CFMT Deploys 25 New Tornado Relief Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announces 25 additional grants this week totaling $904,600 to area nonprofits and organizations on the ground helping victims affected by the deadly tornadoes of March 3.

The latest grants approved by the advisory committee are focused on food, shelter, basic necessities, and direct cash assistance. CFMT will continue to review and make grants on a weekly basis.

To date, 68 grants to 60 nonprofits and organizations have been deployed from the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund totaling $2.129 million.

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The latest round of grants includes:


Elijah’s Heart ($50,000) for food and basic necessities for 500 low-income families living in MDHA public housing.

HEAR Nashville ($6,600) for replacement hearing aids for low-income seniors in Nashville.

MidSouth District Church of the Nazarene Disaster Response ($30,000) for housing repair for low-income families in North Nashville referred through the Urban League.

NeedLink Nashville ($75,000) for utilities assistance Davidson County residents.

Operation BBQ Relief ($5,000) for food for first responders and volunteers.

Rooftop Nashville ($32,000) for rent and mortgage assistance to Davidson County residents.

The Donelson Fellowship ($30,000) for direct financial assistance to residents in need in Donelson and surrounding areas.

The Hope Station, Inc. ($50,000) to provide rent, utility, transportation and other basic financial assistance to single mothers in Davidson County.

Shower the People ($1,500) to provide showers and hygiene resources for the homeless community.

Shower Up ($7,500) to provide showers, hygiene, first aid and sleeping supplies for the homeless community.

US Bartenders Guild Foundation National Charity Assistance Fund ($30,000) for direct financial assistance to bartenders affected by the Nashville tornadoes.


Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation ($75,000) for direct financial assistance for individual and families who suffered the greatest losses due to the tornado in Putnam County.


Compassionate Hands ($47,000) for food, shelter and clothing and other necessities for individuals and families in Wilson County through Recover Wilson.

Lebanon Special School District Family Resource Center ($30,000) for food, medication, clothing, and other basic necessities for about 200 Lebanon Special School District families.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center ($20,000) for food, hydrating drinks and medication to seniors in Wilson County.

Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center ($30,000) for food, medication, clothing, and other basic necessities for approximately 500 Wilson County School families affected by the tornadoes.


American Red Cross ($30,000) for direct cash assistance for individuals and families in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties.

Mother to Mother, Inc. ($60,000) for diapers, food (including formula) hygiene and replacement car seats for families in Davidson, Putnam, Wilson and other counties hit by tornadoes.

MusiCares South Region-Nashville ($40,000) for direct financial assistance to musicians in Middle Tennessee.

Music Health Alliance ($70,000) for mental and physical health and prescriptions for musicians in Davidson, Putnam, Wilson and other counties hit by tornadoes.

One Generation Away ($15,000) for food distribution sites in neighborhoods and communities in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam counties.

Operation Stand Down Tennessee ($50,000) for case management, and direct financial assistance to veterans in Middle Tennessee.

Samaritan’s Purse ($30,000) to support cleanup and debris removal efforts in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam counties.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee ($60,000) to support Nashville/Middle Tennessee 2020 Tornado Relief efforts to provide food to individuals and families being served by the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and more.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. The Community Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion in grants since its inception 29 years ago in 1991. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit