Nonprofit awards $16,000 in grants to RuCo organizations, January 4, 2012

Murfreesboro Post, January 4, 2012

NASHVILLE – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announced Wednesday it had awarded $16,285 in grants to eight Rutherford County nonprofit organizations as part of the organization’s annual grant-making process.

“Our grant-making is at the core of our mission to connect generosity with need and improve the quality of life in Middle Tennessee,” 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.”

The Community Foundation is charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves.

Specific grants to Rutherford County organizations include:

• Children’s Museum Corp/Discovery Center at Murfree Spring has received a grant to provide supplies for environmental education programs encouraging conservation of wetlands and habitats.

Domestic Violence Program has received a grant to expand emergency and supportive services to senior, rural and immigrant crime victims and victims of elder abuse.

Elders First Adult Day Services Association has received a grant to assist low income individuals, 55 years of age and older, with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, to attend 150 days of adult day care.

Jesse C Beesley Animal Humane Foundation has received a grant to deliver Kind News, a youth newspaper published by HSUS youth division, to all 4th graders in Rutherford County.

Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra has received a grant to provide opportunity for up to 10 students who have financial difficulty, and to support the creation of a jazz orchestra.

Rutherford County Correctional Work Center has received a grant to accomplish and provide structured educational, vocational, substance abuse and job training skills for inmates.

Special Kids has received a grant to provide various therapeutic resources and equipment for skilled nursing and rehabilitation programs.

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has received a grant to provide Active Learning educational lessons, materials and programs for Rutherford and Cannon counties.

These contributions are part of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s annual discretionary grantmaking process, which this year alone, has distributed more than $1.2 million to 242 nonprofit organizations throughout 30 Middle Tennessee counties.

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.

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