Twenty-two Rutherford County organizations have received a 2019 grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to helping non-profit organizations in 40 counties.

Grant recipients in Rutherford County are:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County: Ultimate Journey is designed to cultivate environmental stewardship to help Club members appreciate and care for the place they live.
  • Center for the Arts Inc: Provides year-round performing arts programs and performance opportunities to youth in Rutherford County.
  • Community Helpers of Rutherford County: Provides emergency financial assistance for shelter, warmth and health to low income Rutherford County residents.
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring/Children’s Museum Corp of Rutherford County: To provide a two four-month-long Artist-in-Residence program for Tennessee artists and corresponding public programming for Discovery Center visitors
  • Domestic Violence Program, Inc.: Provide sexual assault forensic exams and free supportive services to assist adult victims of sexual assault find hope, healing, recovery.
  • Dominion Financial Management Inc.: To expand RealHelp Financial program by including financial education for all members of the family: adults, teens and children.
  • Doors of Hope: The addition of mental health service, including education, assessment and group therapy to the Rutherford County Community Re-Entry Program.
  • Mindful Care Adult Day Services: To promote mental and physical capabilities of 20 cognitively impaired older adults and prevent institutionalization; providing respite for caregivers.
  • Endure Athletics Foundation: To provided 30 homeless children and youth a fee-free after school program.
  • Ethos Youth Ensembles: To provide musically enriching opportunities for student musicians (grades 2-12), the community, and area schools through weekly instruction and concerts.
  • Greenhouse Ministries: To provide mobile food pantry events in Murfreesboro that deliver boxes of nutritious food to 250 families in need.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County: To provide exterior insulation for the construction of Habitat houses and reduce utility costs for low income families.
  • Jesse C Beesley Animal Humane Foundation: To promote care and kindness to animals through affordable spay/neuter services, preventative care, and education about responsible pet ownership.
  • Murfreesboro Muslim Youth Inc.: To engage youth in meeting the critical needs of approximately 1,150 homeless individuals and providing school supplies to disadvantaged students.
  • Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra: To educate students in the art of symphonic music through school visits and free concerts with professional musicians.
  • Possibility Place: Intensive job training program and Intensive reading program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Read To Succeed: To place books in the hands, hearts and minds of the youth of our community so they become good citizens.
  • Smyrna La Vergne Food Bank (Nourish): To provide a free food storage and distribution center supporting multiple feeding programs and a co-located hub of community services.
  • Special Kids: To provide life skills training for children ages 6-25 three times per week at Camp Ability 2020.
  • Stepping Stones Safe Haven Inc.: To provide a welcoming shelter for homeless women and children while walking our clients to the best next step.
  • The Journey Home: Providing meals, clothing, and support to the homeless; meeting basic needs to help families achieve stability and community integration.
  • You Can Make It Home Ownership Center Inc: To provide homebuyer education and counseling for 200 low- and moderate-income families seeking to buy their first home.

“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. 

The Community Foundation is awarding $2,397,870 in grants to 365 nonprofit this year. The top three awards categories were: Arts and Humanities (18 percent of the grants), Human Services-Children (15 percent) and Education (14 percent).

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