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SCCF announces spring grant recipients

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:24 am

The South Cumberland Community Fund has approved grants to 15 organizations across the Plateau totaling just over $95,000. With these spring cycle grants, the Fund has awarded more than $800,000 since 2012 through its grants program. Both new and past grant recipients will be recognized at the Celebration for the Plateau at Dubose Conference Center on June 22, at 12 p.m.SCCF grants

“We are proud that the fifteen applicants chosen for this round of grants will focus on our three new focus areas: education, health, and economic and community building,” said Jeff Sholey, SCCF grants committee chair. “Through these grants I have seen how organizations across the Plateau have come together to share their talents, break down barriers, and improve lives.”

Spring 2019 grant recipients

Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic—$6,805 to purchase an EKG machine with a spirometer.

BetterFi—$2,488 to improve organizational capacity to effectively carry out its loan program.

Dependable Laundry—$9,793 for the purchase of supplies to expand this program that provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

DuBose Conference Center—$5,772 for the Bounty of Good Health program: a 4-day wellness retreat for 15 low-income community members.

Folks at Home—$800 to run an adult senior arts class.

Grundy County Department of Education—$9,987 to enhance the art program in the district through the purchase of art supplies.

Grundy County Food Bank—$8,536 to purchase a motorized pallet jack for better efficiency in the loading and unloading of food.

Grundy County High School Math Department—$9,936 to purchase 92 TI 84-plus calculators.

Grundy Recovery Alliance Community Endeavor—$9,996 to purchase supplies and materials to effectively operate newly created recovery and re-entry educational programs.

Leadership Grundy—$5,000 to support and enhance the learning experience of participants in the Leadership Grundy Program.

Monteagle Elementary School—$10,000 to purchase a sound system and scoring table for the school’s gym.

Sewanee Children’s Center—2,984.87 to improve and enrich the experiences of children in three key areas: music, classroom libraries, and Tennessee and Appalachian children’s books.

Sewanee Elementary School—$3,825 to improve the current gathering space in the front of the school with child-friendly landscaping and rock structures.

St. James/Midway Playground—$8,500 for the construction of a pavilion for the playground.

UT/TSU Extension 4-H—$1,025 to purchase a portable sound system for educational programs.

SCCF, in partnership with the student Philanthropy Internship Program at the University of the South, will award additional grants 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’s three grants 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, in addition to its grants program SCCF has invested nearly $800,000 in capacity building projects that benefit the Plateau.

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