The grant came from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves. The foundation has awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants to 273 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release by the Caregiver Relief Program.
"The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we watch needs emerge and evolve in this community," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "Some issues like the staggering rates of local human trafficking and the growth of rural gang activity -- were issues that emerged relatively recently. Other issues like hunger continue to plague our neighbors in the aftermath of the recession. 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 an impact without the bulwark of quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community's needs and vital services to our neighbors."
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 850 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through programs and innovative services. More information on the grant process is online at cfmt.org/request/grants/.
The Caregiver Relief Program has supported the Bedford County community for almost 20 years. The program support Alzheimer's victims and the people caring for them in their homes. The program provides free nursing care with a main goal being to help the family caregiver have regular quality respite care in their home. More information is available by calling 685-9039 or visiting the organization's website at caregiverreliefbedfordco.org.