Participatory Grantmaking

In the Spring of 2021, The Healing Trust launched participatory grantmaking programs in the Bedford County and North Nashville communities. Participatory grantmaking is rooted in the idea that communities know what is best for them. The goal was to engage the community in a process that allowed residents to use their lived experience to deliver $200,000 in grant funds in their communities.

Bedford County

Participatory grantmaking in In Bedford County is guided by Vincent Peppers, a local Bedford County consultant, and Fredia Lusk, Executive Director of the Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford, and a current grantee partner. They brought together a diverse group of ten community members, consisting of retirees, educators, and nonprofit leaders. They have developed protocols and a process to receive and evaluate funding requests that focus on children and education. The committee is compensated for its time and will meet four times between May and August.

To date, the committee has awarded more than $50,000 in funds in Bedford County to the following programs:

  • The South Central Relative Caregiver Program: to provide resources to relatives who have taken temporary custody of their families children
  • The Rosenwald Recreation and Community Center: to develop a community garden

  • Seasoned with a Touch of Salt Food Pantry: to provide food, summer camp scholarships, STEM programs, and mental health support for children.

North Nashville

We look forward to sharing more about the work in North Nashville in the upcoming weeks.

Please contact Sam Jackson for questions about the participatory grantmaking program.