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Our 2016 Discretionary Grantees

We are thrilled to share the names of the 328 nonprofits - representing 31 of our 40 counties served - awarded with a 2016 discretionary grant from The Community Foundation.

"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."

Watch our video below featuring the names of all our recipients in this year's discretionary grant cycle. Original music by Matt Walberg & The Living Situation.

View the celebration of our nonprofits from the very first virtual grant party right here.



100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee

The 100 KINGS program provides academic enrichment, social skills building, college preparation, community service, and career development for black youth

23rd District Judicial Advocates, Inc.

To purchase a vehicle for transporting Drug Court participants to and from work, probation meetings, recovery groups, AA meetings.

2nd Chance 4 Pets

To reduce the number of pets unnecessarily euthanized each year due to the death or incapacitation of their human companions

A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee Inc.

To provide free, long acting reversible contraception (LARC) to Middle Tennessee women under age 30 with two or more children.

A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.

To provide Parent Education Programs for 40 parents of children who have severe disabilities and are confined to wheelchairs.

Actors Bridge Ensemble

To fund scholarships for teenage girls to attend Act Like a GRRRL

Summer and Year-Round Programs in writing and performance.

Adventure Science Center Nashville

Provide 300 middle school students with free life science lab experiences, investigating the microbiology of plants and animals. 

Against the Grain, Inc.

To provide Jobs Skills and Reentry services to 30 pre and post individuals held in DCSO, WCSO and CCA facilities

Agape Animal Rescue

To provide spay or neuter surgeries to 80 abandoned dogs to prepare them for permanent adoption.

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

To fund the Education and Community Program (ECP), which brings classical music and educational programming into schools and community organizations.

Alive Hospice

Scholarships for students in the health sciences to participate in Alive Hospice's Simulation Lab for end of life conversations.

ALS Association Tennessee Chapter

To provide families a break in the 24/7 caregiving demands of a loved one with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

American Red Cross - Nashville Area Chapter

Fund client assistance cards (CAC) for disaster cycle services in Sumner and Robertson counties. 

Andrew Jackson Foundation

The proposed program is to repoint the open mortar joints in the c.1822 Smokehouse at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

Aphesis House, Inc.

To provide the basic needs necessary for obtaining employment and achieving self-sustainability for 75 men returning from incarceration and homelessness.

Ark Community Resource and Assistance Center

To provide nutritional food to approximately 425  food pantry clients two times per month.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade

To provide art classes at the Fair Park Senior Center in Crossville, TN through the Art Guild Outreach program.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training provides artists with critical entrepreneurial skills needed to build thriving, sustainable creative businesses. 

Arts Center of Cannon County, Inc.

To host a two-day practicum exploring the National Core Arts Standards and methods that integrate them into the general curriculum. 

Backfield in Motion

To provide educational services for disadvantaged minority boys performing below grade level and HiSET classes for adults in Northeast Nashville.

Bel-Aire Elementary School

Bel-Aire wishes to provide fifth graders with Junior Achievement's free-enterprise educational program, culminating with participation in JA BizTown.

BELL Garden Bellevue Middle School Edible Learning Lab

Soil enrichment of one-quarter acre of BELL Garden for row vegetables beds and apply vertimulching techniques to fruit trees.

Best Friends Sanctuary

To help the low-income community in Fentress County spay or neuter their pets.

Bethesda Community Mission Inc.

To provide healthier food choices to residents of Houston County, especially those health issues.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

The Seniors Club of BCN provides educational, physical and emotional resources to low-income seniors living in Davidson County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

To provide one-to-one mentoring services for 400 or more children of prisoners in Middle Tennessee through the Amachi program.

Blue Monarch

To provide healthy, effective parenting tools to recovering drug addicted mothers who lack the skills to parent their children sober. 


To provide pre-literacy skills training for 100 low-income PreK children to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County

Provide tutoring by certified teachers and intensive academic mentoring to 100 high drop-out risk youth to ensure high school graduation.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood allow adolescent girls and boys (ages 12 -18) to build skills for adulthood.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County

Our Great Futures Program aims to prepare our Junior Staff members for their future after high school.

Bridges of Williamson County

To provide support to individuals who are seeking legal protection from domestic violence through the judicial system.


To help adult senior citizens who must provide full-time care to dependent adult children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID).

Cannon County Services and Violence Education/SAVE

A childrens program that will allow victims to gain employment, become financially stable, and abuse free without childcare cost. 

Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County

To provide $100 monthly for reimbursement for quality respite care to 15 families suffering with Alzheimer's disease.

CASA of Maury County, Inc

To provide educational advocacy skills to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to improve educational outcomes for foster youth

CASA Works, Inc.

To train established and new volunteers using qualified professionals and resources and  to provide knowledge on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

CASA, Inc.

To recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate in court for the safe, permanent placement of abused and neglected children.

Center for the Arts/City-County Cultural Arts Commission

To provide arts education to the youth of Rutherford County.

