Chick History Awarded 2017 Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Discretionary Grant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, announces $2,072,235 in grants to 346 local nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s 2017 annual grantmaking process.

Chick History has received a grant to digitize original photographs, letters, and memorabilia related to political activity of African American women in Middle Tennessee prior to 1930. The project — Protecting the Legacy —  is Phase II of March to 19th, a five-year grassroots campaign for women’s history in partnership with Humanities Tennessee leading up to the Centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

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Image: Nurses in front of Jane Terrell Hospital, 1910s. Hooks Brothers Photographers. Courtesy of Department of Art Collection, University of Memphis

“The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we watch needs emerge and evolve in this community,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the array of quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors.”

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds through an open application process to Middle Tennessee nonprofits organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.

Funding for Chick History’s project was made possible through a grant from the following funds:

  • Ida F. Cooney Fund for the Arts
  • Marguerite Miller Trost Memorial Fund for the Advancement of the Teaching of American History of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

More information on the grant process is online at

About Chick History: Founded in 2015, Chick History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding history one story at a time by focusing on women’s history, educational programming, and community outreach. Chick History is committed to preserving and interpreting all women’s histories and experiences through its unique programs and community-driven projects. For more information, visit:

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit



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