The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has awarded more than $1 million to more than one hundred local organizations throughout Middle Tennessee, including a $5,000 grant to the Nashville Film Festival to host gay and lesbian filmmakers during this year's festival.

The grants include:

A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc. has received a grant of $2,400 to provide a basketball program to children with disabilities.

Affordable Housing of Nashville/Affordable Housing Resources Inc. has received a grant of $2,500 to support the homeowner's home buyer education program.

Alive Hospice has received a grant of $5,000 to host a 3-day camp for children who've experienced the death of a loved one.

All About Women has received a grant of $2,500 to develop a website of online resources, services, and information for women.

ALS Association-Tennessee Chapter has received a grant of $5,000 to support the respite care program that provides relief to caregivers of ALS patients.

American Diabetes Association has received a grant of $5,000 to provide resources and materials to people of color about diabetes.

American Roots Music Education has received a grant of $7,200 to produce musical programs about American roots music for children in grades K-12.

Aphesis House, Inc. has received a grant of $2,500 to provide basic needs for employment to underprivileged men.

Belcourt YES! has received a grant of $4,000 to offer a special weekend matinées series & workshops for children on classic films.

Belle Meade Plantation has received a grant of $2,500 to regrain the door and windows of the mansion.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville has received a grant of $5,000 to target youth & family safety, health & wellness through increased access to sports and fitness.

Better Tomorrows Adult Education Center has received a grant of $3,200 to purchase upgrades to the interactive GED software.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee has received a grant of $4,275 to start a new expressive arts program for youth.

Book'em has received a grant of $5,000 to reconfigure the pre-school reading program and book giveaways to Title I schools.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to allow 40 youth from low income families to participate in a college tour program.

Bridge Program has received a grant of $2,500 to support the college summer institute.

CASA has received a grant of $5,000 to conduct 4 training sessions for court appointed volunteers for child victims of abuse and neglect.

Center for Living and Learning has received a grant of $3,200 to create a bicycle repair business operated by the residents of the Center.

Center for Nonprofit Management has received a grant of $5,000 to provide consulting services to small nonprofits.

Community Resource Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide clients of rural county nonprofits with basic household necessities.

CommunityNashville/National Conference for Community & Justice has received a grant of $5,000 to support the intergenerational Anytown Retreat program.

Concert Chorale of Nashville has received a grant of $750 to enhance high school vocal music programs through joint concert experiences.

Conexion Americas has received a grant of $5,000 to provide information on taxes to Spanish-speaking workers in Middle Tennessee.

Council on Aging of Greater Nashville has received a grant of $2,000 to update the Caring Daughters, Aging Parents book for daughters caring for parents.

Creative Artists of Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to support the music director, scenery director and costumer of the ballet "Growing up Black in America."

Davidson County Sheriff's Office has received a grant of $4,200 to build dog houses for the PAWS program.

Domestic Violence Intervention Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide psycho-educational groups for batterers.

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee has received a grant of $1,225 to translate and print brochures and new parent booklets in Spanish.

Downtown Ministry Center/The NextDoor has received a grant of $5,000 to provide permanent housing apartments with recovery support services for women & children.

Dress for Success Nashville has received a grant of $3,000 to purchase plus-size interview appropriate clothing for women.

Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee has received a grant of $3,750 to host a screening of a feature documentary on the prevalence of eating disorders in the gay community.

Exchange Club Family Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide supervised visits for 150 children at risk of maltreatment.

Faith Family Medical Clinic has received a grant of $4,000 to fund the cost of laboratory fees for 800 patients.

Family & Children's Service has received a grant of $2,500 to provide 4 training sessions per year for crisis counselors.

Fannie Battle Day Home for Children has received a grant of $5,000 to provide a music enrichment program.

First Steps, Inc. has received a grant of $2,500 to provide 50 weeks of health and social programs for 75 children.

Friends in General has received a grant of $4,000 to fund no cost mammography screening and follow-up care to women 40 years or older.