Center for the Community Integration of New Americans

To provide academic support after school to 20 children of immigrants living in Nashville. 

Center of Hope

To provide counseling sessions to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. 

Centerstone of Tennessee, Inc

To provide therapy and recovery skills to 100 adults who are overcoming substance abuse through Centerstone's Addiction Recovery Services

Charlotte Fagan United Methodist Church

To provide affordable, choral music education and enrichment to children and adults of all ages in Dickson and surrounding counties.


To underwrite the launch of an outreach program which will bring chamber music and social justice issues to students.

Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation

Low cost spay neuter program for free roaming dogs (any size) in Cheatham County. 


To provide hands-on art and gardens education to underserved Middle Tennessee youths facing barriers to arts access and enrichment.

Childcare Tennessee

ChildcareTennessee, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, focuses on providing resources to create sustainability for childcare programs. 

Children's Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District

To provide child abuse prevention education and outreach directly to members of the Hispanic/Latino communities within the 31st District.

Christian Women's Job Corps of MIddle Tennessee

To provide HSE (High School Equivalency) classes at our Madison Satellite location for at least 30 adults (ages 18-56). 

City of Dickson Parks and Recreations

Construct a low ropes course to be located in J. Dan Buckner Park.  

City of Manchester

Implement a garden to table food program for school age children. 

Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council

To bring in specialized conservationists to advise on how to preserve an iconic ghost sign on a historic downtown building.

Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition

To provide behavioral modification classes including anger management to Coffee County students under disciplinary action.

Coffee County Board of Education

To focus on improving the attendance of 628 students identified as chronically absent from school during the 2015-16 school year.

Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center

To provide child abuse prevention education to 1,250 children and 225 adults in Coffee County.

Coffee County Humane Society

To spay and neuter cats and dogs of low income families, stray cats, and foster pets before adoption

Coffee County Imagination Library

To provide one high-quality, age appropriate Imagination Library book monthly for one year to 500 preschool-aged children in Coffee County.

Coffee County Manchester Public Library

To provide a reading program to the children to encourage them to read during the summer and retain their skills.

College Street Elementary

To provide students an opportunity afterschool to become "Makers, Coders, Drone Flyers, and Archers" and to get their creativity flowing.

Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN)

To support at-risk MNPS students in poverty, providing effective case management to help them stay in school and ultimately graduate.

Community Development Center

The Children's Center for Autism will provide individualized behavior consultation services to children ages five through twelve.

Community Homeless Outreach & Support/The Brooks House

To provide preventive and corrective physical/dental/vision care and necessary medications for residents as they prepare to re-enter the workforce.

Community Resource Center

To distribute new household necessities food stamps won't buy to nonprofit agencies for their clients in need.


To conduct diversity and leadership training camps for local high school students to address changing demographics and human relations. 

Continental T-Belle Track Club, Inc.

To provide 35 young-women (ages 8-18) with mental, emotional and physical development opportunities through participation in an elite track program.

Council on Aging of Greater Nashville

To prevent elder abuse and exploitation through education and outreach to seniors, family caregivers, and professionals who work with seniors.

Country K-9 Rescue, Inc.

We are preventing the next generation of unwanted, homeless animals through spaying and neutering family pets and free roaming cats.

Country Music Foundation

Words & Music is a curriculum-based lyric-writing program that creates opportunities for teachers and students to work with Nashville songwriters.

Crossroads Campus

To procure laminate flooring for our social enterprise, Crossroads Pets, to ensure sanitation and durability in high traffic, animal environment.

Davidson County Mental Health and Veterans Court Assistance Foundation

To provide housing assistance, drug/alcohol testing, and transportation assistance to Davidson County Veterans Court participants to ensure program compliance. 

Deerfield Elementary

To provide food for the Deerfield Backpack Special Needs Program,coats and shoes, and back to school supplies for Deerfield students.

DeKalb County Board of Education-Coordinated School Health

To provide food to children in need every weekend during the school year.

Dickson Community Clinic

To provide financial assistance for medically necessary screening and diagnostic testing, referrals to specialists and medical supplies. 

Dickson Police Department

To provide community education programs for multiple groups including youth groups and children. 

Dismas, Inc.

To provide 17 men exiting incarceration comprehensive case management and clinical support, to help them become contributing members of society. 

Doors of Hope

To provide wrap-around services for our Phase 1 female clients immediately after they leave incarceration and/or residential drug rehabilitation.

Down Syndrome Association of Middle TN

To provide critically-needed information, education and support to Spanish-speaking families who have a child/adult with Down syndrome.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship

To provide four one-year scholarships to four children ages 6 weeks to 4 years for safe, quality early childhood education.

East Coffee Elementary School

To improve the academic achievement of upper elementary students through advanced gross motor skills training.

East Lincoln Elementary

To provide our Students of poverty attending East Lincoln Elementary School with basic essentials to meet their individual basic needs.

East Middle School

East Middle School proposes to offer a program which will help meet the basic needs of economically disadvantaged students.  

