Our geography of giving

The HCA Healthcare Foundation makes charitable contributions to 501(c)3 organizations in Middle Tennessee. All requests outside of Middle Tennessee should be submitted to the nearest HCA Healthcare facility or division office. Access a map of HCA Healthcare facilities.

Grant application deadlines

Grants received by the following deadlines will be reviewed at the corresponding board meetings:

  • December 20, 2021 (Quarter 1 Meeting - March 3, 2022)
  • March 18, 2022 (Quarter 2 Meeting - May 24, 2022)
  • June 17, 2022 (Quarter 3 Meeting - August 23, 2022)
  • September 17, 2022 (Quarter 4 Meeting - November 4, 2022)

Grant programs

Health and well being

Our highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA Healthcare grants.

Education

Our second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. We award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership.

Arts

Finally, the HCA Healthcare Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community.

  • Select Existing Application. Sign in with your email and password
  • The page is titled Applications; click on the Requirements Link (top left on the page) which will take you to your online requirement
  • Note that your anticipated outcomes are populated into the form
  • Fill out the “actual” portion and comments if applicable.
  • The form works the same as the online grant application as you must save your work each time.
  • NOTE: If you are not the individual that submitted grant, please contact Foundation staff to transfer access.

New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Healthcare Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (at a minimum of 3 weeks prior to a grant deadline) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization.

Recommendations for foundation funding include consideration of the following criteria:

  • Relationship to HCA Healthcare's Mission/Strategy
  • Critical Need in Our Community
  • History of Relationship with the Organization (Board Service/Significant Year-Round Volunteer Involvement)
  • Funding Based on Budget Size
  • Community Impact

Organizations that receive funding greater than $5,000 will be asked to submit outcomes through online semi-annual and final progress reports.

GivingMatters.com profile

Organizations must have a full and updated GivingMatters.com profile to be considered for funding. For more information please go to GivingMatters.com.

Geography of giving

The Foundation makes charitable contributions to tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Because the Foundation focuses its giving in Middle Tennessee, all requests outside of the Nashville area should be submitted to the closest HCA Healthcare facility location or division office. A map of HCA Healthcare facilities may be accessed on HCA Healthcare.

Restrictions

The Foundation does not consider requests for:

  • individuals or their projects
  • private foundations
  • political activities
  • advertising or sponsorships of events
  • social events or similar fund-raising activities

As a matter of policy, the Foundation does not ordinarily support:

  • organizations in their first three years of operation
  • organizations involved in research, sports, environmental, wildlife, civic and international affairs
  • churches or schools (will support broad faith-based initiatives consistent with our mission and guidelines)

Operational and program requests are reviewed at all quarterly board meetings.

Levels of funding:

  • General Operational/Program grants range from $5,000-$25,000.
  • Basic Need & Primary Health grants range from $25,000-$50,000.
  • Special Project grants are determined on an exception basis.

Capital Grant Requests will be accepted on an exception basis. Please contact Foundation staff for more information.

Outcomes

Organizations that receive funding greater than $5,000 will be asked to submit outcomes through online semi-annual and final progress reports.

The purpose of this evaluation strategy is to provide a consistent and comprehensive framework of accountability and continuous quality improvement for successful agencies and programs.

Grants are classified by type of grant as shown below:

  • General Operational: Organization will report on attainment of goals and objectives of strategic plan.
  • Program: Organization will briefly summarize program and use logic model to identify and report on short and long term results.
  • Capital: Organization will identify and report on capital project budget and timeline.

To submit outcomes, select Existing Application. Sign in with your email and password. The page is titled Applications; click on the Requirements Link (top left on the page) which will take you to your online requirement. Note that your anticipated outcomes are populated into the form. Fill out the “actual” portion and comments, if applicable. The form works the same as the online grant application as you must save your work each time. NOTE: If you are not the individual that submitted grant, please contact Foundation staff to transfer access.

Nonprofits are encouraged to have an HCA Healthcare-affiliated board member, which are viewed as essential to the relationship between a nonprofit and the HCA Healthcare Foundation. HCA Healthcare colleagues can be found in many networks and on many volunteer sites. We encourage nonprofits to think about current HCA Healthcare colleagues who are donors or volunteers who could be elevated to your board. Nonprofits are also welcome to promote their board opportunities to HCA Healthcare colleagues. This process begins with the submission of information about the organization and its specific board needs through a survey. Approved requests are then posted on an HCA Healthcare internal site that is regularly promoted to colleagues looking for leadership opportunities with Middle Tennessee nonprofits. While board matches do occur because of these postings, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Please complete the following form.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your board opportunity with the HCA Healthcare community. We share nonprofit board member requests with HCA-affiliated employees throughout the year via our internal communications platform.

The time required to match prospective board members with nonprofit requests varies from a few weeks to several months based on colleague interest. Please note there is no guarantee that a match will necessarily occur. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Whitney Weeks.

How does the HCA Healthcare Foundation select grant recipients?

  • The Board of Directors makes its decisions based on recommendations by the HCA Healthcare Foundation staff.

Do I have to meet with the Foundation staff yearly to be considered for a grant/connected to the Foundation?

  • A meeting isn't required for an annual grant submission and does not influence the grant review process. This is meant to be reassuring to applicants who might feel pressure to find time to meet with Foundation staff. Feel free to add Foundation staff members to emails or newsletters so we can stay informed about your organization's efforts and events.

Ready to begin your grant application?