South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) made grant awards to representatives of 11 area nonprofit agencies at a ceremony on July 31 at the Big Red Barn in Beersheba Springs.
Animal Alliance South Cumberland is an all-volunteer organization that makes available accessible, affordable spaying and neutering for pets across the Plateau. This grant of $3,500 will purchase a tandem axle 7’ x 14’ enclosed cargo trailer.
Coalmont Public Library offers life-long learning for people of all ages, as well as access to technology and the Internet, and is open 20 hours each week. This $1,000 grant purchases a new desktop computer to replace an obsolete one, and provides funds to help purchase supplies for next year’s summer reading program.
Folks at Home is dedicated to assisting older area residents in living a dignified and comfortable lifestyle through coordination of services they need. Through this grant of $3,040, Folks at Home will expand its Boost Your Brain and Memory Program, an evidence-based program designed to help participants learn and practice the most promising strategies for keeping the brain healthy as they age.
Almost a decade ago, Friends of South Cumberland (FSC) started “Every Child in the Park,” a program that takes every fifth-grade class in Grundy County to one of the South Cumberland Parks for an all-day field trip. This year’s grant of $9,856 helps FSC expand this program into the fourth grade by creating an all-day field trip to the Park’s Visitor’s Center, which will provide an introduction to the history, geography, flora, and fauna of the area; and will provide enriching activities through the use of nature journaling.
Grundy County High School has an enrollment of about 725 students (grades 9–12) and a very limited annual library budget. This grant of $9,095 will help improve literacy skills and expand the library’s capacity to be a teaching space for the school. This grant will purchase books that will be engaging and interesting to high school students and at the appropriate reading level. It will also purchase a new computer and software for circulation and inventory of books. The grant will also purchase materials to equip the library as a teaching space with advanced audio-visual capabilities for multi-media presentations and web seminars.
Grundy County Historical Society operates the Grundy County Heritage Center, which is a museum, a library, and a research center about the South Cumberland Plateau. This $10,000 grant, combined with a USDA Rural Development grant and support from individual donors, will pay for repair to damage from previous roof leaks, and will help support the re-roofing of the three buildings.
Grundy County Housing Authority provides safe and affordable housing for low-income families in the area. This $4,500 grant will purchase age-appropriate playground equipment for young children so that they and their families will have ready access to safe outdoor play space.
Grundy County Swiss Historical Society, host of the Swiss Celebration and Festival for 41 years, maintains a farmhouse/museum to educate visitors about the unique history of the Swiss settlement in the Gruetli-Laager area since 1869. This grant of $4,500 will replace all the gutters on the farmhouse and will support the creation of a new drainage system to protect the integrity of the historic building.
Grundy County Youth Football is a county-wide program that provides football and cheerleading for children ages 4 through eighth grade. About 130 children participate in the football program and about 60 children are in the cheerleading program. This $10,000 grant will purchase 100 new state-of-the-art football helmets to ensure the safest possible program.
Pelham Fire and Rescue provides the Pelham Valley community with primary fire response. Its service area also includes Interstate 24, where they respond to emergency calls, some of which are complex accidents including hazardous materials. This grant of $9,740 will purchase five new sets of gear (coat, pants, and helmet with shield) for firefighters, keeping the program in compliance with federal standards and ensuring the safety of the 12 volunteers.
Tracy City Softball and Baseball operates an annual program for boys and girls ages 3–12, involving about 100 children each year. In addition to introducing them to the sport, the program helps children learn to work together as a team, to appreciate the benefits of hard work and practice, and to gain experience dealing with stressful situations, including losing. This grant of $9,369 supports the development of a community softball/baseball complex on the site of the old high school baseball field.