CFMT deploys 2nd round of initial first responder grants for tornado relief

Pledge total tops $8.75M

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Nashville Tornado

What's left of Crazy Gnome Brewery in East Nashville just one day after a tornado tore through the city.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced a second round of initial grants from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, with eight additional nonprofits receiving grants for tornado relief efforts throughout affected communities.

More than that 20,000 donors have pledged more than $8.75 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund — $8,751,421.37 as of 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

Grants from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund total $1.225 million to 39 organizations and nonprofits serving Davidson, Wilson and Putnam counties, among the most affected by the tornadoes. Additional grants continue to be deployed from existing charitable funds at The Foundation.

Nonprofits receiving grants Monday, March 16 and later this week are:

• Metro Nashville Public Schools ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief that MNPS and its Community Achieves program is providing to the MNPS students and employees directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food,  shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• Conexion Americas ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• Catholic Charities ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• TN Justice for Our Neighbors ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is replacement of immigration paperwork and other legal assistance to tornado victims.

• Mt. Juliet Help Center ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• Wilson County Community Help Center ($30,000). This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• The Bridge Ministry ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

• Salvation Army Nashville Area Command ($30,000) This grant is in support of the tornado relief to individuals and families directly impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. Priority for this grant is cash assistance or resources related to the basic necessities of food shelter and clothing for those impacted by the tornado.

The Fund was established just hours after deadly tornadoes ripped through Nashville and Middle Tennessee on March 3, leaving 25 dead and thousands of homes and businesses destroyed or damaged.

Funding will be available for both immediate relief and ongoing recovery efforts as issues are identified. During this initial relief phase (through April 15), priority for grants will be given to organizations providing services and resources to meet the most immediate needs.

Grants will be reviewed and deployed weekly in a “fast track” process to get financial resources out into the community quickly, which was a priority identified by the advisory committee. Grants will also be available for emerging and long-term needs as the affected communities stabilize and begin recovery. Currently, the focus is on these areas:

• Shelter and Housing

• Basic Necessities (food, clothing, utilities, hygiene needs)

• Short-term Financial Assistance

• Transportation

• Clean-up and Debris Removal

Applications for nonprofits to apply for funding via the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund are online at www.tornadoresponse.com.

Nonprofits receiving initial grants of $30,000 or more for tornado relief from the CFMT Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund on March 6-11 were 31 organizations:

  • Backfield in Motion ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the March 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Community Resource Center ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center ($60,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Cumberland Mental Health Services (Volunteer Behavior Health in Lebanon, Tennessee ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Donelson-Hermitage Family YMCA ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • The Equity Alliance ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Family & Children’s Service ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Gideon’s Army ($40,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Hands On Nashville, Inc. ($35,000) to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee Tornadoes
  • Holly Street Daycare ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership Inc. (J.U.M.P.) (30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Lee Chapel AME Church ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands ($40,000) to provide legal services in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes
  • Martha O’Bryan Center ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • NAACP Nashville ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Nashville Food Project ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Needlink Nashville ($30,000) ) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Neighborhood Health Services ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Northwest Family YMCA ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Project Connect Nashville ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Rebuilding Together Nashville ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Rooftop Foundation ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • St. Ann’s Episcopal Church ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Team Rubicon (Putnam County) ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Tennessee State University (Agricultural Department) ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • United Way of Metropolitan Nashville ($30,000) designated for the McGruder Family Resource Center to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the March 2020 Middle Tennessee Tornadoes
  • Urban League of Middle Tennessee ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • Westminster Home Connection ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.
  • World Central Kitchen Inc. ($30,000) to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2020 Middle Tennessee tornadoes.

The Community Foundation emphasizes this is the initial set of grants. There are many more to come as pledged commitments come to The Foundation as cash, allowing us to review and approve grants for other organizations that assist those who have been impacted by the tornadoes.

Members of CFMT’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund advisory committee includes city and civic leaders from communities throughout Nashville and areas of Middle Tennessee affected by the tornadoes. Initial grantmaking has included input from both committee and The Community Foundation board members.

Those attending the Advisory Committee’s initial meeting were: Hannah Davis, affordable housing program manager, Metro Nashville Mayor’s Office; Karl Dean, former Nashville mayor; Brenda Haywood, deputy mayor of community engagement, Metro Nashville Mayor’s Office; Sam Hatcher, board member, Community Foundation of Wilson County; Rev. Chris Jackson, Pleasant Green Baptist Church and Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship; Lonnell Matthews, juvenile court clerk of Metro Nashville; Jay Servais, district chief, Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management; Ron Samuels, vice chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners; Jerry Williams, community volunteer and retired, Leadership Nashville; and Brenda Wynn, Davidson County clerk.

A few additional members are in the process of being added to bring further neighborhood and geographic representation and perspective to the committee.

Staff and philanthropic support to the Advisory Committee are: Ellen Lehman, president, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Amy Fair, vice president of Donor Services, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; and Pete Bird, president and CEO, The Frist Foundation.

Donations to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund are fully tax-deductible. During times of disaster response, The Community Foundation donates its time and resources, and no administrative fees are deducted from donations to the Fund. Proceeds go to nonprofits providing for the short-term and long-term needs of victims of the tornadoes and their aftermath. To give to the Fund, go to www.cfmt.org.

To learn more at CFMT’s Tornado Response, visit www.tornadoresponse.com.

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