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Gannett almost doubles the number of Middle TN groups in the grant program

Gannett nearly doubled the number of Middle Tennessee organizations participating in the latest edition of A Community Thrives, a national grantmaking program.

A Community Thrives is a crowdfunding and grantmaking program in which groups compete to raise $3,000 or $6,000, depending on their operating budget, to qualify as a grant recipient by the 12th august.

Groups keep the funds they raise, and top fundraisers are eligible for a total of $200,000 in additional grants.

Gannett, the parent company of The Tennessean and USA Today, established this program in 2017 through the Gannett Foundation.

The Gannett Foundation selected 24 area organizations and nonprofits to participate in its 2022 program, while 13 local groups participated in 2021.

Here’s a look at some of the 2022 organizations.

Nashville Civic Design Center

The Nashville Civic Design Center is a nonprofit organization that strives to create sustainable, livable growth.

“Our job is to elevate the voice of the community,” said design director Eric Hoke, “To take up hot topics when it comes to the built environment, and then show people what can be out there.”

The group offers a Design Your Neighborhood program for 7th and 8th graders. Another project called Tactical Urbanism Organizers is beautifying the streets of Nashville.

The nonprofit organization helps governments and communities collaborate on projects such as West Bank development, Hoke said.

“A lot of what we heard from community members was, ‘How can we better connect to the river? How do we use one of our greatest natural assets? “”, Did he declare. “We are excited to see movement, and also cautious and hopeful for the future.”


Transformations by Nashville Angels provides ongoing support to youth and families involved in foster care through donations, connections, and mentorship.

The Oasis Center offers crisis intervention, youth leadership, community engagement, and college and career education programs for youth and their families.

API Middle Tennessee advocates racial justice for Asian and Pacific Islanders by “building an API community, elevating API voices, and unpacking API identities.”

Small World Yoga seeks to “empower those we serve to grow and live more fulfilling lives through yoga.”

Book ’em provides books for children and enlists volunteers to increase literacy, in hopes they can ignite a child’s passion for reading. The group said it distributed more than 190,000 books in 2021, according to its website.

Moves and Grooves aims to improve the academic success of children through the creative arts. Another objective: to create a 12,000 square foot Arts Centre.


Gallatin Cares is a Christian non-profit organization that operates a thrift store, offers a food pantry, and runs a charitable shelter protection fund.

Sumner County Recovery Court uses a multifaceted approach to help people with drug and alcohol addictions recover and become “responsible citizens.”


431 Ministries is a Christian group that helps “neglected and underserved women” in the region find safety and stability.

Maury Chaplain Ministries advocates for the rights of inmates, acts as a liaison between different parts of the community, and provides pastoral care to inmates, their families, and corrections officials.

Legacy Life Care Programs provide educational training, refer participants to counseling, and provide home care.

Georgia English, left, and Jen Starsinic founded the local nonprofit Girls Write Nashville three years ago.  This year, they received a $50,000 grant from A Community Thrives, a USA TODAY Network program that is part of the Gannett Foundation.

More local groups and nonprofits

Freedom Reigns Ranch is a non-profit Christian organization located in Thompson’s Station. The organization offers free “horse-assisted mentorships” to youth dealing with trauma.

The Cheatham County School District in Ashland City covers 13 schools, where it hopes to turn students into “lifelong learners”.

The Building Lives Foundation in Franklin helps veterans in need with affordable housing, furniture, career counseling and employment assistance.

Habitat for Humanity branches – Montgomery, Williamson and Maury counties – have joined the program. Habitat for Humanity aims to “build affordable homes, stronger communities, and life-changing opportunities.”

Shred the Stress in Clarksville works to relieve veterans’ anxiety and trauma through the use of electric vehicles such as scooters, OneWheels and skateboards.

The Mt. Pleasant/Maury Local History Museum collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the former phosphate mining community.

The Oak Ridge Free Medical Clinic operates three clinics and provides free medical care to low-income and uninsured people.

The Montaven Arts and Culture Center in Hendersonville collects and exhibits local and regional artwork.

Arts Inside, located in Tracy City, provides healing to inmates and their families through art.

Other nonprofits participating in the program include Covenant Cupboard in Madison, Investing Into The Future in La Vergne, and Stepping Stones of Robertson County in Springfield.

Rodney N.

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