CFMT grants boost nonprofit agencies in area

Friday, December 31, 2021, Vol. 45, No. 53

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Middle Tennessee and beyond, announces $2,664,888 in grants to 439 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2021 annual grantmaking process.

In last week’s edition, the Ledger published the grant recipients from A to N. Here is the rest of the list.

For more information on the grant process and for a complete list of 2021 grant recipients, go to

Recipients, N-Z:

• Nashville Adult Literacy Council: To teach reading, writing and English-speaking skills to adults in Nashville.

• Nashville Ballet: To provide anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion training to Nashville Ballet’s administrative staff, dancers, and board of directors.

• Nashville Cat Rescue: To spay or neuter 1,200 cats so that they may be put up for adoption.

• Nashville Children’s Alliance Inc.: To reduce the trauma of child abuse by facilitating a multidisciplinary team to detect, investigate, prosecute and treat child abuse.

• Nashville Civic Design Center: To increase public health, connectivity and safety through community engagement, education and activation in creating successful public spaces throughout Nashville.

• Nashville Coaching Coalition: The Coaches’ Leadership Academy equips coaches and educators to be better mentors/leaders and improve the mental/emotional health of children.

• Nashville Conflict Resolution Center: To support free, restorative and trauma-informed mediation services to stabilize Middle Tennesseans by preventing eviction and insolvency.

• Nashville Diaper Connection: The “No Child Wet Behind” program provides baby diapers to moms that otherwise might not have them.

• Nashville Film Festival: To pair 15 underserved young women with entertainment professionals to write, record, and film an original song and music video.

• Nashville General Hospital Foundation: To provide comprehensive, easy-to-understand, diabetic education to Nashville General Hospital patients who are at high risk for diabetic related complications.

• Nashville Humane Association: We want to meet a community need that includes access to basic veterinary care (Vaccines, Rabies, Microchips).

• Nashville In Harmony: Funds support building community and promoting social change through music for our LGBTQ+ youth chorus, Major Minors.

• Nashville Jazz Workshop: Jazz AM will provide 11 immersive and interactive jazz performances free of charge for families with children ages 2-10.

• Nashville Launch Pad: We provide LGBTQ-affirming emergency shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness.

• Nashville Opera Association: To support a continuing partnership between Nashville Opera and Tennessee State University that expands career pathways for Black artists.

• Nashville Public Education Foundation: NPEF will fund College Access Champions Fellowship for teachers to serve as college access advocates within their spheres of influence.

• Nashville Public Library Foundation: Nashville Public Library’s STUDIO NPL is a workforce development program for teens emphasizing hands-on, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).

• Nashville Public Radio: To launch a vital daily independent local news program reflecting the voices of all across Middle Tennessee.

• Nashville Public Television: “Aging Matters” will focus on the major issues facing older adults with two documentaries: “LGBTQI Aging” and “Women and Aging.”

Nashville Repertory Theatre, Inc.: Provide professional theater arts education for youth ages 7-23 through youth impact programs in schools and throughout the community.

• Nashville Shakespeare Festival: Provide affordable or free public and school performances of RICHARD III, with preparatory in-school student workshops and free online guidebook.

• Nashville Steam Preservation Society: Preservation and rehabilitation of NC&StL steam locomotive No. 576’s frame by media blasting and repainting.

• Nashville Symphony Association: To provide free, high-quality instrument instruction and music education experiences to 7,000 students in Nashville.

• Nashville Teacher Residency: To provide high-quality coursework on culturally sustaining methods of instruction for diverse individuals who will become licensed teachers.

• Nashville Tools for Schools: To provide custom-made classroom furnishings at a deep discount to retail price for MNPS schools.

• Nashville Tree Foundation: North Nashville Community Engagement and Tree Maintenance Fellowship and Internship Program.

• National Museum of African American Music: To connect up to 1,500 Nashville youth and about 350 seniors with professional musician teaching artists to learn, perform and engage.

• Nations Ministry Center: To provide citizenship support services for 100 immigrants applying for US citizenship.

• Native American Indian Association of Tennessee: To provide emergency housing, utility, food, and health care assistance to impoverished Native American citizens of Tennessee.

• NeedLink Nashville: To provide emergency financial assistance for low-income single-parent households with young children, preventing eviction and homelessness.

