Footprint’s grant making approach puts relationship at the center of our process. This means we work to cultivate relationships, convene partners, invest in leadership, and encourage collaboration with people/organizations doing work in our four focus areas: creative culture, environment, learning, and social justice.

We value efforts that:

  • Attract, retain, and grow talent

  • Generate new leadership

  • Take risks

  • Explore new ideas and approaches

  • Support collaborations

  • Engage under-served populations

  • Enrich public spaces

  • Build community

We see our grants as investments in people with new ideas for strengthening community.


Grant requests are received by invitation only and support efforts specific to Chattanooga TN and Northern California.

We invite grant applications when relationships have been established and there is opportunity for a grant to impact more than one focus area.

We do not make grants toward capital campaigns, capital projects, or annual campaigns, nor do we sponsor fundraising events.