administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at the request of the Chancery Court



The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching our quality of life, is pleased to announce grants to 121 Tennessee organizations as part of a one-time Serving Tennessee’s Seniors grant opportunity. Funding of Serving Tennessee’s Seniors was provided by the Chancery Court and administered by The Community Foundation through the settlement of a lawsuit initiated by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper against both SeniorTrust and ElderTrust. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share these funds with nonprofits serving seniors across the state.

“All across Tennessee, each and every day, nonprofits and governmental agencies are working hard to make the path easier for our growing but vulnerable senior population. From Lake County to Bradley County, from Memphis to Elizabethton, we know that the needs of our aging population are often unrecognized or underfunded,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


  • 37 United Ways
  • 95 County Mayors
  • Tennessee Development Districts (Memphis, Northwest, Southwest, Greater Nashville, Southeast , East, South Central and Upper Cumberland)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
  • East Tennessee Foundation
  • Plough Foundation
  • Council on Aging of Greater Nashville
  • Alliance for Better Nonprofits (Knoxville)
  • FiftyForward
  • Lyft and Uber (seeking transportation options)


West Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

East Tennessee

Grants awarded to organizations through Serving Tennessee's Seniors will touch every single county in Tennessee.
Number of applications received from each grand division:
  • West Tennessee: 18 applications from organizations in 10 counties
  • Middle Tennessee: 68 applications from organizations in 17 counties
  • East Tennessee: 35 applications from organizations in 20 counties
Number of grants awarded per county within each grand division:
  • West Tennessee: 18 grants awarded to organizations in 10 counties
  • Middle Tennessee: 57 grants awarded to organizations in 15 counties
  • East Tennessee: 34 grants awarded to organizations in 20 counties

Senior Services30
Food/Feeding Programs19
Technology and Training11
Health Education/Wellness10
Medical/Dental/Vision Care10
Housing Rehab/Improvement10
Independent Living5
Legal Aid4
Caregivers/Home Healthcare4
Emergency Rent/Utility2
Organizational Infrastructure2
Relative Caregivers1
Adult Day Care Services1
Crisis Intervention1
General Arts & Cultural1
Financial Planning1
Mental Health/Counseling1
Respite/Rehabilitative Care1



Aging Commission of the Mid-South$35,000To develop online training platform for the management of volunteer transportation services in rural West TN.Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton
Big Sandy Senior Citizens$3,500To provide computers for the use of senior citizens at the center while attending computer classes offered.Benton
Brownsville-Haywood Co Senior Ctr.$10,000To provide Food,Ensure, personal items,household items and meals to seniors 60 years old and older.Haywood
Chester County Senior Center$22,700To provide quality computer technology class sessions and an updated computer lab to better serve our seniors in our county. Chester
Children & Family Services, Inc.$15,000To offer fitness, nutrition education for healthier eating and basic health screenings to get 50 seniors mobile for healthy aging.Tipton
Crockett County Office on Aging$51,000To increase participation in Health and Fitness programs by offering transportation and high quality fitness equipment and programs.Crockett
Gibson County Office on Aging/Bradford Senior Center$7,068To offer our senior citizens and senior citizens staff a commercial type dishwasher that washes and sanitizes so much faster.Gibson
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis$250,000To fill gaps in our aging in place program and to match funds committed for a senior roof program.Shelby
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.$25,000To utilize attorneys and two law students to expand the organization's advocacy to seniors in rural communities.Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton
Meritan, Inc.$15,564To introduce iPads and Android tablets to persons 60 years and older through Meritan's Senior Community Service Employment Program. Shelby, Fayette, Tipton
MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association)$73,263To utilize technology to improve the meal delivery process and service provision to 3,200 seniors in Shelby County per year. Shelby
Northwest TN Development District/Area Agency on Aging & Disability$60,000To provide seniors services, durable medical equipment, pest control, and vision and dental care to increase quality of life.Benton. Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley
Ridgely Senior Center$35,000To purchase a new 10 passenger van for the Ridgely and Tiptonville Senior Centers in Lake County, TN.Lake
Service Over Self, Inc.$45,000To utilize volunteers to provide critical home repairs for low-income seniors that they may age in place safely and comfortably.Shelby
Southwest Area Agency on Aging and Disability$25,000To provide seniors in Southwest Tennessee a means of transportation utilizing volunteers.Madison
United Way of the Mid-South$17,424To provide Free Income Tax Preparation services for and promote financial planning with an additional 250 senior citizens. Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton
West Madison Senior Center$9,600To provide healthy and nutritious food for approximately 25 to 30 seniors daily for breakfast and lunch.Madison
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.$15,300To expand senior-friendly, senior-specific access to legal help via SeniorLAW website, enhanced with senior friendly printed instruction cards.Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, McNairy, Madison, Obion, and Weakley

