Grants Awarded to Five Local Organizations by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

December 15, 2007

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has awarded $13,083 in grants to DeKalb organizations to help respond to specific needs of the region.

"The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee believes in the present and future of Middle Tennessee and supports DeKalb County organizations working to improve the quality of life in our communities," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation. "The people of Middle Tennessee should be very proud of the extraordinary work being done by local nonprofits addressing a variety of needs from public education and animal welfare to children and seniors."

Specific discretionary grants include:

Freckles Friends Pet Shelter, Inc. has received a grant to provide spay/neuter services to pets of low-income families in DeKalb County.

New Frontiers Challenge Center has received a grant to provide Internet access and laptop computers to young men in residence.

In partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission and funded by the Tennessee General Assembly, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee facilitates two other grant programs - Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy.

Arts Build Communities serves to strengthen communities by funding projects that nurture artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessee's 95 counties. Those eligible to apply for ABC are tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, public or private educational institutions (K through college), school boards, or governmental agencies.

Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee has received an Arts Build Communities grant to support artist fees for presenters.

The Student Ticket Subsidy program is designed to ensure that Tennessee's school-aged children have access to live performance. The program is available to public school students, and the Fund reimburses ticket costs for children in the 40 counties The Community Foundation covers.

Smithville Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant to send 206 students to Art Center of Cannon County.

DeKalb West Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant to send 414 students to Wood & Strings Theatre.

These discretionary, Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy grants are part of The Foundation's annual grant making process that will distribute over $1,301,295 to over 300 nonprofit organizations and schools throughout 36 Middle Tennessee counties.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 615 charitable funds. In the past sixteen years, The Community Foundation has distributed $320 million to community programs and institutions. Currently, The Community Foundation manages endowment, unrestricted and memorial funds totaling $426million. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, # 400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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