Daily News Journal, January 26, 2015
RUTHERFORD COUNTY – Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is awarding $44,250 in grants to nine Rutherford County nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s annual grant-making process.
“The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and through other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the many quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs 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, we are able to fund nonprofit solutions addressing Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities.”
Grants to Rutherford County organizations include:
•Center for the Arts/City-County Cultural Arts Commission received a grant to provide theater arts education to children in Rutherford County.
•Children’s Museum Corp/Discovery Center at Murfree Spring received a grant to provide environmental educator workshops for 120 teachers and hands-on environmental field studies for 4,500 students throughout Middle Tennessee.
•Domestic Violence Program received a grant to provide emergency services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, including shelter, court advocacy and counseling.
•Mindful Care Adult Day Services Association received a grant to provide fee assistance for cognitively-impaired seniors to attend the program.
“This grant from the Community Foundation for $3,000 will fund 100 days of our adult day program for participants who meet our criteria for low to moderate income. We want people who would otherwise not be able to attend, and there are two slots available,” said Tina O’Brien, founder and executive director for Mindful Care, formerly known as Elders First.
Participants will pay $10 per day — a quarter of the regular $40 daily fee. Most participants are 55 and older, and have dementia-related issues or health challenges, she said.
“Family caregivers often run out of energy because (caring for a family member) is a 24-hours-a-day job and our program provides relief,” O’Brien said.
To learn more, call 615-542-4371 or visit eldersfirst-ads.org
•Middle Tennessee State University Foundation received a grant to engage school-aged children in the archeology and prehistory of Rutherford County with artifacts and hands-on science activities.
•Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra/Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra received a grant to educate students in the art of symphonic music through school visits and free concerts with professional musicians.
•Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra received a grant to purchase new music and to offer scholarships to students in-need.
•Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity received a grant to provide financial capability and home-buyer education to 25 partner families purchasing homes through Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity.
“The grant was written to support our home-buyer education program,” said Regina Harvey, development specialist with the local Habitat for Humanity. “We offer 30 weeks of education that is mandatory for our partner families (who are working toward home ownership).”
The $2,500 grant will cover the cost for two of the 30-week classes, which are held yearly. The next class is set to start Monday, April 6, and slots are still available. Community members who are not enrolled in the Habitat for Humanity program are also welcome to attend, Harvey said.
“Classes help new homeowners to be successful and (covers) everything from the financial side, working on budgets and working on credit, and making sure debt is in line to qualify for a mortgage,” Harvey said.
Anyone who is interested in participating in the class should preregister by calling 615-890-5877, ext. 103.
•Smyrna-La Vergne Food Bank received a grant to provide critically needed dairy and protein to 1,000 low-income children and their families in Rutherford County.
“We received $6,000 … to help us purchase critical dairy products for children and families we serve,” said food bank director Ladawna Parham. “Dairy is the most difficult thing for our very supportive community to provide through food drives because it is perishable. Support from funders such as the Community Foundation is essential to providing these nutritional needs for our children.”
These contributions are part of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s annual discretionary grant-making process which, this year alone, has distributed more than $1.6 million to 265 nonprofit organizations throughout 27 Middle Tennessee counties.
Grants are awarded annually from the foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.
More information on the grant process is online at cfmt.org/request/grants.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, with offices located at 3833 Cleghorn Ave. in Nashville, oversees more than 1,050 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community.
In the past 23 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $715 million to community programs and institutions.
For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit cfmt.org.