“The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has been honored to assist the Chancery Court and the Office of Tennessee’s Attorney General in the distribution of these grants to help strengthen the ability of these recipient organizations as they work to improve the lives of those they serve,” Lehman continued.


Abe's Garden$100,000To efficiently and cost-effectively increase dissemination of information and community-based programs related to the Abe's Garden model.Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson
Access Services of Middle TN d/b/a Technology Access Center$58,000To provide Seniors who have vision impairments with appropriate assistive technology devices that improve their independence in daily living activities40 Counties of Middle Tennessee
Alive Hospice$137,676To increase and enhance our mission-based services for seniors such as charity hospice care, grief support, and end-of-life education. Wilson, Sumner, Robertson, Williamson, Smith, Trousdale, Macon, DeKalb, Jackson, Putnam, Clay, Maury, Hickman, Marshall, Dickson
Baxter Senior Center$10,000To help furnish kitchen, exercise room and office to serve additional persons in our community with our wellness program.Putnam
Bethesda Community Mission Inc.$11,800To upgrade our outdated computer systems with new hardware and software to improve our capacity. Our client database is online.Houston
Bethlehem Centers of Nashville$6,300To provide a comprehensive health, wellness and nutrition program for North Nashville Seniors.Davidson
Cannon County Senior Center$5,000To enhance technology to more effectively track daily attendance and participation in activities to measure outcomes and success rates.Cannon, Rutherford, Warren and Coffee
Community Development Center$50,000To create an accessible adaptive equipment loan program for seniors with medical needs.Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln, Coffee, Franklin, Moore
Council on Aging of Greater Nashville$39,048To expand accessibility and awareness of the 2017-18 Directory of Services for Seniors and to re-engineer the online directory.Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson
Cumberland Regional Development Corporation$23,964To ensure food safety and expand the nutrition program to meet the growing demand for HDM and Congregate mealsCannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White
Domestic Violence Program Inc.$29,772To increase public awareness of elder-abuse and provide victims with direct services including safe-shelter, accompaniment and advocacy with other agencies. Rutherford
Elders First Adult Day Services Association dba Mindful Care$6,000To incorporate Community field-trips and Arts programming for 12 memory-impaired Elders while providing Caregiver Respite, Staff Training/Development, and Community Education. Rutherford, Davidson
Faith Family Medical Center (FFMC)$82,297To offer medical exams, recommended screenings, nutrition/wellness counseling, mental health services, and shingles vaccines to 150 low-income patients aged 60+.Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, Cheatham, Sumner, Robertson
FiftyForward$155,615To enhance and expand direct services for older adults across the agency's continuum of care in its programs and centers.Davidson and Williamson
First Baptist Winchester Community Development Cor$10,000To increase our senior feeding program to three meals per week.Sumner
Folks at Home$32,148To improve organizational capacity and infrastructure, create and expand programs, and finalize the creation of our first strategic plan.Franklin
Gallatin CARES$5,749To develop and implement a food pantry delivery program for food-insecure seniors living in Gallatin.Sumner
Good Samaritan Ministires of Franklin County$9,000To help senior clients by adding an additional resource to pay winter utility bills.Franklin
Greater Faith Community Action Corporation$35,000To provide transportation services to seniors to receive food and other services from The Master's Table Soup Kitchen.Robertson
Greater Nashville Regional Council$183,000To provide technology improvements and ERP demonstration program.Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Stewart, Sumner, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson.
Helping Hands of Putnam County$3,000To provide seniors with supplemental nutrition.Putnam
Hope Family Health$10,500To identify care gaps in seniors and create care plans that can be shared between providersMacon, Sumner, Trousdale
Interfaith Dental Clinic$85,000To expand dental services to better serve vulnerable and fragile seniors by placing Senior Care Coordinators to remove barriers.Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.$37,500To assist senior patients access diabetic and hypertension medication and oral health services.Davidson, Montgomery
Maury County Senior Citizens Center$6,000To provide a Senior Emergency Assistance ProgramMaury
Meharry Medical College$75,000To provide health services to economically poor and underserved seniors. Improve clinical geriatrics knowledge base of students in health professions.Cheatham, Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Sumner, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee$14,200To provide caregiver support services to Middle Tennessee residents, who's loved ones suffer from Alzheimer and Dementia related disorders. Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson
Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency$87,500To provide Home and Community Based Services though direct care and meal service empowers seniors to live safely and independently at home.Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson
Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center$63,700To support the Senior Social Engagement Activities program promoting social connectedness which results in a happier and healthier Senior.Wilson, Davidson, Rutherford
Nashville General Hospital$106,743To offer consistent health care screening, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations to senior adults in the North Nashville community.Davidson
Petersburg Senior Citizens$37,691To make the senior center building safer and more comfortable for our seniors.Lincoln, Marshall
Portland C.A.R.E.S.$8,400To provide paper products, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies to supplement Senior Adults meeting poverty guidelines.Sumner
Progress, Inc.$20,000To offer approximately 2,000 hours of additional in-home care to low and moderate income seniors through subsidies during wait periods. Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Wilson, and Sumner
PROSPECT, Inc.$9,650To provide one day of community activities or one day of classes/instruction regarding hobbies for ten seniors each week. Wilson County, DeKalb County, and Smith
Putnam County Senior Citizens$49,388To offer an accessible travel option for senior citizens to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Putnam, Fentress, Overton, Van Buren, White, Macon, Clay, Warren, Davidson, Smith, Pickett, and Wilson
Rebuilding Together Nashville$28,000To purchase needed tools and equipment to support our program which serves low-income seniors in need of critical home repairs.Davidson, Cannon, Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson,and Wilson
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee$82,263To extend hunger relief to 445 more seniors with food distribution, agency freezers and fundraising to sustain the effort.Davidson, Rutherford, Warren, Stewart, Perry, Pickett and Montgomery
Shade Tree Clinic$12,339To decrease preventable diseases in senior patients by augmenting the vaccines the clinic can administer.Davidson
Siloam Family Heatlh Center$25,000To provide 165 low-cost, high-quality, whole-person health care visits to vulnerable seniors in Middle Tennessee Bedford, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson, and Wilson
Smith County Help Center$5,000To provide minor maintenance and household repairs on housing for seniors that can not afford or unable to maintain upkeep. Smith
Smyrna Senior Citizens Center$100,000To provide more space for programs and services to new members of the Senior Center, benefiting 200 additional members.Rutherford
South Central Family Center$3,500To offer volunteer opportunities for senior citizens and in exchange will pay a portion of their rent or utilitiesMaury
South Central Human Resource Agency$38,000To provide a nutritious meal to ten participants currently on a waiting list and safer/more efficient transportation of meals.Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne
South Central Tennessee Development District$130,000To provide a mobile dental clinic and dental services to seniors in each of SCTDD's 13 counties.Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Bedford, Marshall, Giles, Maury, Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Lewis, Hickman
St. Clair Senior Center$8,000To install a Hearing Loop system to enhance the ability for seniors with hearing aids to hear speakers and programs.Rutherford
St. Luke's Community House$34,185To enhance senior services through advanced training, technology implementation, facility improvements and demographic research unique to West NashvilleDavidson
Tennessee Respite Coalition$26,000To equip 15 Senior Companion volunteers to provide Music and Memory services (Davidson County) Serve 20 caregivers with respite vouchers (statewide).Respite vouchers - 95 counties in Tennessee; Music and Memory - Davidson
Tennessee Senior Olympics, Inc.$12,500To upgrade and enhance our technology to better serve the seniors, ten district coordinators around TN, and Senior Olympics staff.95 TN counties; Districts in Shelby, Madison, Weakley, Lawrence, Williamson, Cumberland, Sevier, Sullivan, McMinn, Hamilton, Williamson
The Ark Community Resource and Assistance Center$45,000To improve the parking area and to update the handicapped-accessible entrances/exits to the building for seniors and disabled clients. Cheatham
The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County$30,000To underwrite & extend respite reimbursement services & education to our community & families of seniors dealing with Alzheimer's disease.Bedford, Marshall, Maury, Lincoln
The J. D. Lewis Senior Citizens Center of Houston Co., Inc.$25,400To repair/recover the deteriorated parking lot that our seniors use to enter and exit the facility.Houston
The Nashville Food Project$5,000To share nutritious meals with under-served seniors, improving well-being, reducing social isolation, and cultivating community over a shared meal. Davidson
The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command$45,000The Center of Hope provides support, wrap around case management and a life long impact on our Senior Citizens Davidson, Williamson, Hickman, Cheatham, Sumner, Dickson
The Senior Center at Ashland City$18,000To provide adequate equipment to assist in the execution of services and programs for 900 plus senior members.Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, , and Sumner
Van Buren County Senior Center$59,100To provide travel opportunities for seldom-traveled and isolated seniors.Van Buren
Westminster Home Connection$183,000To repair 60 homes of seniors in nine counties; infrastructure improvements will increase annual program capacity by 60 homes.Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson
YMCA of Middle Tennessee$26,338To offer enhanced healthy living services to Seniors who attend Northwest Family YMCA.Davidson

