An organization in Antioch teaches dance to strengthen youth. A handful of other nonprofits in Middle Tennessee help feed and clothe families in need. At Thompson’s Station, a program uses horses to help victims heal from trauma.
These are three of the two dozen organizations in Middle Tennessee fundraising now through August 12 as part of the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives.
The 2022 A Community Thrives program, a $2 million initiative created by the Gannett Foundation, will provide grants to groups looking to improve their communities. Gannett, parent company of USA TODAY Network, sponsors A Community Thrives.
Crowdfunding program:Help nonprofit organizations receive grants through the Gannett Foundation’s crowdfunding program
Since the program began in 2017, more than $17 million has been raised through crowdfunding efforts and paid out to more than 500 organizations.
How it works
The nonprofits have one month to raise funds through the online platform Mightycause to reach a minimum of $3,000 or $6,000, depending on the group’s operating budget, to qualify as grantees.
The website allows users to donate to an organization of their choice by filtering by cause type, location and category.
Organizations will keep the money raised, but top projects will also qualify for additional grants to support their ideas for change.
In addition to funding, A Community Thrives increases the visibility of participating organizations through national and local media coverage, and exposes the organizations’ mission to new potential donors.
“This is a national equal opportunity program for small and emerging organizations and established organizations alike. Building communities through connections and helping communities thrive are key program drivers,” said Madden.
Grants totaling $200,000 will be awarded to top fundraisers from all areas, and all eligible organizations will qualify for national project and local operations grants.
Over 700 organizations have applied for the $2 million initiative in hopes of implementing community building ideas.
This year, 24 Middle Tennessee non-profit and community organizations are participating.
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- Arts Inside, Cowan: A community-based grassroots organization providing arts and education programs for inmates and their families in rural central Tennessee.
- Moves and Grooves Inc., Antioch: Inspires youth to grow and explore through creative arts programs.
- Gallatin Cares, Gallatin: Short-term relief and economic support for those in need in Sumner County.
- Recovery Court of Sumner County, Gallatin: Reducing recidivism through support services, mentoring, and funding to help participants integrate into society after incarceration.
- Monthhaven Arts and Cultural Center, Hendersonville: A creative and visual arts and performance center offering classes, exhibitions and events.
- Covenant Cupboard, Madison: Community pantry serving the Madison area.
- Nashville Civic Design Center, Nashville: Advocating civic design that fosters cohesive neighborhoods that thrive.
- Nashville Angels, Nashville: Helping youth and families in the foster community through intentional giving, relationship building and mentoring.
- Oasis Center, Nashville: Counseling, outreach and leadership programs to help youth in crisis transition into productive adulthood.
- API (Asian and Pacific Islander) Middle Tennessee, Nashville: Supporting Asian and immigrant owned businesses.
- Small World Yoga Inc., Nashville: Free and donation-based yoga for all communities and ages, including correctional facilities, schools and homeless shelters.
- Book’em, Nashville: Providing free books to promote children’s literacy in Nashville.
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