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Cracker Barrel Foundation

The Cracker Barrel Foundation seeks to strengthen and preserve their community by supporting programs in the areas of education, human services, cultural affairs and the environment. Special consideration is given to programs that address children, youth and family issues, and emphasize traditional values such as hard work, education and self-reliance.

Proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Decisions are made quarterly. It is recommended that you wait twelve months between submitting proposals for funding, regardless of their approval status. Unfortunately, they are unable to fund every quality program or organization for which they receive requests. Please understand that this is a reflection of limited available resources, and not upon the worthiness of the organization.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

Cracker Barrel Foundation uses no standard application form. It is requested that proposals be concise and include the following:

Please note: Organizations must have a mailing address from a city where a Cracker Barrel is located.
  • Name, address and description of organization
  • Past accomplishments of the organization
  • Objectives of organization and specific project for which funding is requested, if applicable
  • Geographic area served by organization
  • History of previous support from Cracker Barrel Foundation
  • Exact dollar amount of request
  • Plan for evaluating results of project
  • What percentage of total budget is the request?
 Attachment should include:
  • IRS letter of determination of section 501(c)(3) tax exemption status
  • Latest income and expense statement
  • Names and affiliations of those serving on your board of directors
  • Names and qualifications of employees, as well as numbers of volunteers
  • Other sources of income and amount contributed by each
  • Other organizations you are approaching for funding
  • A few current, relevant articles or reviews about the organization, if available
Proposals should be sent to:
Cracker Barrel Foundation
Penny Carroll, Director
P.O. Box 787
Lebanon, Tennessee 37088-0787
Telephone Number: (615) 444-5533
Fax Number: (615) 443-9874

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter president Kendall Norris and the chapter's BETF liaison Homer Britton to complete a $3,000 grant proposal to the Cracker Barrel Foundation. We asked for the funding to support the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in the greater Nashville area.

Cracker Barrel Foundation let us know that they are in receipt of our written proposal and that it will be under consideration at their next quarterly board meeting in May 2012.

Me? I'm going to Cracker Barrel today to order catfish and collard greens for lunch! I figure that my support of the restaurant will be good karma for our grant proposal. Wish us luck!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is disappointed to report that our funding effort with Cracker Barrel Foundation was unsuccessful. BETF had reached out to this funding source for a $3,000 grant in support of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program implemented by our BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter under the leadership of chapter president Kendall Norris . However, we recently received a declination letter from Cracker Barrel that read as follows:
Dear Mr. Hicks,

We appreciate your giving Cracker Barrel Foundation the opportunity to review your request to support your program.

It is our privilege to support the communities who have contributed to our success over the years. Unfortunately, with more than 612 stores across the country, we find the need continually exceeds the limited support we are able to provide. After careful review of your submission with our Board of Directors, we regret to inform you that we will not be able to make a contribution to your organization at this time. However, we applaud your commitment to this worthwhile cause and wish you great success in your endeavors on its behalf.

Thank you for thinking of the Cracker Barrel Foundation.

Your truly,
Penny Carroll
Director

Although we were sad to lose out on this grant request for our chapter in Nashville, Tennessee ... we are not deterred from our passion to raise funds to support BDPA programs, scholarships and services all over the nation!

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