Profit and Loss Statement) Please include aggregate year to date data rather than month by month statements.
  3. Current Financial Statement (Unaudited Balance Sheet)
  4. Organization Chart (Please upload your chart as a pdf file)

Optional Attachments

  1. Recent Letter(s) of Support from Collaborative Partners

Please contact Meredith Benton for questions about Transom Grants that address healing from abuse, neglect, and violence at (615)284-8271 ext 116.

Please contact Catherine Smith for questions about Transom Grants that address mental health and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction at (615)284-8271 ext 121.

Please contact Jennifer Oldham for questions about Transom Grants that address physical health at (615)284-8271 ext 114.

We evaluate Transom Grants based on responses to the following questions.

1. Is this program designed to benefit the health of individuals through near term direct services or through longer term structural enhancement efforts?

2. Do the values and mission of this project coincide with the mission and values of The Trust to promote compassionate, holistic care?

3. Does this program focus on health needs of underprivileged population(s)?

4. Does this program address an existing deficiency within the community?

5. How significant are the likely benefits of the program to community relative to the total cost?

6. Does the program have an actionable revenue plan?

7. Is the organization financially viable if Trust funding were to end?

8. Does this program have clear, measurable and realistic outcomes that indicate either a positive health change in a target population or outcomes that demonstrate progress towards long term structural improvement?

9. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the program and organization’s long term success?

10. Does this program offer a spiritual/faith-based approach to care?

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