The Community Foundation for Dickson County supports local nonprofits to address unmet needs within the community. The leadership of The Foundation works to find long-term solutions, make an impact and fund programs that will benefit the community for years to come.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits on an annual cycle. The Foundation is particularly interested in ideas that will enrich the quality of life for all citizens in Dickson County and has identified several broad categories where need exists: education, leadership and community improvement.

A local grant committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the grant allocations committee of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Discretionary Funds or Donor-Advised Funds may be added to the recommendations from The Community Foundation for Dickson County to increase the grant awards.  Grants announcements are made in late Fall and each recipient organization is featured in the Dickson Herald.

Grantmaking History

Since 2002, the Community Foundation for Dickson County has awarded 161 grants totaling more than $405,000 dollars to nonprofit organizations serving Dickson County.  The most recent awards were made in the Fall of 2015 to the following organizations:

Dickson Community Clinic: To provide quality and compassionate healthcare to the uninsured in Dickson and surrounding counties.

Dickson County Sheriff’s Office: To develop a joint-operated multimedia educational production center at CreekWood High School and create student-led traffic safety educational videos.

The Quest Center for Art and Community Development Inc.: To provide year-round after-school/out-of-school music education, music enrichment and instrument instruction to Dickson County children grades 1-12.

Town of White Bluff: To add AV/lighting equipment at Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center to promote the arts, music education, performing arts, cultural enrichment programs.

Tennessee Respite Coalition: To give 10 family caregivers in Dickson County respite time and
educate 20 caregivers and community members about respite.

Dickson County Help Center: To provide financial aid for the elderly and disabled households of Dickson County in need of utility and medication assistance.

White Bluff Elementary School: To provide technology practice for students in grades 3rd-5th for TNready and STEM programs.

William James Middle School: To provide an Interactive Whiteboard for my classroom to assist my students with hands on learning of mathematics.

Dickson Housing Authority Community Center: To provide new computers for residents seeking help with homework, job searches, and resumes.

Dickson Middle School: To provide musical instruments for the Dickson Middle School band.

Charlotte Fagan United Methodist Church: To provide affordable, choral music education and enrichment to children and adults of all ages in Dickson and surrounding counties.

Dickson Police Department: To provide an updated website and add educational components for community for crime prevention; drugs; alcohol abuse; neighborhood watch; etc.

Oakmont Elementary: To provide tablets for 1st grade students in a high poverty school for individualized instruction.