“The grants we were able to make last for only six months but span a broad range of needs, including: providing nutritious meals to the homebound, providing safe access to senior centers, providing dentures, providing transportation, providing wellness and educational activities, and fixing homes so that residents can age in their own homes,” concluded Lehman.


Alzheimer's Tennessee$30,000To offer a flexible on-line and classroom Caregiver Academy to educate and support family caregivers across the state of Tennessee.Statewide for web-training and in classroom in Washington, Sullivan, Knox, Blount, Sevier,Anderson, Davidson, Rutherford, Dickson, Madison and Shelby counties.
Bledsoe County Senior Citizens Center$29,000To improve and update the senior center's dining, kitchen and general areas for the enjoyment and safety of our daily senior clients.Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea & Hamilton
Blount County Community Action Agency$38,600To recruit & train 22 additional SMiles volunteer drivers and reduce the number of seniors waiting for transportationBlount
Campbel County Office on Aging/ETHRA$38,000To improve the quality of life for the seniors age 60 and over in my county.Campbell
Chattanooga Area Food Bank$75,000To provide quality foods that meet the dietary restrictions of seniors struggling with hunger in southeast Tennessee.Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren
Claiborne County Office on Aging/ETHRA$35,200To expand volunteer assisted transportation program for seniors to include accessible transportation and add Knoxville area destinations for medical appointments.Claiborne
Clinch River Home Health, Inc.$30,000To offer no cost medical alert systems to senior patients that live alone. Anderson, Roane, Campbell, Morgan, Knox, Union and Campbell.
Clinchfield Senior Adult Center$14,500To update technology through implementation of a data and participant tracking system, new staff computers and new computer lab computers.Unicoi
Cocke County Council on Aging$20,000To mobilize a network of volunteers who offer door-through-door flexible one-way and round-trip transportation for shopping, doctors' appointments, recreation, etc.Cocke
Colonial Heights, Fordtown, Rock Springs, Sullivan Gardens Meals on Wheels, Inc.$7,000To utilize volunteers to prepare and deliver nutritious meals on weekdays to disabled seniors while providing welfare checks.Sullivan
Elizabethton Senior Center$4,000To improve and update our fitness room by purchasing equipment and installing slip-proof mats on the floor.Carter County
ETHRA / East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability$101,000To improve access to meals and donated food for seniors who don't have access to adequate nutrition and at nutrition risk.Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union
First Tennessee Development District Area Agency on Aging and Disability$191,500To perform minor home repairs and modifications for 60 low-income senior households in the eight-county area of Northeast Tennessee.Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
First Tennessee Human Resource Agency Nutrition Program$86,000To purchase equipment and replace aging equipment that will allow our program to continue to serve nutritious meals to seniors.Carter, Greene, Johnson, Hancock, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties
Johnson County Senior Center$1,865To improve needed kitchen equipment for meal service, health and wellness activities, and other social opportunities.Johnson
