Mayor Karl Dean released on Friday a list of 23 Nashville nonprofit organizations that he has recommended to receive Community Enhancement Fund grants totaling $1.8 million.
On Tuesday, July 19, the recommendations go to the Metro Council, which is scheduled to vote on a resolution to fund the grants.
Dean created the Community Enhancement Fund grant program in 2008 in order to fund grants in a competitive, open process. Grants are available to Nashville nonprofits in three service categories: afterschool programs, domestic violence and community service.
Funding recommendations for afterschool programs total $675,000 and include Backfield in Motion, Inc., $87,800; Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, $49,600; Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc., $67,400; Hearing Bridges, $26,500; Martha O'Bryan Center, $117,100; McNeilly Center for Children, $68,600; Monroe Harding, Inc., $49,200; Oasis Center, Inc., $46,100; PENCIL Foundation, $75,400; and Vanderbilt University (Center for Health Services), $87,300.
Recommendations in the domestic violence category total $675,000 and include Family & Children's Services, $77,600; Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, $153,900; Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc., $108,300; Nashville YWCA, $258,300; Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, $31,500; and The Mary Parrish Center, $45,400.
Recommendations for community service grants total $450,000 and include Big Brothers of Nashville, $97,000; FiftyForward, $76,000; Nashville Area Chapter American Red Cross, $32,500; Nashville CARES, $30,000; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Inc., $100,000; The Arc of Davidson County, $63,600; and United Way of Middle Tennessee, Inc., $50,900.
Invitations for applications were extended last March and were due in April. After being screened for eligibility by Metro staff, applications went through extensive examination by review panels, which held open meetings on June 21 and June 22.
The panels submitted recommendations to the Community Enhancement Fund Steering Committee, which includes elected officials, members from the Mayor’s Office, citizen members and representatives from the Center for Nonprofit Management. After Committee approval, the recommendations were submitted to Dean for his review.