Twelve Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations received a total of $50,000 in grants from A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK.
The twelve Middle Tennessee organizations were recipients of local operating grants, which ranged from $2,500 to $10,000. Nationwide, 180 local operating grants ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 were awarded.
The merit-based grants were awarded to local serving organizations to support general operating expenses. The organizations had to demonstrate a local community building impact and to meet crowd-sourced fundraising goals. A weighted scorecard was used in decision making, which was determined by regional market committees.
A Community Thrives is part of the Gannett Foundation. Gannett is the parent company of The Tennessean and seven other daily newspapers in Tennessee.
Grants support community nationwide
A Community Thrives supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $12 million since 2017. Any 501(c)3 or municipal program was eligible to apply.
Over 900 nonprofits across 45 states and territories participated in 2020. There were three tiers of grants available: 16 national project grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000; 180 local operating grants ranging from $2500-$35,000; and fundraising grants based on a crowdfunding challenge.
Fundraising grants were “won” by raising money during the crowd-rise portion of the program, with incentive grants going to the six top fundraisers and bonus grants for organizations that met weekly objectives.
A total of $5,634,663 was contributed and donated to nonprofits in 2020, with $3,334,663 of that raised through crowdfunding.
Learn more about A Community Thrives at gannettfoundation.org/act.
Who won in Middle Tennessee
Book’em — $2,500
From the organization: “Book’em is a nonprofit, children’s literacy organization founded in 1989 in Nashville. We fulfill our mission by making children and teens proud owners of new books and bringing volunteer readers into classrooms.”
CommuniServe — $5,000
From the organization: The mission of CommuniServe is “to move forward in faith, providing the gift of compassionate care to veterans and other heroes who cannot afford it.”
Dismas Inc. — $5,000
From the organization: “The Mission of Dismas House of Nashville is to foster community awareness of the challenges and obstacles formerly incarcerated men face upon reentry by providing a system for personal transformation and growth as they transition back into society.”
Gallatin CARES — $4,000
From the organization: “Gallatin CARES is charged with providing aid to families that are suffering traumatic or dramatic events in their lives. This includes loss of life, loss of home, loss of income, health crisis, homelessness, death, domestic violence, domestic abuse, children in need or legal issues.”
Japan-America Society of Tennessee Inc. — $2,500
From the organization: The mission of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee is to “educate, connect and serve as a resource to Japan-connected communities and Japanese companies in Tennessee.”
Martha Obryan Center Inc. — $2,500
From the organization: “On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha OBryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.”
Nashville Civic Design Center — $10,000
From the organization: “Civic Design Center’s mission is to advocate for civic design visions and actionable change in communities to improve quality of life for all. We work locally in Nashville so that our community may set a global example for design equity and improved quality of life. While we consult on civic designs and community development projects, we strive for placemaking outcomes that reflect the people, history and culture of communities we serve.”
Nashville Community Bail Fund — $2,500
From the organization: “Founded in 2016, Nashville Community Bail Fund’s mission has been to free low-income persons from jail, connect with their loved ones and work to end wealth-based detention through community partnerships.”
The New Beginnings Center — $3,500
From the organization: “Our mission is to help financially disadvantaged women discover the strength in themselves, inside and out, and to become the healthiest they can be through individualized world-class coaching in fitness, nutrition and behavior change.”
NF Tennessee Inc. — $5,000
From the organization: “NF Tennessee’s mission is to create a community for persons and families with neurofibromatosis through support, education, and advocacy.”
The Crossroads Campus — $5,000
From the organization: “Our mission is to transform lives by creating opportunities for individuals who face poverty and homelessness to care for homeless animals. We use the healing power of the human-animal bond to foster resilience, change behavior and teach skills so that young people and animals can experience safe and sustainable futures. Our vision is a community in which all young people have an equitable path to economic self-sufficiency and the opportunity to contribute and thrive.”
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
From the organization: “Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local and regional art, and present exhibits of regional, national and international importance. History, arts, education, and community will remain an ever-present commitment to the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center.”
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