Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee distributes new tornado relief grants

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 16:04:25-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With continued efforts to rebuild following the March 3 tornadoes in Tennessee, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) has distributed 11 new grants to area nonprofits helping victims affected by the disaster. The grants total $287,500.

The Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund advisory committee approved on immediate relief efforts, such as food, shelter, basic necessities and direct cash assistance. Funding relief will continue for organizations that assist those impacted by the tornadoes on both a short- and long-term basis.

93 grants have been distributed to 83 organizations from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund so far. They total over $3 million.

To donate to the Middle Tennessee tornado recovery efforts, visit the CFMT website.

The latest round of grants are below.

  • $25,000 to Affordable Housing Resources, Inc. to provide mortgage mitigation assistance to individuals and families affected by tornadoes, in partnership with Lee AME Chapel.
  • $2,500 to College Hills Church of Christ to assist Lebanon families requesting support for food, clothing, housing and short-term financial assistance.
  • $30,000 to Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church to provide food and basic necessities support for North Nashville families.
  • $30,000 to Inspiritus to provide direct service Middle Tennessee families, including the coordination of over 24,000 volunteer hours helping with home debris removal, as well as valuable item search and salvage across Davidson, Wilson and Putnam Counties.
  • $5,000 to Manna Cafe Ministries to provide food assistance to individuals and families in Greater Nashville.
  • $50,000 to Meharry Medical College to provide medical, dental and mental health services to North Nashville residents.
  • $30,000 to MJ 4 Hope to provide financial assistance to families affected in the Mount Juliet community.
  • $30,000 to Saint Francis Cabrini Catholic Church to provide basic necessities support and utility payment assistance for families in Wilson County.
  • $20,000 to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition to provide direct, short-term financial assistance for Latin families whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed.
  • $15,000 to Wilson County Civic League to provide financial assistance to Lebanon families.
  • $50,000 to YMCA to support the YMCA Hope Fund.