East Nashville Hope Exchange

To provide summertime and school-year literacy programming for at-risk youth in grades K-4 as identified by local East Nashville schools.

Easter Seals Tennessee, Inc.(ESTN)

To provide program supplies for adults living with disabilities so they can focus on and improve their abilities during camps/respites.

Edgehill Bike Club

To teach kids bike repair, bike safety and explore Nashville. 

Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership

To expand after-school programming to include academic and enrichment activities for 16-24 middle school students residing in the Edgehill neighborhood.

Elders First Adult Day Services dba Mindful Care

To preserve independence and prevent institutionalization for 20 cognitively impaired older adults, while providing support and respite for their caregivers.  

Exchange Club/Stephens Center

provide child abuse and neglect prevention through in-home visitation, support, and education for 30 Spanish-speaking first- time & teen parents

Faith Family Medical Center

To provide quality, low cost "well woman" exams (including lab work) to 67 hardworking uninsured or underinsured female patients.

Families in Crisis, Inc.

To provide services to survivors of domestic/sexual violence by providing them with resources to become safe, independent, healthy and self-sufficient.

Family 2 Family

To provide financial assistance to low income individuals and families with their monthly utility bills. 

Family and Children's Service

To fund the Crisis Line--the only broad-spectrum crisis call line of its kind in Middle Tennessee.

Family Foundation Fund

To provide agricultural training, organic produce, health and nutrition programs, and job opportunities to 60 constituents of our mentoring program.

Family Reconciliation Center/Reconciliation Inc.

To provide classes and counseling to facilitate re-entry into free society for ex-offenders at Tennessee Prison for Women

Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc

To provide high-quality, affordable care for infant and toddlers who are living at-risk while their families work or complete school.

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary

To provide hay to meet the forage aspect of the dietary needs of 15 special needs senior horses.


To provide one year of weekday, home delivered evening meals  for 15 elders who are at risk of malnutrition.

First Steps, Inc.

We will provide early intervention services to low income and refugee families with special needs. 

Folks at Home

To provide Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention courses to older adults to empower people to improve their health.

Franklin County Humane Society

To provide veterinary care for rescued pets while they are in Animal Harbor until we find new homes for them.

Free for Life International

To produce educational radio broadcasts that educate the Middle Tennessee area on the risks, dangers and reality of human trafficking.

Friends in General

Nashville General Hospital is establishing Men's Prostate Health Clinics, to include free prostate examination for uninsured and underinsured.

Friends of Animals of Jackson Co

Provide financial assistance for Jackson County residents to spay/neuter their pets.

Friends of the Hendersonville Arts Council

To produce an affordable arts after school program for underserved children in low income public schools. 

Friends of Warner Parks, Inc.

To engage a skilled team in repairing Warner Parks' heavily-used trail system, providing improved access/safety for thousands of monthly visitors.

Friendship House, Inc.

To provide support, counsel, and recovery for alcoholic and drug addicted women, to help them and their children.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

To waive enrollment fees for child constituents of our Community Partner organizations to attend the Frist Center summer art camp.

Gallatin CARES

To offer short-term emergency food and clothing relief to those in need in Gallatin and Sumner County.

Genesis House, Inc.

To provide transitional housing with supportive services in our Lodge Program for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

To provide financial assistance to 28 girls from underserved areas who would like to attend summer Girl Scout Summer Camp.

Girls on the Run of Middle Tennesse

To provide 69 girls from low income families the opportunity to participate in a life changing research-based character development program.


To operate a searchable database of nonprofit organizations for the purpose of encouraging informed giving in Middle Tennessee.

Good Neighbor Foundation

Provide re-entry needs to 60 females...medical, rent, clothing, food, health, etc

Good Neighbors Theater, Inc.

Provide children's summer drama/vocal camps, produce theatrical/musical productions that educate, enrich the lives and involve residents from this distressed area.

Good Samaritan Ministries of Franklin County

Our primary mission is to provide food boxes for needy families in Franklin County approx. 375 families per month.

Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc.

To provide paid work training for six weeks for high school students ages 16-21 years old during the summer break.

Governor's Books from Birth Foundation

The Marshall County Imagination Library provides one new book per month to children from birth to age 5.  

Graceworks Ministries, Inc.

To provide rental or utility emergency assistance to help 80 families avoid eviction or utility disconnection.

Granville Museum, Inc.

To provide  living history experiences, demonstrating the 1940's a decade of change, for multi-generational audiences. 

Greater Faith Community Action Corp.

To sustain the feeding capacity of the Master's Table Soup Kitchen in Springfield, Tennessee.

Greenhouse Ministries

To provide consistent and free basic healthcare access, screenings, and advocacy to the underserved community of Murfreesboro and surrounding counties.

Guardianship and Trusts Corporation

Serve up to 9 abused/neglected/exploited adults under 60, handling their medical, personal and financial matters as court-appointed guardian and conservator. 

Hands On Nashville, Inc.