• Neighbor 2 Neighbor: To provide neighborhood leadership development training for 1,000 residents across Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

• Neighborhood Health: To create a food pharmacy at our Downtown clinic, to provide portable, shelf-stable and nutritious food to persons experiencing homelessness.

New Horizons Corporation: Educational equipment for clients with intellectual and physical disabilities to use as a learning tool in New Horizons Day Center.

• New Level CDC: To provide housing counseling to more than 200 families seeking to find stable homes and homeownership in Nashville.

• Notes for Notes, Inc.: To provide music and social emotional education to youth so music may become a profoundly positive influence in their lives.

• Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee: To prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through home visitation by registered nurses.

• Nurture the Next: to provide evidence-based home visiting and best practice parent coaching to vulnerable Davidson County families.

Oasis Center, Inc.: To provide a spectrum of in-person and virtual programming, including clinical mental health services, for LGBTQ+ youth.

• Old School Farm: To employ adults with disabilities in a supportive environment and provide families in need with nutritious, farm-fresh produce.

• Open Table Nashville: To provide outreach services and supplies to approximately 4,500 people experiencing homelessness.

• Operation Stand Down Tennessee: To provide career services and transition assistance to Veterans, empowering and equipping them to gain and sustain purposeful employment.

• Our Place Nashville: To recruit 40 older adults to live as companions with our residents with developmental disabilities in eight new Friendship Houses.

• OZ Arts: To engage diverse Nashville artists in creating adventurous contemporary performances, premiered in a two-week festival attended by 1,000 patrons.

• Palmer Home Family Care: To provide personal and baby essentials for 20 mothers reentering the community after prison release and/or reunifying with their child.

Park Center, Inc.: Provide biweekly art therapy sessions for 30 persons to move forward from mental illness, trauma, homelessness and/or addiction.

• Pass The Beauty: To provide needed services and support for 50 women who have experienced domestic abuse, violence, poverty and lack positive resources.

• PENCIL: To use PENCIL Connect to provide engaging career exploration and student-adult mentorship opportunities to MNPS high school youth.

• People Loving Nashville: Providing life-saving medicine to prevent drug overdose within Davidson Country’s most vulnerable, unhoused community.

• Pet Community Center: The Community Cat Program will trap-neuter-return (TNR) 2,000 community cats in Davidson County.

• Priest Lake Community Baptist Church: To provide life skills recreation for community children ages 3 to 12 in a small safe environment during the summer.

Project Return, Inc.: To support the successful new beginnings of people returning from incarceration by providing employment opportunities and wraparound services.

• Project Transformation Tennessee: To provide an eight-week summer literacy program for more than 200 children in under-resourced neighborhoods across Middle Tennessee.

• Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue: To provide medication and vaccines for rescued dogs and cats before adoption.

• Rebuilding Together Nashville: To support home repairs and wraparound services for low-income homeowners in the Bordeaux area of Nashville.

• Rejoice School of Ballet: Rejoice Ballet mentors dancers from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds through classical ballet instruction and positive youth development programs.

Renewal House, Inc.: To provide gender-specific intensive outpatient addiction treatment for 60 women of low income, including specialized pregnant and postpartum women’s programming.

• Restore Small Groups: To improve community health by providing high-quality, low-cost, peer to peer support groups focused on holistic well-being for 50 people.

• Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, Inc.: To provide mentoring to marginalized teens from low-income communities, helping them to find peace/purpose away from the influence of gangs/drugs.

• Safe Haven Family Shelter: To provide academic and social-emotional supports to children experiencing homelessness, reducing the negative impact of housing instability.

• Salama Urban Ministries: To improve each child’s life trajectory through academic enrichment, the performing arts and character development.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee: To provide equitable access to nutritious food for food-insecure children.

• Senior Ride Nashville: To provide 2,800 trips via contract drivers for non-driving seniors, ensuring access to essential services regardless of volunteer availability.

• Sexual Assault Center: To provide specialized therapy, advocacy and support to 30 low-income girls and women who have been sexually assaulted.

• Shower The People: To provide 250 mobile showers and loads of laundry to individuals living on the streets/in encampments throughout Davidson County.

• Siloam Health: To provide 83 culturally-sensitive, affordable, medical visits to refugees in Middle Tennessee who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

• Small World Yoga: Small World Yoga will bring trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to populations who are disadvantaged and systematically oppressed in Middle Tennessee.