Friends of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson Cty, Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to provide a classical guitar musical series at the library.

Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc. has received a grant of $12,760 to provide troop leaders and college mentors to 1200 girls ages 5-17.

Girls on the Run Nashville has received a grant of $4,000 to offer a 12-week afterschool program that uses running to prepare girls for healthy living and self-respect.

Global Education Center has received a grant of $5,000 to expand the percussion program for youth.

Hands On Nashville has received a grant of $10,000 to rehire an AmeriCorp member to provide leadership to VOAD.

Health Assist Tennessee/CI Services, Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to provide free medical interpretation for patients and doctors.

Hermitage/Ladies Hermitage Assn. has received a grant of $3,500 to restore the smokehouse at the mansion.

Hope Clinic for Women has received a grant of $2,500 to provide HIV testing for 600 women.

Interfaith Dental Clinic has received a grant of $5,000 to expand the oral health education program for uninsured, low-income patients.

King's Daughters Day Home has received a grant of $4,244 to upgrade the center's security system.

Land Trust for Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to conduct a study for the
Lick Creek Project, part of a land conservation project.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands has received a grant of $5,000 to provide victims of domestic violence with legal and transitional housing assistance.

Luke 14:12 has received a grant of $4,800 to provide 4 specially planned & prepared meals for 100-120 homeless or hungry individuals.

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Mid-South Chapter has received a grant of $1,391 to offer a 10-week self help program for lupus patients.

Magdalene, Inc has received a grant of $5,000 to provide medical, dental, & mental health services for 10 women.

Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Sexual & Domestic Violence has received a grant of $5,000 to support the victim emergency assistance fund.

McNeilly Center for Children has received a grant of $5,000 to upgrade the fire alarm system at the Center.

Mending Hearts, Inc. has received a grant of $1,500 to establish an intensive early stage recovery program for women.

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to expand the Hispanic Outreach program's Train the Trainer program into the surrounding counties.

Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission has received a grant of $5,000 to conduct a feasibility study on the cultural plan for Nashville.

Monroe Harding Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to provide program supplies and activities for a youth-based program.

Morning Star Sanctuary has received a grant of $2,500 to assist abused women housed at the shelter with emergency needs.

NAMI Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to underwrite the training costs of the In Our Own Voices program.

Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity has received a grant of $4,700 to improve the landscaping for 47 Habitat homes constructed in 2008.

Nashville Ballet has received a grant of $5,000 to produce an original ballet that will be performed for middle school youth.

Nashville CARES has received a grant of $5,000 to expand first person/survivor HIV prevention education program to 5 area high schools.

Nashville Children's Theatre has received a grant of $4,966 to support actor salaries in a production of "Most Valuable Player."

Nashville Film Festival has received a grant of $5,000 to host gay/lesbian filmmakers at the Nashville Film Festival.

Nashville Inner City Ministry, Inc. has received a grant of $2,600 to provide a gang and truancy prevention program serving 40 inner city youth.

Nashville Jazz Workshop has received a grant of $5,000 to produce a jazz lecture-performance series focusing on significant periods and styles in jazz.

Nashville Opera Association has received a grant of $5,000 to perform a six-week specially, adapted one-act opera for 25,000 children in Middle Tennessee.

Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center has received a grant of $5,000 to start a daytime GED preparation program.

Nashville Public Access Defibrillation Program/PAD has received a grant of $2,000 to supply automated external defibrillators to every Metro school and to train school personnel to use them.

Nashville Public Radio has received a grant of $5,000 to bring live radio performances to listeners through "Live in Studio C."

Nashville Public Television Council Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to expand the family literacy workshops for Kurdish, Somali, Sudanese, Vietnamese & Hispanic families.

Nashville Shakespeare Festival has received a grant of $7,500 to present Hamlet through school performances and workshops for Title I schools.

Nashville Symphony Association has received a grant of $3,000 to develop a new music education initiative for at-risk students in the Stratford cluster school system.

