Impact100 Nashville members gathered on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Vaco in Brentwood for the Annual Members Meeting and Voting Event. During the time, members enjoyed presentations from 4 non-profit finalists and voted to award $230,000 in grants. After receiving more than 60 grant applications, we are excited to share our 2023 grant winners:
- Dream Streets – $100,000 grant
- Shower Up – $100,000 grant
- Corner to Corner – $15,000 grant
- Rebuilding Together Nashville – $15,000 grant
Dream Streets – $100,000 Grant Winner
The Dream Streets mission is to protect and empower individuals living in distress. They provide supplemental groceries and family-strengthening tools. In addition, they foster positive community relations at their physical locations, mobile ministry sites, and the streets served in West and North Nashville.
With Impact100 funding they will expand their footprint to provide supplemental, high-quality groceries to food desert communities in North and South Nashville. Dream Streets will add one Mobile Food Distribution site in North Nashville and establish two weekly distribution sites in a targeted area of expansion, South Nashville, within a year. This will be accomplished through (1) the purchase of a 2023 Mercedes Benz 2500 HR and (2) the addition of a part-time driver to complete additional grocery pickups and deliveries.
Shower Up – $100,000 Grant Winner
With the mission to build community, elevate dignity, ignite hope, and demonstrate God’s love by providing mobile showers and personal care for those in need, ShowerUp utilizes specially designed and customized trailers that contain three, individual shower suites and we transport these around the community to provide showers, hygiene, and personal care to those experiencing homelessness. We serve at 7 different locations each week around Nashville including in encampments and at designated serving locations.
We are asking for funds to purchase a mobile shower unit (shower trailer and truck) and all the supplies and materials to operate it for a full year.
Corner to Corner – $15,000 Runner-up
Entrepreneurship is a tool that can be leveraged to change the financial trajectory of Black women who face a 90% wealth gap when compared to white men and also help the broader Black community. The Academy, powered by Corner to Corner, equips emerging entrepreneurs with tools to plan, start and grow their small business. With the empowerment of entrepreneurship, our neighbors are able to improve the long-term upward mobility for themselves and create generational economic security for their families.
Funds from Impact 100 will be invested in The Academy’s programming during 2024 to empower emerging entrepreneurs. Specifically, funds will support full-time program staff (all program graduates), offset the cost of a biannual event, compensate facilitators, and cover program materials.
Rebuilding Together Nashville – $15,000 Runner-up
Rebuilding Together Nashville’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives. They work to preserve affordable housing, prevent displacement of low-income families, empower seniors to age in place and help retain the fabric of Nashville’s changing neighborhoods. The repairs performed are done at no cost to the homeowner and are guided by evidence-based safety priorities.
Impact 100 funding will allow Rebuilding Together Nashville to increase the capacity to work 1-on-1 with homeowners to provide wrap-around resource referrals, expand our community partnerships and organize homeowner education opportunities. It will also assist with operational costs essential to support well-trained staff and provide high-quality programming.