Engage volunteers in improving the energy efficiency of 4 homes owned and occupied by low-income families who need utility assistance.

Hard Bargain Mt. Hope Redevelopment, Inc.

To provide repairs on the homes of 18 low-income and elderly residents in the Hard Bargain neighborhood.

Harpeth River Watershed Association

To produce interactive watershed education materials and a citizen action field guide to train 700 students in conservation engagement.

Haven of Hope

To provide enhanced domestic violence and sexual assault victim services in underserved rural counties

Healing Arts Project, Inc.

To provide instruction in visual art and writing to 86 persons in mental health and addiction recovery

Helping Hands of Putnam County

To provide utility assistance to low income families and families experiencing a crisis in Putnam County.

Hickman Humane Society

To provide spay/neuter services for 125 dogs and 50 cats owned by County citizens with limited financial means.  

High Hopes, Inc.

To provide much needed curricular and development assessment materials to 100+ preschool students with and without special needs, ages 1-6. 

Historic Lebanon Tomorrow Inc.

To revitalize Lebanon's historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhoods: using historic preservation for positive economic impact.

Homework Hotline

Call It Reading, an initiative of Homework Hotline, will teach 70 second, third or fourth graders to read.

Hospice of the Highland Rim

Provide emergency grants for hospice patients for assistance not covered by their hospice provider, Medicare or private insurance.

Hospital Hospitality House

To provide a home away from home for families and patients receiving medical care at Nashville hospitals.

HUGGS Inspirational For Men and Women

To provide alcohol and drug treatment to those in early stages of chemical dependency.  

Humane Society of Lincoln County

To spay/neuter shelter animals to make them more adoptable and to offer spay/neuter discounts to financially challenged pet owners.

Humane Society of Putnam County

Spay or neuter 200 pets belonging to low income families in the Upper Cumberland.

Humanities Tennessee

To provide more than 3,000 Middle Tennessee public school students with a program that encourages and supports reading and literacy.

Insight Counseling Centers/Pastoral Counseling Centers of TN

To provide art and play therapy for 25 elementary school students of refugee families. 

Interfaith Dental Clinic

To provide compassionate, emergency dental care for 200 of the clinic's 2,000 low-income, uninsured patients, preventing an emergency room visit.


To present a concert in collaboration with Nashville in Harmony featuring two cutting edge works at Nashville State Community College.

James K. Polk Memorial Association

The James K. Polk Memorial Association seeks to provide history education through participatory activities to a growing, diverse audience.

Jesse C. Beesley Animal Humane Foundation

To provide care and kindness to animals through affordable spay/neuter services and education about responsible pet ownership.

Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Operating support for adoption home studies, coordinating placement and post-placement services for the GLBTQ community.

Jobs For Tennessee Graduates, Inc.

To provide job readiness training classes for 30 at risk high school seniors at Creek Wood High School in Dickson.

Jonah's Journey

To provide training to better equip caregivers as they prepare for the unique needs of caring for a foster child.

Kid's Place Child Advocacy Center

Kid's Place provides free services to child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. 

King's Daughters Day Home

To prepare 86 at-risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children for school and beyond.

Kymari House, Inc.

To provide court-ordered supervised visitation services for 100 children separated from their parents due to abuse, neglect or family conflict. 

League of Women Voters of TN Education Fund

To use original ballet to inspire students with the story of how Tennessee gave American women the right to vote.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands

To provide free civil legal services and education to seniors for health care, long term planning, and other issues.

Lincoln County Department of Education

Middle and high school students will collaborate with the local newspaper to create and sustain an on-line district-wide news website.

Loaves & Fishes

To provide a nutritious noon meal six days a week to the working poor and indigent and distribution.

Luke 14:12

To provide 11,795 hot, nutritional, dinner-style meals to Nashville's hungry, homeless and working poor. 

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Mid-South Chapter

To provide direct intervention to 20 female lupus patients toward development of psychosocial self-care strategies.

Lutheran Services in Tennessee, Inc.

To provide a community arts program to 70 at-risk youth living in poverty during school breaks and after school workshops.

Macon County Arts Council

To provide one outdoor mural, done by Macon County students and a local artist, for a designated Lafayette building.

Macon Spay Neuter Assistance

Provide convenient, affordable spay/neuter for 100 dogs, 250 cats including 50 ferals within Macon County Tennessee.

Main Street McMinnville

To provide a performing arts conservatory for elementary and middle school children in Warren County.

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

To help grant Matthew's wish to go to the Super Bowl.

Manchester City Schools

To provide Manchester City Schools classroom teachers with resources to comply with the new  Public Chapter 669 physical activity law.

Manna Cafe Ministries

To provide nutritious meals through a mobile meals program for low-income and homeless Clarksville residents.

Martha O'Bryan Center

To provide comprehensive persistence coaching, mentorship, and wrap-around service referrals to 200 underserved, first-generation college students throughout their post-secondary careers.

Maury County Senior Citizens, Inc.