National Kidney Foundation of Middle TN, Inc. has received a grant of $4,538 to establish a speakers bureau about organ donation and transplantation.

Next Stage, Inc. has received a grant of $2,500 to provide clothing and computer training for homeless women veterans.

Oasis Center, Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to offer transportation assistance & childcare to families participating in counseling services.

Open Arms Care Foundation has received a grant of $3,181 to purchase professional art supplies to expand the art program for the mentally/physically
disabled.

Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to provide bus passes to newly employed veterans.

Parachutes, Inc. has received a grant of $1,500 to provide properly fitted shoes for uninsured diabetic patients at risk for advanced foot disease.

Park Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide transportation and outreach services to chronically homeless individuals.

People's Branch Theatre has received a grant of $5,000 to produce an original play featuring the urban reimagining of the Greek myth of Oedipus & Antigone.

Preston Taylor Ministries has received a grant of $4,000 to develop a reading program for middle school students.

Prevent Blindness Tennessee has received a grant of $5,000 to provide education, vision screenings & eye exams, low-cost glasses to seniors.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide sexual abuse therapy for 15 low-income women and girls.

Rejoice Ministries has received a grant of $3,496 to provide adolescent girls with the tools for personal development.

Renewal House has received a grant of $4,300 to provide a substance abuse prevention program designed for children and their mothers.

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, Inc. has received a grant of $2,500 to purchase audio visual equipment for use in the afterschool and summer programs.

Rooftop has received a grant of $5,000 to provide rental assistance to individuals and families in need of emergency help.

Safe Haven Family Shelter has received a grant of $5,000 to provide homeless families with necessities and effective services.

Second Harvest Food Bank has received a grant of $5,000 to provide nutritious, hot meals once a week to 50 children in the Cumberland View housing project.

Siloam Family Health Center has received a grant of $5,000 to provide prescription medication for the indigent uninsured.

Somali Community Center of Nashville has received a grant of $1,000 to expand the employment/job readiness project for refugees/asylees.

St. Luke's Community House has received a grant of $5,000 to provide home-bound residents with daily, nutritious meals.

STARS Nashville has received a grant of $7,500 to provide peer education and community resources for pregnant and parenting teens.

Sudanese Community Association of Tennessee has received a grant of $4,850 to establish a health/nutrition program for refugee and immigrant women and their
families.

Technology Access Center has received a grant of $5,000 to develop assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.

Tennessee Artist's Guild has received a grant of $2,992 to install a wall art display system for the Art Center in Madison.

Tennessee Justice Center has received a grant of $2,489 to provide free legal advice to non-English speaking families in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc. has received a grant of $2,000 to conduct vision screenings of 500 children.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center has received a grant of $5,000 to present 3-daytime performances & master classes featuring Simon Shaheen and Qantara.

Tennessee Poison Center has received a grant of $2,268 to educate older adults about poison prevention.

Tennessee State University Foundation has received a grant of $1,000 to pilot a program to increase rates of first generation female students.

Tennessee Storytelling Association has received a grant of $3,000 to support storytelling performances at the Fiddlers Grove Storytelling Festival.

Tennessee Voices for Children has received a grant of $4,000 to provide staff with an intensive skill-based parenting training.

Tennessee Women's Theater Project has received a grant of $5,000 to provide salary support for four actors and production team.

Time To Rise Camps has received a grant of $5,000 to provide youth with summer/winter academic tutorial camps.

United Neighborhood Health Services has received a grant of $14,535 to provide a summer educational and counseling program for at—risk pregnant and parenting girls.

You Have the Power, Inc. has received a grant of $5,000 to print domestic violence resource guides in Spanish.

Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee has received a grant of $2,000 to provide an afterschool program for 80 children in East Nashville

Youth Villages has received a grant of $5,000 to provide quarterly training and supplies for volunteer mentors working with children in foster care.

YWCA has received a grant of $5,000 to provide victims of domestic violence with safe transportation services.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, # 400 in Green Hills. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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