Jonesborough Senior Center$24,469To enable the senior center to purchase a sound system, accoustic panels, and further the story sharing initative.Washington, Greene, Sullivan
Kingsport Senior Center$75,000To provide technology both in devices and training to be used in senior care-giving, distance learning/wellness,and entrepreneurial endeavors. Sullivan, Washington, Hawkins, City of Kingsport, Scott County, Virginia, Lee, County, Virginia, Washington County, Virginia
Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging$25,000To remove 100 clients from our denture waiting list.Knox
Legal Aid of East Tennessee$25,000To educate seniors about legal issues while providing them a tool to assess their legal problems and consult with attorney.Carter, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
Meals on Wheels of Kingsport, Inc.$83,000To provide home-delivered noon-time meals to isolated / incapacitated senior citizensSullivan
Mid-East Community Action Agency$50,000To provide nutritious food to home-bound seniors with limited access to food in the Southern Appalachian region. Roane and Loudon
Monroe County Senior Citizens and Friends, Inc.$52,700To build long-lasting organizational capacity with both facility and technology upgrades and additions to serve seniors for years to come.Monroe
Monroe County United Way Fund, Inc.$37,000To help the elderly and disabled remain in their own homes and independent.Monroe
Morgan Scott Project$101,000To expand services of home repairs for all seniors on our waiting list.Morgan and Scott
Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center$37,014To acquire funding for new audiological testing equipment and to fund 10 hearing aids and repairs through our assistance program.Sullivan, Hawkins, and Washington
Rhea Richland Senior Neighbors$58,000To purchase a new van for the center to provide safe and reliable transportation for seniors.Rhea
Rogersville Senior Citizns Center$35,000To provide senior citizens with transportation services for medical and personal appointments.Hawkins
Scott County Senior Citizens and Friends$14,500To increase the quality of meals served; obtain computer and software to track meals served and inventory.Scott
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee$35,000To expand the Senior Grocery Delivery program to provide more rural seniors with food. Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
Senior Center of Campbell County$5,000To install safety equipment and features at the senior center facility.Campbell
Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc. (SCHAS)$77,167To offer basic orientation to new caregivers; continuing education for current caregivers; and CNA certification for senior level caregivers.Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union
Southeast Tennessee Development District$180,000To perform essential home repairs to enable seniors to age in place in their current homes.Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie
The Alzheimer's Regional Resource Center, Inc.$5,300To grow the resources provided, training classes taught, and support groups given to caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer's/dementia.Sullivan, Hawkins, Washington, Carter, Unicoi
Whitwell Senior Center$54,000To offer transportation to seniors to center, to doctors, to grocery, to mall, to outings, to be living againMarion