To expand the Maury County Senior Center's Fitness and Wellness Program to include arthritis exercise and dance classes.

Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation

To bridge the gap for at-risk women battling breast cancer by providing the support and resources needed during treatment.

Meharry Medical College

To provide free, high quality healthcare to the underserved of Nashville and train the next generation of healthcare providers.

Men of Valor

To expand its educational and training services to include 200 men incarcerated in Middle Tennessee CCA and TDOC prisons

Mending Hearts

To provide medications to stabilize 150 women in our Treatment and Transitional Living programs and bus passes for work.

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

Providing mental health education to 100 recently settled refugee and immigrant women in Davidson County, Tennessee. 

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency Nashville

Provide direct support to 150 juvenile and adult offenders ages 16-24 enabling them to overcome barriers to education and employment.

Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance, Inc.

To provide four free concerts presented by world renowned classical guitarists at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in 2017.

Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic Inc

To offer low income families assistance for spaying and neutering their pets.

Miriam's Promise

To provide support and therapeutic services to 70-75 incarcerated, pregnant, and parenting women through psycho-social education groups and counseling.

Monroe Harding, Inc.

To provide academic tutoring services to children, youth and young adults in, or transitioning out of, foster care.

Morning Star Sanctuary

To provide emergency funds for victims of domestic violence needing bus passes, cab fares, prescriptions drugs, dental work, eyeglasses, etc.

Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Co. Senior Citizens Service Ctr.

To offer an indoor gardening option for seniors to grow their own produce/food through the use of garden towers.

Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra/Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra

To educate students in the art of symphonic music through school visits and free concerts with professional musicians.

Music City Strings

To inspire members of middle Tennessee underserved communities by providing free music concerts featuring Music City Strings youth performers.

Music City Youth Orchestra Inc.

To provide student musicians with music education, instruction and master classes to supplement music programs in classrooms across multiple counties.

Music for Seniors

To provide free group music performance instruction in ukulele, choral ensemble singing and percussive arts for approximately 100 older adults.

MusiCares Foundation South Region

To provide financial assistance to over 800 low-income Nashville residents whose primary profession is music making.

NAMI Davidson County

To present mental health stigma-busting programs to 60 additional employees in the workplace, promoting understanding and safe avenues of support.

Nashville Ballet

Free, interactive performances that engage and educate our diverse community in schools and community centers throughout the region.

Nashville CARES

Provide food to impoverished people living with HIV/AIDS who have been identified as having critical need for additional nutritional assistance.

Nashville Children's Alliance

This request is for Electronic therapy medical records and training  for our program staff. 

Nashville Children's Theatre

To support artistic salaries for "And In This Corner: Cassius Clay" at Nashville Children's Theatre in February 2017

Nashville Diaper Connection

The "No Child Wet Behind" provides baby diapers to moms that otherwise might not have them.

Nashville Dolphins

To provide learn to swim classes for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities at no cost to participants. 

Nashville Humane Association

This program will assist in controlling pet overpopulation through increasing our low-coast spay/neuter and trap-neuter-release programs targeting feral cats.

Nashville in Harmony

To provide an invitational master-class series in vocal technique, elevating the performance level of NiH and the greater choral community.

Nashville International Center For Empowerment

Impart knowledge through Culture Exchange workshops promoting a culturally responsive classroom to 200 Metro Nashville Public School educators.

Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation

To conduct a study of the real and potential negative economic impact of anti-LGBT laws and policies on Nashville.

Nashville Opera Association

To bring our children's opera ON TOUR to 25,000+ schoolchildren throughout Middle Tennessee, many of whom are from underserved communities. 

Nashville Public Radio

Support local musicians and arts organizations through Classical 91.1FM's broadcasts of "Live in Studio C", Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera.

Nashville Public Television Council Inc.

To fund production expenses related to "NPT Reports: Aging Matters," focusing on issues affecting seniors and our community.

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Hire local artists with expertise in specific elements of production and acquire supplemental funding for marketing a special season finale. 

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Provide affordable or free public and school performances of ROMEO AND JULIET; provide preparatory in-school workshops for students

Nashville Symphony Association

To provide free, high-quality instrument instruction and music education experiences to 4,100 students in Nashville.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

To develop and implement spring and fall break camps and provide scholarships so financial hardship does not prevent camp attendance.

National Museum of African American Music

To connect 1,000 underprivileged youth attending Nashville Public Schools with professional African American musician artists to learn, perform and engage. 

Nations Ministry Center

To provide job training and coaching to 75 refugees and help their families become generationally self-sufficient.  

NeedLink Nashville

To provide emergency rent or utility assistance to 30 Nashville-area MNPS or K-12 school employees.

New Leash on Life/Humane Assn of Wilson Co.

To provide spay/neuter assistance to cats and dogs of owners in need of assistance and free roaming cats when possible

North Coffee Elementary

To provide weekend meals to students living in poverty.

Notes for Notes

To provide after school music recording studios, free to youth so that they may explore, create, and record music.


