Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund Grant

Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund

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Predicted deadline: Jan 15, 2023 2:30pm PST

Grant amount: Approximately US $20,000

Fields of work: Land/Habitat Conservation Youth Services Sport Fishing Sport Shooting Ornithological Conservation Mammalian Conservation Environmental Policy Tutoring & Mentoring After School /Summer Educational Programs Literacy Youth Development & Leadership Education - K through 12 Education - Higher Education Career/College Preparation College Success / Persistence Apprenticeship & Internship Programs Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Tennessee: Bedford County, Cannon County, Cheatham County, Clay County, Coffee County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About the fund

 Since 2009, the Maddox Charitable Fund has awarded over $21 million in grants to more than 150 organizations. Our founders had a commitment to young people, a love of nature and a passion for hunting and fishing. The board of directors, comprised of volunteer community leaders, oversees the fund’s operation and grantmaking.

We invest in efforts that focus on or support the following:


Promoting equity in educational opportunities

From kindergarten to college, from afterschool programs to summer learning, from literacy to teacher pipeline, the Maddox Fund partners with education initiatives that advance student achievement because knowledge and education are transformative.

What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “education”?

In general, the Maddox Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement and social emotional learning in  Kindergarten through traditional college age students (5-25).

Will the Maddox Fund support programs focused on parents and children together?

The Fund’s focus is on children and youth. Any proposal including parents and family (i.e., parent involvement in a child’s education, parent education, etc.) would need to demonstrate a direct benefit to children and youth and the stated outcomes would need to be child-centered. These proposals would likely be less competitive.

What type of education programs is Maddox interested in?

  • Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
  • Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
  • Summer or after-school academic enrichment
  • Math and reading programs
  • Literacy programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
  • Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.

Low-Income Youth

Supporting youth programs and youth voices

The Maddox Fund is committed to removing barriers that contribute to intergenerational poverty and to unlocking opportunities for marginalized youth. We value high impact programs, including long-term mentoring relationships and life-skills programs. We support movements that promote the voices and courageous leadership of youth.

What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “youth”?

The Maddox Fund’s grants will focus on ages 6 through traditional college age (ages 4-24).

What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “low-income”?

The Maddox Fund supports organizations serving low-income youth. The Fund does not have a single definition of socio-economic need. If applying under this category, please include in the program description the definition of economic need used by the agency as well as how program eligibility is determined (i.e., TANF, Food Stamps, etc.) and documented.

Grantees should document income eligibility for programs supported by the Maddox Fund.

What type of low-income programs is Maddox interested in?

  • After-school programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Youth development programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Youth fellowship and internship programs
  • Pre-K programs

Wildlife Conservation

Developing conservationists

The Maddox Fund supports programs dedicated to land preservation, water quality, wildlife habitat and public policy advocacy. We strive to connect marginalized children and youth with wildlife through hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. With our partners, Maddox is developing outdoor enthusiasts and life-long conservationists.

What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “conservation”?

The Maddox Fund’s interest in wildlife conservation is rooted in Dan and Margaret’s love of the outdoors and passion for hunting and fishing. We support programs that protect wildlife habitat, as well as youth hunting and fishing programs.

What type of conservation programs is Maddox interested in?

  • Activities that get marginalized youth into the outdoors with wildlife
  • Hunting and fishing programs
  • Game and fish habitat conservation efforts
  • Conservation and wildlife habitat public policy advocacy

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund serves the 41 counties of Middle Tennessee listed below.
    • Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatche, Smith, Jackson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, and Williamson
    • Programs must operate within this geographic area. 
  • The Maddox Charitable Fund requires all grantees to have an up-to-date GivingMatters.com profile.
  • Additional information for Faith Based Nonprofits:
    • The Maddox Charitable Fund supports nonprofits organizations that:
      • respect and value all faith traditions,
      • do not proselytize or evangelize


  • Within our three areas of interest, the Charitable Fund will not consider:
    • Organizations incorporated for less than 3 years
    • 501(c)(3) organizations that are government or government affiliates, supporting organizations (May be approved depending on the nature of the project) or private foundations
    • Endowments
    • Debt reduction
    • Depreciation
    • Capital gifts (May be approved depending on the nature of the project)
    • Organizations not operating programs within the 41 counties of Middle Tennessee
    • Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
    • Organizations primarily engaged in lobbying
    • Organizations formed for political activity
    • Congregations or religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their own members or for evangelical purposes. Exceptions are made for programs that:
      • receive broad community support,
      • keep separate financial statements,
      • primarily benefit persons outside their congregational members. 
  • Education
    • The Maddox Fund will not support family emergency assistance, including programs which provide rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.
    • What type of education programs is Maddox less interested in?
      • Programs for adults
      • Parent education programs
      • Early Childhood Programs
      • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
      • GED/HiSET programs
      • Arts or music education programs
      • Programs focused on infants and toddlers
      • Pre-K programs
      • Counseling programs
      • Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
      • Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
      • Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
      •  College assistance for adults
      • Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
      • School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations
    • The Charitable Fund will not support:
      • Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
      • General scholarship programs
      • Graduate school scholarship programs
      • Infant and Toddler programs
  • Low-income Youth
    • What type of low-income programs is Maddox less interested in?
      • Health, dental and treatment programs for youth
      • Drug treatment programs
      • Counseling /Therapeutic Programs
      • Pregnancy programs
      • Camps and Conferences
      • Infant and toddler programs
      • Arts Programs
      • Museums and historic preservation
      • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact.
    • The Charitable Fund will not support:
      • Emergency assistance, including family housing, utilities, food or medical assistance.
  • Wildlife Conservation
    • What type of conservation programs is Maddox less interested in?
      • General environmental education
      • Urban greenspace and parks
      • Recycling programs
      • Projects that do not impact game and fish habitat


This page was last reviewed January 20, 2022 and last updated January 20, 2022