The Community Foundation Middle Tennessee Grant

The Arc Davidson Country & Greater Nashville is honored to be the recipient of a grant from the Bonnie R. Bashford Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Foundation awarded the grant to The Arc DCGN to help support our Employment Skills Program in the Community Based Transition Program in the Metro Nashville Public School System. The Community Foundation awarded more than $1.65 million in grants to 265 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s 2014 annual discretionary grant making.

The Arc DCGN is working with students aged 18-22 who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and are enrolled in the Community Based Transition Program. Transition students attend classes in the community and work at different locations throughout Nashville. The Arc DCGN provides additional training to these students to help them prepare for employment after completing the Community Based Transition Program. In the second semester, classes will focus on interviewing skills, preparing a resume, understanding work place dynamics, and helping students gain confidence to speak for themselves. The goal of the Employment Skills Program is to help students successfully find and retain employment.

The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds, through an open application process, to Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services. The Foundation connects generosity with need in order to build a stronger community for the future. To learn more, please visit

The Arc DCGN is excited to have been selected for this grant and we look forward a partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. We would like to thank them for this opportunity and look forward to the success of the students this grant will help!