CFMT awards funds to over 30 local charities

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), a charity dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Middle Tennessee and beyond, announces $ 2,664,888 in grants to 439 local nonprofit organizations under of the 2021 annual grant award process.

Grants will benefit nonprofit organizations in 32 counties in the region: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Maury , Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Warren, White, Williamson and Wilson counties.

The main award categories were: Social services (children and youth / women and men / seniors / emergency needs) (24 percent of grants), arts and humanities (17 percent), education (15 percent) and animal welfare (12 percent). ).

“The Community Foundation is honored to link generosity and need through these annual grants and other means throughout the year, but we could not have the impact that we have without the many non-profit organizations. lucrative providing solutions to the needs of our community and vital services to our neighbors, ”said Ellen Lehman, president of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the work of dedicated and talented nonprofits, we are able to fund solutions that meet the emerging needs and opportunities of Middle Tennessee. “

Grant recipients in Rutherford County include:

Amélie’s closet: To provide meaningful vocational training and placement for 40 adults facing barriers to employment by developing their potential and the gifts of God.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Ascension Foundation: To financially enable cancer patients to participate in a 12 week cancer wellness program from diagnosis to survival.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford Co.: We will provide the 400 Club members with the Youth for Unity program which will offer activities and events for all.

Carpe Artista, Inc .: To provide 40 diverse and at-risk students with a positive, professional musical theater camp experience.

CASA of Rutherford Co.: Recruit, train and administratively support juvenile court volunteers who defend children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford Co. dba Discovery Center: To deliver a 3-month Artist-in-Residence program and corresponding public programming, including a free Community Arts event in April.

Community Helpers, Inc. (The): Provide emergency aid to 1,000 low-income RC households for rent, electricity and medicine during the financial crisis.

Dance through the program: Provide dance training and free tutoring to over 100 girls residing in the urban communities of Rutherford County.

Family Violence Program: Provide free sexual assault forensic examinations and support services to help adult victims of sexual assault find hope, healing and recovery.

Dominion Financial Management, Inc .: Help 30 families avoid homelessness through financial support and education to improve their housing situation after the pandemic.

Doors of Hope, Inc .: Our goal is to provide 30 clients with services such as shelter, food, case management and mental health counseling.

Elders First Adult Day Service dba Mindful Care: Preserve autonomy and prevent the institutionalization of 19 seniors with cognitive disabilities, while providing support and respite to their caregivers.

Endure Athletics Foundation: Offer a safe after-school program to 50 homeless children and youth.

Set of young Ethos: Ethos provides musically enriching opportunities for student musicians (Grades 2 to 12), the community and local schools through weekly classes and concerts.

First Shot Foundation: First Shot STEM Academy has licensed teachers who provide STEM education after school and during school vacations.

Greenhouse Ministries: Greenhouse Ministries is requesting partial funding for eight mobile food banks to be held in Rutherford County in 2022.

Jesse C Beesley Animal Humane Foundation: Promote animal care and kindness through affordable spay / neuter services, vaccinations, preventative care and education on responsible pet ownership.

Pathway in community integration: To provide additional rent for 14 residents of the Journeys’ Supported Living program.

Murfreesboro Cold Patrol: Housing stabilization for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Murfreesboro Muslim Youth Inc .: To engage youth in meeting the emergency food, shelter and utility needs of 80 or more Murfreesboro residents.

New Direction Community Development Corporation: Provide food boxes, a food bank, FunCare bags (food, hygiene and toys), weekend meals, bulk food and supplies.

Feeding the food bank: Increase the reach and impact of our low-budget hotel and campground food delivery program for displaced families.

Place of possibility: Offer art classes to adults in our program to further develop self-esteem and self-confidence and improve mental health.

Prevention for Success Coalition: Improve access to behavioral health services for people suffering from substance use disorders referred by a first responder.

Read to be successful: Family Literacy Evenings provide reading time, supervised literacy activities, a book and dinner for the whole family.

Awareness of the ministries of Renewed Life: Empower RLMO’s 25 students to eat in a nutritionally healthy way, promoting physical integrity and continuing after graduation.

Rutherford Co. Area Habitat for Humanity: To provide doors for the construction of affordable and permanent housing for low and moderate income families in Rutherford County.

Special Center for Therapy and Nursing for Children: Provide life skills and field trips to youth with special needs, ages 6 to 25, through Camp Ability.

Stepping Stones Safe Haven, Inc: Provide case management support to homeless women and children, bringing them to stability and wholeness.

Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Association Inc: To sensitize students to the art of symphonic music through school visits and free concerts with professional musicians.

Barnabas vision: Provide financial assistance with rent and utility bills on behalf of 330 clients to stay in stable housing.

The Arts Center: The Center for the Arts (CFTA) offers performing arts programs throughout the year and performance opportunities for youth in Rutherford County.

Hope Station, Inc: To provide rental services, utilities and psychological counseling to single mothers and their minor children in Rutherford and Davidson counties.

The return trip: Providing meals 7 days a week to the homeless and disadvantaged in Rutherford County through the Community Cafe.

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties: Providing books to children under 5 each month to provide a foundation for learning in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

You can do this Home Ownership Center, Inc .: To provide housing stabilization counseling services to 20 families in the Nashville-Davidson-Rutherford MSA at risk of eviction or foreclosure.

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted funds and in its area of ​​interest to nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee. Grants are awarded through an open application process for organizations serving the needs of the community and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.

For more information on the grant process and for a complete list of 2021 grant recipients, visit And to learn more about more than 1,800 Middle Tennessee nonprofits and the great work they do, visit CFMT

About the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in all 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, and communities to meet the needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with kindhearted people, whether they have great wealth or not, to develop solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable efforts. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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