The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), 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.
The grants will benefit nonprofits in 32 area counties: 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 top awards categories were: Human Services (Children & Youth/Women & Men/Seniors/Emergency Needs) (24 percent of the grants), Arts and Humanities (17 percent), Education (15 percent), and Animal Welfare (12 percent).
“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 the impact we do without the many 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, and the work of dedicated and talented nonprofits, we are able to fund solutions that address Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities.”
Grant recipients in Franklin County include:
Franklin Co. Humane Society, dba Animal Harbor: To provide routine and specialty medical care (as needed) to 300 abandoned companion animals and place them in new homes.
Franklin Co. School District: To create a collection of musical instruments that will be included in and described as a “Musical Petting Zoo.”
Good Samaritan Ministries of Franklin Co., Inc.: Our primary mission is to provide food boxes for the disadvantaged individuals and families living in Franklin County.
Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: To provide care for Tennessee’s orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife with the goal of returning them to their natural habitats.
The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds to Middle Tennessee nonprofits. Grants are awarded through an open application process for organizations addressing community needs 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, go to www.CFMT.org. And to learn about more than 1,800 of Middle Tennessee’s nonprofits and the wonderful work they do, go to the CFMT initiative GivingMatters.com.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 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, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable endeavors. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.