A Community Thrives awards 10 Middle Tennessee organizations over $40,000 – Tennessean

This year, 10 Middle Tennessee organizations received grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 from the A Community Thrives initiative. 
A Community Thrives is sponsored by Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY and the Tennessean. All organizations participated in crowdfunding before receiving grants. Thirteen Middle Tennessee organizations had been selected for crowdfunding. 
The over $2 million initiative supports organizations addressing social issues. Organizations were eligible for grants starting at $2,500 and were chosen by the leaders of Gannett’s USA TODAY Network of more than 250 news sites in 46 states.
Learn more about the 10 organizations below: 
431 Ministries is a nonprofit with the goal of helping women in crises of all kinds. It uses faith “to fit some of the pieces together” and specializes in issues of abuse, addiction, homelessness and financial troubles. The organization received a $10,000 local operating grant.
Book ’em is a nonprofit organization that brings free books and reading volunteers to kids in Nashville. Its mission is to create a more literate Nashville and ignite children’s passion for reading. It serves disadvantaged youth ages 0-18 through three learning programs. The organization received a $2,500 local operating grant.
Global Education Center is a nonprofit creative center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight similarities and promote cross-cultural understanding. It’s tailored for an environment of inclusion while promoting wellness and taking the arts of the world to schools and community. The organization received a $5,000 local operating grant.
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Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation works for a “Christ-centered” community-development through working with their neighbors in South Nashville. The organization furthers education, healthy living, spiritual transformation and economic development. The organization received a $2,500 local operating grant.
Hope Botanical Garden in Lawrence County is being created to provide a unique opportunity to residents of Southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama. The projected opening is Summer 2022. Crowdfunding is to build a visitor center on the property. Hope Botanical Garden is powered by volunteers to offers its neighbors a chance to benefit from its beauty and lessons about the earth. The organization received a $5,000 local operating grant.
Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization that has been in operation for over 120 years. Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and Christian fellowship.  The organization received a $2,500 local operating grant.
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Civic Design Center is a nonprofit working to improve quality of life by advocating for civic design visions and change in communities. They received a grant for their TURBO Seed Fund, which hopes to build funding for a “bottom-up approach to tactical urbanism installations.” The nonprofit intends to teach communities about tactical urbanism’s benefits, as well as help and plan the projects within those communities. The organization received a $2,500 local operating grant.
Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization that has been in operation for over 120 years. Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and Christian fellowship.  The organization received a $2,500 local operating grant.
Small World Yoga provides paid and free yoga classes. The nonprofit community studio is relocating on Aug. 1 to further its mission of community, connection and accessible yoga. The funds raised during A Community Thrives will go toward a studio expansion and will be matched by the dollar. The organization received a $7,500 local operating grant.
Write Your Life equips underserved students with writing skills that enable them to artfully shape their unique life experiences into compelling college admission essays. The eight-week program uses one-hour workshops to help students hone their writing skills, allowing higher education to become more accessible for all. The organization received a $3,000 incentive grant.
WaTeasa Freeman contributed reporting. 

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