Lyndhurst Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder is focused on Chattanooga, Tennessee, and funding topics are education, conservation, arts, culture, economy, urban design and development, neighborhood revitalization, and physical health.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, conservation, arts, culture, economy, urban design and development, neighborhood revitalization, physical health

IP TAKE: You can’t apply for a grant here if you aren’t pre-selected, but this is one of the top funders to know if you work in Chattanooga. Locally-focused grantmaking has lately been exceeding $4 million per year.

PROFILE: The Lyndhurst Foundation is dedicated to the Greater Chattanooga region of Tennessee. It was established by Thomas Cartter Lupton, an early pioneer in the Coca-Cola bottling business. The foundation was first called the Memorial Welfare Foundation in 1938, but it was renamed to Lyndhurst after Lupton’s death in 1977. Lyndhurst refers to the family’s home in Chattanooga.

Lupton’s son took over the family philanthropy back then, and efforts were shifted to downtown revitalization in the 1980s. Priorities shifted again in the early 1990s and yet again in 2012. Today, Lyndhurst is a parent foundation governed by 10 local trustees and has five smaller spin-off family foundations.

Funding areas of interest are education, conservation, arts, culture, economy, urban design and development, neighborhood revitalization, and physical health. This funder is interested in creating jobs, enhancing leisure time, preparing children for the workplace, efficient transportation, fuel for vehicles and infrastructure, and protecting natural resources. A list of past Lyndhurst grantees can be viewed here.

The Lyndhurst Foundation has been focusing its funding on metropolitan Chattanooga and the surrounding three-state region in the Cumberland Plateau, Blue Ridge Valley, and Blue Ridge. Surrounding counties in focus are DeKalb, Jackson, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Hamilton, Walker, Catoosa, Dade, Whitfield, Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, and Murray.

At the end of a recent year, the foundation claimed $129 million in assets, which was slightly lower than the years immediately prior. That year, over $4.3 million in grants was distributed and $39,606 was given for direct charitable activities. Current financial information can be viewed here.

Unfortunately for grantseekers, unsolicited proposals are not accepted. Instead, potential grantees are invited to submit proposals to describe their programs, desired funding amount, results to be achieved, and how outcomes will be evaluated. Lyndhurst board meetings usually take place in February, May, August, and November. Your proposal needs to be submitted at least six weeks in advance of these meetings, and those due dates typically fall on or around December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30.

General questions can be submitted via online form, called into the staff at 423-756-0767, or directed to the most appropriate staff member via email.

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