Current Grant Recipients

Caring and Inclusive Community Grants | December 2018

Root Causes of Intergenerational Poverty:

A Step Ahead Chattanooga: A $7,000, one-year grant to support a facilitated strategic planning process to set the vision for the next three years of the organization’s work and assist with the creation of a customized database to meet existing and long-term data-tracking needs. These projects will enhance A Step Ahead Chattanooga’s ability to offer access to long-term reversible contraceptives, addressing a root cause of intergenerational poverty.

Chambliss Center for Children: A three-year grant (Year 1: $25,000; Year 2: $20,000; Year 3: $15,000) to increase the pay of Chambliss Center’s early childhood educators. Chambliss Center for Children preserves family unity and helps to prevent the dependency, neglect, abuse, and delinquency of children by responding to the community’s childcare needs, including residential services for children in custody of the State of Tennessee; daily 24-hour early childhood education & childcare; and  off-site early childhood education programs.

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise: A $25,000 one-year grant to support organizational capacity building. Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise invests in the community by making residential loans, providing financial counseling, building homes, and revitalizing neighborhoods in historically underserved parts of the community.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, Inc.: A $15,000 one-year grant to develop a flexible three-year strategic plan with input from staff, board, service recipients, and stakeholders. For 31 years, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has partnered with people in the Chattanooga community, and all over the world, to help build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

LAUNCH CHA: A $25,000 three-year grant to support new services and provide consistent funding while the organization grows its donor base and sources of earned income. LAUNCH CHA provides business training, entrepreneurship programming, support, and affordable resources to adults and high school students underrepresented in Chattanooga’s startup community. They empower program participants to create sustainable, successful businesses allowing their families and communities to thrive.

Diverse and Inclusive Leadership

Glass House Collective: An $18,000 one-year grant to create a fellowship program for residents and artists to learn about community organizing and take on an initial project as a team. Glass House Collective was founded to bring life back to Glass Street and Glass Street back to life through artist-led and community involved projects. Glass House Collective works together with residents and partners to make Glass Street and the surrounding community cleaner, safer, and more inviting.

Mark Making: A $10,000 one-year grant to develop, in partnership with Scenic City Angels, an entrepreneurial leadership and innovation program for middle school students in East Chattanooga. Mark Making empowers individuals and transforms communities through the arts.

Urban League of Greater Chattanooga: A $15,000 one-year grant to support the third year of the Inclusion by Design Executive Leadership pilot program, which fosters growth at the executive level for minority and/or female professionals. The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other underserved individuals to enter the economic and social mainstream.

Caring Communities

Bridge Refugee Services: A $10,000 one-year grant to support a strategic planning process to unify the Chattanooga and Knoxville offices and provide a plan to be proactive in addressing the changes to come, including identifying gaps in services and creating a plan to raise funding to fill those gaps. Bridge Refugee Services provides protection and assistance in refugees’ inspiring journey, recognizing their plight, resilience, and willingness to join our community and make it their own.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank: A $15,000 one-year grant to support a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for a capital campaign as the organization anticipates six million additional pounds of food in 2019. The capital campaign would support the systems and infrastructure needed to manage additional food. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank leads a network of partners in 20 counties to eliminate hunger and promote better nutrition in our region.

Orange Grove Center: A $20,000 one-year grant to support Project INFORM, a system to help individuals and families navigate services for individuals with disabilities. Orange Grove Center is a place of hope and possibilities for families who have loved ones with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). Orange Grove provides services for both children and adults.

Signal Centers, Inc.: A $10,000 one-year grant to support a replicable training model for early childhood educators in strategies to use with the children they serve, caregivers of those children, and themselves. Signal Centers provides access to early childhood education, assistive technology, and adult programming for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office: A $20,000 one-year grant to support the establishment of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. ACT is an evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most vulnerable to homelessness and hospitalization. To provide a full range of services to each client, ACT teams typically include a psychiatrist and/or psychiatric nurse, specialists in mental health and substance abuse treatment, case managers to help with housing and employment and peer support.

Love’s Arm Outreach Ministries: A $15,000 one-year grant to fund a part-time case manager dedicated to assisting women who are part of the organization’s new residential program. This new program and case manager position will enable Love’s Arm to provide a safe, nurturing environment with the supports women need to achieve independence.

SPLASH: A $22,000 one-year grant to support capacity building through investment in organizational leadership. With increased organizational leadership capacity, SPLASH expects to increase its donor base and funding pipeline, allowing it to expand its service footprint through satellite sites. SPLASH is a year-round free youth arts program founded by professional artists who work with children and youth from under-served areas to mitigate “at-risk” factors that negatively impact their lives.

The Net Resource Foundation: A $10,000 one-year grant to support capacity building through the creation of a strategic plan and work with a development consultant to develop and implement fundraising goals and strategies. The Net Resource Foundation works alongside families in the Alton Park community to challenge systemic issues through mentorship and community-building programs.

Northside Neighborhood House: A $15,000 three-year grant to support the organization in implementing their strategic priorities of building capacity and creating greater access to the organization’s services and programs. Northside Neighborhood House promotes the independence of residents north of the river in Chattanooga by providing a hand up through education and assistance via three programs: Emergency Direct Assistance, Education for Children and Adults, and three Thrift Stores.

The Passage: A $12,000 one-year grant to support a strategic planning process to explore ways for the organization to expand their board, implement an effective fundraiser, and develop a marketing plan. The Passage is a mobile classroom serving East and North Chattanooga families and children.

Broad Community Solutions

Bridge City Community: A $13,000 one-year grant to fund Anti-Racism & Cultural Competency (ARCC) training and certification for staff members, in order to finalize the development of a secular curriculum that addresses issues of structural racism within the context of Chattanooga. Bridge City Community is a multi-ethnic urban ministry in South Chattanooga that pursues spiritual, racial, economic, and educational reconciliation.