Grantees and Programs

The City of Memphis wants to position Memphis as a global epicenter of positive social change. In addition to the events planned by the National Civil Rights Museum, Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis City Council are providing small grants to help support events and programming honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the city of Memphis. 

Funds were awarded for activities that impact the following priorities:

  • Poverty

  • Youth

  • Jobs/Economic Development

  • Community Empowerment

  • Nonviolence 

  • Justice/Peace

Congratulations to our grant recipients!

  • The Withers Collection

    Support for the Pictures Tell the Story Reenactment of the famous 1968 I AM A MAN Sanitation Workers Strike photo with today’s youth standing in the place of the 1968 Strikers.

  • Soulsville Foundation

    Support for student performances of music that influenced the Civil Rights Movement along with the Dr. King and develop a curriculum and study guide on the meaning and importance of the selections.

  • Shelby County Schools

    Support for the SCS MLK50 Peace and Action Forum for SCS students, which brings together youth and adult voices to examine what peace and action should look like today.

  • MIFA

    Support Founders Day to celebrate the interfaith and volunteer legacy of MIFA. The goal of the event is to encourage openness, listening, and dialogue, while showcasing the collective strength of diverse neighbors serving side by side.

  • Mid-South Food Bank

    Support for eight Mobile Food Pantry distributions 24,000 lbs. of healthy, nutritious food.

  • Memphis College of Art

    Displaced Bodies project examines how bodies are displaced by intersections between poverty, available living wage jobs, decent housing, quality education, and justice.

  • Mallory Heights Community Club

    MLK50 themed run/walk a thon

  • LeMoyne-Owen College

    Support for We Remember King: 50 Year Reflection and Memorial Service at Metropolitan Baptist Church, a reenactment of the service held April 5, 1968, led by LOC students.

  • Latino Memphis

    Barrier Free art installation which honors and invites reflection on all who have benefited from the Civil Rights Movement to four sites in Memphis

  • KIPP Memphis

    Student Family Resource Center with laundry facilities and computers that families can use free of charge.

  • James E. Smith CDC

    “Bridging the Gap” MLK50 Dream Weekend events in the Frayser/Raleigh community.

  • Hattiloo Theatre

    Support six weeks of programming including a retrospection of the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s, making connections to today’s challenges and justice movements, using the arts as a powerful tool for social change.

  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South

    Support the One Heart, One Voice National Infographic Contest in honor of MLK50.

  • Frayser Community Schools, MLK, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

    Under the MLK Fine Arts Department Media Club will produce a documentary highlighting positive changes since Dr. King’s assassination, while analyzing the need for more social change in Memphis and Frayser today.

  • Facing History and Ourselves

    2018 student-led “Teach-ins” following the “Where Do We Go from Here?” theme and focusing on race relations, human rights and social justice in Memphis.

  • Constance Abbey

    MLK50 community block party for the 38105 zip code to deepen relationships between neighbors and unlock community history.

  • Communities In Schools of TN

    College and Career Readiness Program spring break college tour to excite and provide exposure for Melrose High students while helping them find the best fit for success on their college and career journeys.

  • Carpenter Art Garden

    Support the Youth Employment Program’s weeklong MLK50 tribute to include producing and distributing 250 MLK50 “community yard hearts” in the Binghampton neighborhood.

  • Blues City Cultural Center

    ORANGE MOUND: ’68 AND BEYOND, which will use the arts to engage Melrose High School youth and neighborhood elders in creating an authentic interpretation of Orange Mound in 1968 and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Dr. King.