To support arts organizations and encourage audience engagement by providing the community a comprehensive guide to arts and entertainment events.

Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee

To prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through nurse in-home visits.  

Oasis Center Inc.

To provide comprehensive support (group empowerment meetings, counseling, advocacy, and beyond) to improve the lives and conditions for LGBTQ youth.

Operation Stand Down Tennessee

To address the lack of reliable  transportation which limit job, medical and housing opportunities for veterans.

Organized Neighbors of Edgehill

To provide computer and internet skills to our youth council so they can teach other residents, including children and seniors. 

Park Center

To provide art therapy for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. 

Partners for Healing

A medical supplies program to help treat more patients, replace medical instruments and improve efficiency for every patient encounter.

PAULS Clinic Inc. 

To sterilize 200 pets that reside in low-income households.

PAWS of Dale Hollow

To provide spay/neuter assistance to low income residents' companion animals in our community.

Pegram Elementary School

To provide an educational and enriching art experience for elementary students with limited resources in our community.

PENCIL Foundation

To connect Nashville businesses as Academy PENCIL Partners who provide advanced resources and real-life experiences for MNPS high school students.

Pet Community Center

To provide veterinary care to pets that are at-risk of being surrendered to a shelter.  

Plenty International/Kids to the Country

To provide counselor training and leadership development to 10 Nashville youth who were child participants in Kids To The Country.

Ponder Anew 

Through performances, discussions, workshops, residencies-provide a healing catalyst for veterans and inspire universal understanding of war's individual and cultural effects.

Preschool for Children with Autism at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

To establish functional communication systems for 14 children in the Preschool for Children with Autism, ages 18mo. - 5yrs.

Preserve Lindsley Avenue Now, Inc.

To restore the front entrance of the historic Lindsley Avenue Church making the building as welcoming as in 1894.

Preston Taylor Ministries

To provide quality reading instruction for 20 low-income students (K-4th grade) for 7 weeks during the summer months.

Progress Inc.

To provide 1266 hours of senior care services for low-income, elderly women. 

Project for Neighborhood Aftercare

To provide 190 low-income students STEM-based activities designed to improve literacy, math, and science skills.

Project Return, Inc.

To provide job readiness, education and support to inmates of the Corrections Corporation of America-managed Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility.

Prospect Inc.

To provide Job Skills Training and Supported Employment for ten adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

To provide spay/neuter services to 76 pets in the Middle Tennessee area.

Putnam County Senior Citizens

To provide a healthy breakfast choice as lunch is the only meal some seniors citizens get, provided at our center.

Read To Succeed

To provide literacy events for children and adults to encourage reading and improve all types of literacy skills.

Rebuilding Together Nashville

To provide critical repairs that create safe and healthy homes for impoverished homeowners at no cost to them.

Refuge Center for Counseling

To provide affordable counseling services to female victims of sexual abuse/trauma, including both individual and Wounded Hearts group counseling sessions.

Rejoice Ministries

Rejoice Ballet empowers youth by training, nurturing and celebrating dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic, cultural and developmental backgrounds.

Renewal House

To provide trauma-informed, gender-specific intensive outpatient addiction treatment for 70 low-income women, including specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Rest Stop Ministries, Inc.

To provide long-term residential care and comprehensive restoration services for adult female survivors of sex trafficking in TN.

Retrieving Independence, Inc.

Retrieving Independence, a non-profit organization that breeds, trains, and places service dogs, was founded in July 2012. 

Richland Creek Watershed Alliance

Restore biodiversity and resilience to the Richland Creek riparian habitats located next to the McCabe Park Golf Course.

Robert E. Lee Elementary School

Allow students the opportunity to attend BizTown and provide  school supplies/clothing for students in need.

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee

To provide free counseling services to under-served teens as well as related pertinent training and professional development for Rocketown staff. 

Rooftop Foundation

To provide one-time emergency rental/mortgage assistance to low income families/individuals in Davidson County on the brink of losing their housing.

Roxy Productions, Inc.

To support artistic salaries for "Seussical the Musical" at the Roxy Regional Theatre in March/April 2017.

Safe Haven Family Shelter

To provide academic, social-emotional, and behavioral supports to children experiencing homelessness to reduce negative impact of lack of stable housing.

Salama Urban Ministries, Inc.

To provide daily, year-round academic support with a literacy/Math emphasis for up to 100 under-served youth, primarily K-8th grade.

Salvation Army Nashville Area Command

Pathway of Hope is a program designed to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in families and individuals.

Salvus Center, Inc.

To continue to expand the hours and increase the number of cleanings and tooth extractions in our Dental Clinic

Second Harvest Food Bank

To support food, children's nutrition lessons and healthy eating at 11 Davidson County Kids Cafe sites.

Sexual Assault Center

To provide specialized therapy and support to a minimum of 30 low-income girls and women who have been sexually assaulted.

Siloam Family Health Center

To provide mental health screenings, counseling and referrals for 450 newly arriving refugees.

