The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced distribution of $8,500 in grants to three Bedford County nonprofits as part of its annual grantmaking process.
"This has been an incredibly trying year for Middle Tennessee," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, "with the devastating flood and a still-challenging economic climate. Through it all, however, our nonprofit partners have played a crucial role in continuing to meet the needs of our community. We're honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants to local nonprofits providing vital services for our community."
Specific grants to Bedford County organizations include:
* Community Development Center has received a grant to provide assistance, support and guidance to 30 individuals with severe disabilities facing crisis situations due to the economic downturn.
Christy Jensen, CDC's family support coordinator, said the grant will help current clients and those on the program's waiting list. She said she was "very pleased, very excited" to receive the grant. Funding for the program has had to be cut in recent years and the grant will help make up for that.
* Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic has received a grant to provide spay/neuter surgeries to animals owned by low income individuals.
Kimberly Warren, the clinic's executive director, said the grant will be used for the clinic's participation in "Spay Day USA" on Feb. 22. On that day, pet owners will pay $10, with the grant funds covering the remainder of the cost.
"That way, we feel like the people will have some responsibility," said Warren.
She said receiving the grant is a boon to MTSNC.
"We are very, very pleased," she said. "When you're a new agency, it's important that you get a grant under your belt."
* Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County has received a grant to provide quality respite care for at least 15 families. According to its web site, the agency "is a non-profit charitable organization and assists the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease. A Registered Nurse visits the home to assess the condition of the participant and caregiver, offer support, education, medical assessment, referrals, and free respite visits for the caregiver."
These contributions are part of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's annual grantmaking process which, this year alone, has* distributed more than $756,000 to 154 nonprofit organizations throughout 27 Middle Tennessee counties.
The Community Foundation* awards* grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an* open application process,* to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and improving quality of life* through valuable programs and* innovative services. The Community Foundation's flood relief grants to organizations* are awarded from two disaster funds through a separate application process.