The Brooks Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has distributed $6,300 in grants to three nonprofit organizations that are working in the GLBT community as part of The Foundation’s annual grant making process. 

“We are thrilled that this year, thanks to the success of our fundraising efforts, especially our travel auction, that we were able to award a total of $6,300 to three excellent local organizations that will help fund programs that will have tremendous benefit to our local GLBT community,” said Mike Smith, president of the Brooks Fund Board of Directors. “Since its inception, the Brooks Fund's purpose is to allow like minded individuals the opportunity to work together to fund programs that will make a difference. We all can take a lot of pride in what we have accomplished this year.”

The following organizations have received the 2006 grants:

  • The Nashville Film Festival—To help promote and produce the GLBT portion of the film festival.
  • The Tennessee Equality Project—To provide public discourses on issues affecting the GLBT community, specifically targeting areas outside of metro Nashville.
  • YWCA—To continue outreach efforts to GLBT communities on domestic violence.

Any organization wishing to apply for a 2007 grant should visit The Community Foundation’s Web site at The grant application deadline is May 1, 2007.

About The Brooks Fund

The Brooks Fund exists to protect the dignity, the safety and the health of Middle Tennessee’s GLBT community. By supporting and encouraging the development of programs, The Brooks Fund increases philanthropic options and opportunities within the GLBT community. It was named after H. Franklin Brooks, a Vanderbilt professor of French and Italian for 25 years. The Brooks Fund is committed to increasing its endowment and support of worthy organizations that are working to build bridges and break down barriers. For more information about the Brooks Fund, visit

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 565 charitable funds. In the past fourteen years, The Community Foundation has distributed $290 million to community programs and institutions. Currently, The Community Foundation manages endowment, unrestricted and memorial funds totaling more $379 million. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tenn. 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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