Community Foundation grants reach across the region to advance nonprofits

October 15th, 2014

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced grants in its Community-wide funding category that span the breadth of its service area from east Arkansas to rural west Tennessee.

The Foundation’s Board of Governors approved grants totaling $110,000 to five nonprofit organizations on Sept. 9, 2014. They include $25,000 to the East Arkansas Family Health Center for nutrition and wellness classes for patients in both its West Memphis clinic and also disadvantaged areas throughout Crittenden County. 

“With the recent changes in the availability of healthcare in Crittenden County, our committee felt this was an important time to support the work being done by the East Arkansas Family Health Center,” says Sutton Mora Hayes, vice president of the Community Foundation. “This committee is committed to the development of Health Eating, Active Lifestyle resources throughout our service area, and this program is bringing those resources to a population that does not have ready access to them now.”

The Community Foundation awarded $30,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for a new tractor, the towing engine for a semi-trailer truck. The tractor will allow the organization to increase food access to over 38,000 people, a 33 percent increase in its distribution, by enabling it to reach areas that are currently unserved between its service region in west Tennessee and the Mid-South Food Bank service area closer to Memphis.

 Other funded projects are: 

  • Binghampton Development Corporation
    • $15,000 to pilot an app that uses real-time data from the county assessor’s office with GPS, photo, and database capabilities to build profiles for problem properties.
  • Friends for Life
    • $25,000 to expand an existing strategy in which diagnosed gay men in Frayser use social networking sites to encourage their peers to be tested for HIV/AIDS.
  • Tennessee Charitable Care Network
    • $15,000 to help fund the start-up operating costs of the Network, a statewide association of charitable health clinics focused on developing the policy and training resources needed to serve these clinics.

“Funding from The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will allow East Arkansas Community Health Center to realize a long awaited goal of offering wellness and nutrition classes to our patients and also to the community,” says Gloria Gilliam, EACHC director of development. “We look forward to making Crittenden a healthier community.”

Community-wide grants, which are awarded from the Foundation’s Community Partnership Fund, support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. They are decided by a committee of community volunteers.  

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