CFMT Awards Grants to Organizations in Coffee County

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 Coffee County include:

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.

CASA Works, Inc.: To train five volunteers using the revised National CASA approved curriculum to advocate for 20 youth.

Coffee Co. Children’s Advocacy Center: To provide trauma-focused therapy to children who have experienced severe abuse in Coffee County. 

Coffee Co. Humane Society: To assist low-income families with vet care expense when pet has severe illness or injury.

Coffee Co. School District Family Resource Center: To supply and help with basic needs for the students in our school district.

Deerfield Elementary Backpack Program: To provide food, coats, shoes, and school supplies for our Deerfield Students that are in need.

East Middle School: East Middle School’s purpose is to offer a program that will assist in meeting the needs of economically disadvantaged students.

Haven of Hope, Inc: To provide enhanced domestic and sexual violence victim services in undeserved rural counties through case management, counseling, and emergency assistance.

Imagination Library of Coffee Co.: To provide one high quality, age appropriate Imagination Library book each month to 700 children birth-5 in Coffee County.

Manchester City Schools: Manchester City Schools will offer 4th-8th grade students the opportunity to participate in archery education.

Partners for Healing: To provide care coordination services to patients that will connect them with local services to help improve their overall health.

Robert E Lee Elementary School: Allow students the opportunity to attend BizTown. 

Sportsmen and Professional Men of Coffee Co. Inc.: To provide basic services and items such as vision, dental, and healthcare, hygiene supplies, clothing, shoes and food for children.

Tullahoma City Schools: To equip schools with water refill stations encouraging a healthy drink choice, reducing plastic waste and the spreading of germs.

Tullahoma Day Care Center: To ready TDCC children for success in school by providing assessment tools, supplementing curriculum, with listening technology and individual workbooks.

Tullahoma South Jackson Civic Center: Four workshops provided for TEACH (Homeschool Program) as Arts Curriculum, including three in-house with professionals, one at a teaching theater in NYC.

West Middle School: To provide economically disadvantaged students with clothing and school supplies if they are unable to provide them for themselves.

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.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,947 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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