Smith County Help Center

 Improving the nutritional value by the increase of our food boxes per family members.

Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank

To provide healthier food supports and critically needed dairy and protein to 1850 low-income children and families in Rutherford County. 

Society of Saint Andrew, Inc.

To rescue food from going to waste at farmers markets and use it to feed hungry people.

Southeast Community Capital Corp/Pathway

Through "Business Transformation" and  entrepreneurship provide education and financial stability to low-income and African American women business owners.

Southern Alliance For Animal Welfare

To provide spay/neuter surgery for 250 dogs and cats belonging to low income and senior citizen pet owners.

Southern Alliance for People & Animal Welfare (SAFPAW)

SAFPAW seeks to continue providing free spay/neuter services & transportation to homeless pet owners & those living below poverty level. 

Southern Word, Inc.

To provide Middle Tennessee public school students with writing and music after-school workshops and events, tying academics to extracurricular activities.

Spay Neuter Incentive Program - Overton County (SNIP-OC)

SNIP-OC's activities are limited to spay/neuter of pets of senior citizens, unemployed and low income residents of Overton County

Special Kids

To provide job and life skills training for young adults with special needs through Special Kids' Camp Ability.

Sports 4 All Foundation

To provide adaptive exercise and nutrition education classes for people with disabilities. 

Sportsmen and Professional Men of Coffee County, Inc.

To provide emergency assistance for food, clothing, hygiene, school supplies and financial help to Coffee County Students in a crisis.

St. Luke's Community House

To provide the food for hot, nutritious meals every weekday to 85 low-income elderly or disabled West Nashville community members.

Sumner County CASA

To recruit, train, and support community volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children of Sumner County.

Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance

To provide 250 free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to cats and dogs belonging to residents of Portland, Bethpage and Westmoreland.

Sumner Teen Center

To teach 25+ teen boys and girls aged 13-18 how to cook healthy meals for themselves.

Teach for America, Inc.

Empowering Nashville children in grades 1st - 12th through a high-quality summer learning experience.

Tennessee Cancer Consortium

Just Ask is a program that educates cosmetologists to deliver healthcare messages to their female clientele specific to women's cancers.

Tennessee Children's Home

Equip Program will provide 32 at-risk youth on a daily basis with educational, behavioral therapy, and substance abuse counseling. 

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

To provide emergency financial assistance of up to $240 to 40 victims of domestic and sexual violence in middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Craft

to support and expand FREE community festival with artists and hands-on craftmaking, creating next generation of craft artists and collectors. 

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund Inc

To provide intensive English as Second Language (ESL) instruction to adult refugees upon their arrival to Nashville, TN.

Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, Inc.

To provide two Nashville State Community College online  courses for 20-25 incarcerated men at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.

Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Inc.

To develop and expand innovative experiential training for police and law enforcement officials by examining lessons from the Holocaust. 

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition

To assist 3,500 immigrants statewide (specifically females in crisis), and educate 1,000 domestic workers about workplace safety and rights.

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

To provide coordinated immigration and family legal services for immigrant children seeking to be reunited with their families in Tennessee. 

Tennessee Kidney Foundation

To provide AccessRide tickets to 33 low-income dialysis patients who make three trips weekly for lifesaving treatment.

Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc.

To provide vision screenings for children and identify potential problems for treatment prior to their beginning school.

Tennessee Respite Coalition

To give 10 family caregivers in Dickson County respite time and

educate 20 caregivers and community members about respite.

Tennessee Trucking Foundation

To advance highway safety and help older drivers understand the impact that aging can have on their safe driving skills.

Tennessee Voices for Victims

To provide 24 of 36 class presentations in Sumner County's 9th grade Health and Wellness blocks on Sexting and Cyberbullying.

Tennessee Wildlife Federation

To provide a minimum of 80,000 pounds of organic venison to food relief agencies in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Women's Theater Project

To support our 11th annual Women's Work Festival and celebration of performing and visual arts.

The Branch of Nashville

To provide immigrants & refugees in the Southeast Nashville area consistent, high-quality English instruction, enhancing employment opportunities and community engagement

The Brown Center for Autism

To provide professional counseling services to up to 32 parents with a child(ren) impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park

To fund Middle Tennessee artists performing at The Conservancy's Musicians Corner program in Centennial Park. 

The Family Center/Exchange Club Family Center

Increase skills and knowledge to lower the risk of committing child abuse/neglect through weekly classes for 64 soon-to-be-released incarcerated parents.

The Help Center

The Help Center provides employment, counseling, education and supportive services to make and female offenders, ex-offenders and low income individuals.

The Mary Lynn Foundation

To continue grow awareness of our organization in the counties we now serve so we an serve more people.

The Mary Parrish Center

To help defray the costs of healthcare, transportation, food, and other essential emergency needs for our residents.

The Nashville Food Project, Inc.

Bringing people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in Nashville.