• Society of St. Andrew: To glean excess good food and share it with hungry Tennessee neighbors.

• Soles4Souls: To provide a new pair of athletic shoes to 500 children experiencing homelessness in Middle Tennessee

• Southeast Community Capital dba Pathway Lending: Provide classes to 400+ entrepreneurs to help strengthen and expand businesses, 24 businesses will receive access to capital.

• Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare: To provide lifesaving spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming & other wellness services to pet owners struggling with poverty, housed or homeless.

Southern Word Inc.: To reach 860 youth participants out of school through virtual and in-person writing and music workshops.

• Special Olympics Tennessee: Young Athletes is an early childhood program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old.

• St. Luke’s Community House: To deliver 18,000 healthy meals to 80 seniors living in our community over a 12-month period.

• Starlings Nashville: The guiding concept of providing leadership opportunities for girls ages 10-18 regardless of their socioeconomic background.

• STEM Preparatory Academy: Our mental health counseling program is designed to raise student achievement by addressing mental health barriers to learning and development.

• Street Theatre Company: To provide free or low-cost youth theater programming to the underserved through our Class Act Dramatics Program.

• Strick’s Gift: To efficiently provide infant clothing to 600 babies born into poverty in Nashville in partnership with local hospital social workers.

Stronger Than My Father, Inc.: Provide supplemental reading instruction to help restore lost skills during virtual learning for 100 children enrolled in our afterschool program.

• Survivor Fitness Foundation: To provide 175 rehabilitation sessions to low-income and minority cancer survivors, addressing adverse side effects of their cancer diagnosis and treatments.

• Teach for America: To deliver a summer educational experience that provides quality educational learning hours for both MNPS students and TFA corps members.

• Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation: Our project will target arts teachers in rural areas that lack resources and awareness of TAA’s continuing education programs.

• Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition: Our program provides individual financial relief to breast cancer patients struggling with medical debt in the state of Tennessee.

• Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence: Funds will assist with providing legal services/referrals to wrap around services for 15 immigrant sexual assault and trafficking survivors.

• Tennessee Craft: To provide free handcrafted arts activities serving over 2,000 children/families at our spring and fall Tennessee Craft Fairs’ Kids’ Tent, Nashville.

• Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance: To provide leadership development for 18 teachers (nine Middle TN) from diverse backgrounds to address systemic inequities impacting vulnerable students.

• Tennessee Environmental Council: To engage over 20,000 volunteers in planting 100,000 native tree seedlings across Tennessee, half of these in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund, Inc.: To provide free English Language Training to Tennessee’s immigrant and refugee community through the ESL to Go program.

• Tennessee Higher Education Initiative: Serving our community through student success and reentry services for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.

• Tennessee Historical Society: Tennessee History Day provides the opportunity for students and educators to participate in project-based learning in the humanities.

• Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition: TIRRC’s citizenship program provides affordable assistance to eligible low-income immigrants with completing their naturalization applications to become U.S. citizens.

• Tennessee Innocence Project: To support wrongful conviction litigation for indigent Middle Tennesseans – ensuring justice for all means all.

• Tennessee Justice for Our neighbors: TNJFON provides humanitarian immigration legal services to survivors of violence, persecution, and poverty and informs the public about immigration matters.

• Tennessee Kidney Foundation: To provide transportation to lifesaving dialysis treatments for 11 low-income, older adults with no other means to access medical care.

Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc.: Our goal is to provide free vision screenings and follow-up to children (12-72 months) in the middle Tennessee area.

• Tennessee Performing Arts Center: To bring professional artist residencies to pre-K classrooms: 30-minute sessions offered 2x/week for 6-7 weeks.

• Tennessee Poison Center: To educate parents and health care professionals about self-medicating practices in children and adolescents to prevent medication errors and poisonings.

• Tennessee Voices for Victims: To distribute 29 copies of “Acquaintance Rape: The Untold Truth” to Middle Tennessee middle and high schools.

Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc.: To provide training, technical assistance to MNPS as they implement youth court programs in middle and high schools this year.

• The Branch of Nashville: The Branch helps culturally diverse, under-resourced families work toward self-sufficiency through food support so everyone can thrive.

The Bridge Ministry, Inc: To bridge the gap and meet the needs of the homeless, under-resourced individuals, families and students experiencing food insecurity issues.

