The South Cumberland Community Fund has approved grants to 14 organizations across the Plateau totaling just over $99,000. With this year’s grants, the fund has awarded more than $571,000 since 2012. Both new and past grant recipients will be recognized at a special fifth year anniversary picnic in July.
“This year we received a record number of proposals; 27 organizations applied and 14 will receive grants. We look forward to celebrating the tremendous commitment that these organizations make toward strengthening the future of our shared community. In addition, we reflect back on our growth on the Plateau by acknowledging all of our past grantees’ impact through our fifth year anniversary celebration.” said Marshall Graves, SCCF board chairman.
Animal Alliance South Cumberland – $1,000 to support an expansion of their pet spaying and neutering program to include lower-middle income families.
Coalmont Elementary School – $8,573 for the purchase of 30 Chromebooks and a charging cart so that students in the upper grades can utilize this technology.
Friends of the South Cumberland State Park – $9,225 to assist in the redevelopment of the original CCC campsite and to create signage to help visitors understand the historical significance.
City of Gruetli-Laager – $10,000 for building a new amphitheater designed for larger audiences to use for community and countywide events including the Grundy County Fair.
Grundy County Sheriff’s Office – $10,000 to assist in the creation of a Recovery Community Center to provide support for inmates and former inmates in their recovery and reentry into society.
Housing Sewanee – $3,825 to provide funding for two energy-efficient projects that will be a part of its next new house: a rainwater capture system and a geothermal-assisted heating and cooling project. This new project will be a demonstration home with systems in place to monitor efficiency and educate other home-building organizations in the region.
Mountain Goat Trail Alliance – $8,000 will provide support for boundary surveys and preliminary design planning for the future section of the trail between the current terminus of the trail to Monteagle.
Mountain T.O.P – $1,100 to provide additional support for the two challenge courses (a low and high ropes course) on the Altamont campus that were funded by SCCF in 2015.
Palmer Elementary School – $10,000 is directed toward the cost of installing a paved walking track behind the school to increase healthy activity among its students, staff, and community.
Pelham Elementary School – $10,000 for the purchase of two automated projection screens, two wireless projectors, and the hardware to operate them to be used not only by the school but shared with the entire community during events and gatherings.
Sewanee Symphony Orchestra – $8,000 will support a community concert that will reach 400-500 young people by providing transportation to the event and music education materials for Plateau schoolchildren.
St. James/Midway Playground – $2,000 for purchase of a playground structure that will accommodate younger children and complement the existing equipment for older children.
Swiss Memorial Elementary School – $7,550 supports the purchase of a technology package for the gymnasium that will include a new sound system, a projector, and a screen. This equipment will be used for regular programming as well as community outreach events.
Tracy City Elementary School – $10,000 for the creation of a u-shaped walking track that will connect with the future Mountain Goat Trail.
SCCF, in partnership with the student Philanthropy Internship at the University of the South, will be making additional funds available in the fall. Organizations on this list are eligible to apply for a second round of grants by either extending their proposals or applying for a new project that meets SCCF Grant Priorities.
Established in 2012, South Cumberland Community Fund works to improve the quality of life across the Plateau by increasing philanthropy and supporting leadership of the area’s communities, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Since its founding, SCCF has reinvested nearly $750,000 in projects that benefit the Plateau.