The Neighborhoods Resource Center

To provide residents and neighborhood organizations with the knowledge and skills needed to help their neighborhoods succeed!

The New Beginnings Center

To provide 100 low-income women with 7200 hours of wellness coaching that  improves physical fitness, health and quality of life.

The Next Door

To provide a continuum of evidence based service for women impacted by addiction, mental illness, and/or incarceration with compassionate care.

The Porch Writers' Collective

To provide teaching artists for twelve free creative writing workshops in a variety of genres to Nashville's teens.

The Sports Fund

To invest in nonprofits using a sports hook to encourage youth to join a team rather than a gang.

The Well Outreach, Inc.

To provide supplemental meals for 500 children/youth during the scheduled academic breaks to provide coverage throughout the 2016-2017 school year

Thistle Farms, Inc.

To provide support for incarcerated women survivors healing from abuse, violence, prostitution, trafficking, addiction and homelessness in Davidson County.

Time to Rise Inc.

To enhance the life chances of at-risk youth through academic support and cultural enrichment.

Town of White Bluff

Install professional sound and lighting equipment in the soon-to-be-constructed White Bluff Amphitheater to promote performance art and cultural enrichment programs.

Tullahoma City Schools

To provide classroom teachers with resources to comply with the new Public Chapter 669 Physical Activity Law.

Tullahoma Day Care Center

To provide a safe attractive playground for 32 disadvantaged pre-school children at the Tullahoma Day Care Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Tullahoma South Jackson Civic Association

To provide theater arts education to 100+ children and teens through summer camp, stage shows, and theater workshops.

Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Provide engagement and enrichment to students as an alternative to In School Suspension in MNPS Middle and High School students. 

United Way of Williamson County

 To help at risk students improve their reading and math skills.

Urban Housing Solutions

To provide formerly homeless residents a basket of basic home essentials as they begin their new life in our housing.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

We will pilot a cost-effective, easily replicable motivation-based behavior modification workshop to support healthy behaviors for 60 older adults.

Volunteers of America

To provide elderly individuals who have developmental disabilities twenty-four hour care through a supported housing program.

VSA Arts Tennessee

To work with 120 young people with and without disabilities to create a piece of public art.

W.O. Smith Community Music School, Inc.

To provide an all-inclusive music camp experience to seventy W.O. Smith students during June 2017.

Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue, Inc.

to spay/neuter 1000 community-owned cats/dogs for low-income families which will eventually result in "No More Homeless Pets"

Walden's Puddle

To provide care/treatment to Tennessee wildlife in need, with the goal of returning the rehabilitated animals to the wild.

Water City USA/Nashville Clean Water Project

The Southeast's first technology-based "STORM DRAIN ADOPTION" program mitigates pollution and educates children while delivering greener communities via stormwater infrastructure.


To provide job skills training and job placement to adults with disabilities in 12 Tennessee counties.

West Middle School

West Middle School propose to offer a program which will help provide for student's basic physical needs.

Westminster Home Connection

Building home repair capacity in Hickman County. Includes organizing local leadership to address safe and functional housing needs for seniors.

White County Humane Society Inc

To provide financial assistance to 200 pet owners who could otherwise not afford to have their pets spayed or neutered.

Williamson Co CASA, Inc.

To provide a trained advocate for 100% of abused or neglected children ages 0-5 involved in the juvenile court

Williamson Co Literacy Council

Teach non-English speaking Hispanic adults how to write, speak and understand English. 

Williamson County Library Foundation

Increase the variety of materials available for teens so they see the teen room as safe, welcoming, and feel ownership.

Williamson County Youth Orchestra

Music professionals will conduct technical skills class for each smaller instrument section of junior and senior orchestras.

Wilson County Black History Committee

To secure, preserve, restore, and functionally adapt our circa 1827 Pickett Chapel into a black history, arts, and cultural venue.

Women Are Safe, Inc.

To provide court advocacy and meet other immediate needs of the victims of domestic violence in rural Middle Tennessee.

World Hunger Team, Inc.

Build a hydroponics greenhouse using a surplus shipping container to grow food in a food desert in Nashville.

World Relief Nashville

To equip college-educated new Americans with the skills and connections needed to obtain employment consistent with their professional background. 

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

The Black Achievers program boosts academic achievement, college access and career exploration for youth of color and underserved youth. 

You Can Make It Home Ownership Center Inc

To provide comprehensive homeownership education to 220 low income households preparing them for sustainable, long-term homeownership. 

You Have the Power...Know How to Use It, Inc.

This request will support existing prevention programs on child sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, and human trafficking, while expanding

Youth Encouragement Services

To partially fund our After School and Summer Programs for 20 at risk youth from two inner city communities.

Youth Villages Inc.

To provide critical needs and services for 20-25 youth aging out of foster care participating in Youth Villages' YVLifeSet program.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

To provide safety, housing, and case management to promote healing and self-sufficiency in 400 victims of domestic violence.

Ziggy's Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

To provide care for Tennessee's orphaned and injured native wildlife with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat.