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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee counties and beyond, announces $2,426,677 in grants to 350 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2020 annual grant-making process.

The grants will benefit nonprofit organizations in 29 area counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Warren, White, Williamson and Wilson counties.

Grants will serve a wide range of causes, including: food security, arts and humanities, conservation and preservation, environment, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing, economic welfare, and community development.

The average grant size was $6,933.

In January 2020, The Community Foundation marked $1 billion in giving to nonprofits across the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond since its inception in 1991.

"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 which address Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities."

Grant recipients in Sumner County are:

Borderless Arts Tennessee. To support a digital guitar program

Broken Restored Redeemed Ministries. To provide housing and shelter while clients receive on-the-job training and employment placement.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County. To provide home repairs to vulnerable communities in Sumner County. 

Home Bound Meals Program. To provide friendship and hot nutritious meals to people over age 60 and those under age 60 suffering with long-term illness.

Mission Discovery. To help and encourage families/organizations in need by providing manpower, building supplies, and supervision to complete various repair/service projects.

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center. EC:CO (Exhibition Connect: Community Outreach) Program support, offering free year-round art-making activities benefiting 2,000+ underserved Middle Tennessee youth and families.

Salvus Center, Inc. To provide funding for medical procedures for low-income patients with life-threatening illnesses who cannot afford the cost of care.

Sumner County CASA. To recruit, train, and support 30 community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates in Sumner County.

Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance. To provide spay/neuter services to 400 families in need with a goal of keeping pets in homes and out of shelters.


For a complete list of 2020 grant recipients and more information on the grant process, go to And to learn about more than 1,900 of Middle Tennessee’s nonprofits and the wonderful work they do, go to CFMT initiative and its website at