• The Build Up Foundation: To provide Free tutoring/ACT Prep for Metro Nashville students who have fell behind due to Covid19/virtual learning in at risk communities.

The Contributor, Inc.: To support success of homeless clients in our C.O.V.E.R. housing program through acquiring a SOAR and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

• The Educators’ Cooperative: To provide Professional Development for K-12 teachers on Antiracist Teaching, Learning and Leading practices for implementation in virtual and in-person classrooms.

• The F.I.N.D. Design: To build leaders that will inspire systematic change for 75 girls of color through healing circles, mentoring, engagement and education.

The Family Center, Inc.: To provide “Resources for Success” to encourage healthy parent/child interaction for 339 families, including books/games, translation/translator services and parent leadership opportunities.

• The Healing NET Foundation: To distribute 1,000 resource packets containing Healing NET’s neuroendocrine cancer (NET) specific publications to partner organizations; health care providers; patients and caregivers.

The HELP Center: To provide financial assistance to low-to-moderate families in need of emergency financial assistance.

The Nashville Food Project, Inc.: Through our Meals program, TNFP prepares and shares from-scratch, nutritious meals to share with our children and youth-serving community partners.

• The New Beginnings Center: To provide free and affordable personal training, nutritional education, and wellness tools to women with lower income levels across Davidson County.

• The Next Door: To provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for 60 women with opioid and alcohol use disorders.

• The Onsite Foundation: A virtual training and support group for Black mental health professionals.

• The Porch Writers’ Collective: “Immigrants Write” amplifies the literary voices of immigrants and refugees in Middle Tennessee by offering supportive/inclusive creative writing workshops.

• The Theater Bug: To engage 25 students in an original theater production addressing drug use, racism, and grief through the high school lens.

• Thistle Farms: To provide housing, and job training to women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

• TN State Parks Conservancy: To provide unique, immersive experiences in nature and increase literacy opportunities for inner-city and rural youth living in poverty.

• Travellers Rest Historic House Museum: Commissioning a Ground Penetrating Radar survey and accompanying report on the historic landscape, which is essential for long-term planning.

• Turnip Green Creative Reuse: To divert 500,000 lbs. of materials from Nashville’s landfill and redirect them to 20,000 reusers.

• United Way of Middle Tennessee, Inc. To provide children, birth to5, with age-appropriate books to build a strong foundation for literacy proficiency and academic success.

• UpRise Nashville: Post-graduation coaching for education and career development for UpRise Graduates who have launched careers and are emerging from financial poverty.

• Urban Green Lab: To grow a culture of environmental justice learning in Nashville so all of us can thrive.

• Vanderbilt University: Telling the Story of Nashville’s Fort Negley through Storymaps

• W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School: To provide a residential summer music camp for 60 W.O. Smith students.

• Walden’s Puddle: To provide care/treatment to Tennessee wildlife in need, with the goal of returning the rehabilitated animals back to the wild.

• Walk/Bike Nashville Inc: Our Ambassador program will identify, train and support residents along Murfreesboro to advocate for better transportation for their community.

• Water Walkers: To provide a life-changing, 12-month Leadership Training program for Edgehill neighborhood teens using work experiences and life skills workshops.

Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center: To cover the costs of toys and other learning materials to be used on our playground.

• Welcome Home Ministries: To provide supported employment services for 110 clients seeking recovery in Welcome Home Ministries’ alcohol and drug recovery support program.

• Westminster Home Connection: To develop a group to do neighbor-helping-neighbor construction work for older adults to age-in-place.

• YMCA of Middle Tennessee: To purchase and implement a national, data-driven curriculum to promote the social-emotional learning of youth in YMCA elementary school programs.

• You Have The Power...Know How to Use It, Inc.: To provide victim impact education to incarcerated women or transitioning from incarceration.

Young Leaders Council, Inc.: To replenish the Nashville volunteer leadership base and facilitate board training for young professionals seeking to make a lasting impact.

• Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities: To provide enriching experiences that help 525 youth build character and self-esteem through rigorous music education and frank conversation.

• Youth Villages: To provide critical needs and services for 20-25 youth aging out of foster care participating in Youth Villages’ LifeSet program.

• YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee: To provide emergency shelter and wrap-around supportive services to over 200 victims of domestic violence and 150 children.