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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was founded in 1991 and aims to enhance well-being and quality of life for all Middle Tennessee residents and communities. The Foundation is based in Nashville with affiliates based throughout the state.

Regions: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee serves the 43 rural and non-rural counties that are designated as Middle Tennessee. Affiliate foundations include the Cheatham County Community Foundation; the Community Foundation for Dickson County; the Community Foundation of Rutherford County; the Community Foundation of Robertson County; the Community Foundation of Wilson County; the Cumberland Plateau Community Foundation; the Community Foundation of Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties; the Community Foundation of Clarksville/Montgomery County; the Goodlettsville Area Community Foundation; and the Tullahoma Community Foundation.

Issue Areas: Arts and culture, education, health, and human services are key funding focuses. The Foundation works with affiliate funders throughout Middle Tennessee, to identify and address the issues unique to specific communities.

Grant Process and Application: Deadlines for grant applications are usually in the summer months. More information regarding grant applications can be found on the website.

Grant-Making Per Year: Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded $1 billion in grants to nonprofits across Middle Tennessee. In 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $2.4 million to nonprofits across Middle Tennessee.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Renewal House in Nashville, Tennessee is an organization that provides comprehensiveservices for women recovering from substance abuse and mental health issues. The Renewal House provides housing for women in recovery, while also offering family-centered programs for their children.

The Healing Trust

The Healing Trust – formerly known as the Baptist Healing Trust – is a health conversion foundation formed after Baptist Hospital was sold to Ascension Health/St. Thomas Health Services. Since its formation in 2002, the Trust has provided $100 million to Middle Tennessee. The Healing Trust’s mission is to strive for racial equity and help eliminate health disparities with long-term solutions and compassion.

Regions: The Healing Trust serves all Middle Tennessee, including both rural and non-rural counties.

Issues Supported: Grants are made to non-profit groups in rural Middle Tennessee to address physical or mental health, substance abuse recovery, and healing from abuse or violence. Four types of grants are available: multi-year advocacy grants, operating grants, staff support grants, and sabbatical grants.

Grant Process and Application: Grant-making is temporarily paused to allow for strategy and impact reflection and will resume in 2022. Application deadlines will be announced at that time. More information regarding the application process can be reviewed here. While the grantmaking cycle is paused, the Healing Trust continues to encourage nonprofits whose leaders are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color to contact grants@healingtrust.org regarding funding outside of the grant process.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Healing Trust provided 92 grants in the amount of $3.1 million. In 2019, the Trust provided 81 grants in the amount of $2.5 million. Total giving since 2003 exceeds $96 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Doors of Hope provides transitional housing and sober living for women recovering from substance use disorder. Doors of Hope provides services that help these women reintegrate into society following treatment or incarceration.

Tennessee Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Tennessee

  • $600 million

Fund Distribution

  • 70% to the Opioid Abatement Fund
  • 15% to the state
  • 15% local governments


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Office of the Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, 615-741-3491

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

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