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 more than $1.65 million in grants to 265 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s annual discretionary grantmaking process.

The American Association for State and Local History has received a  grant to provide leadership and assistance to a Middle Tennessee StEPs Group.

2014 Grant Photo

“AASLH advocates the use of working groups to help organizations work through the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs),” said Bob Beatty, AASLH Interim President and CEO. “We are very pleased that the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is helping us to work with history institutions in our own backyard to improve their stewardship of their historic sites, museums, and collections.”

“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.

More information on the grant process is online at Read more about StEPs groups here and for general information on the AASLH StEPs program, visit

About The American Association for State and Local History
Since 1940, AASLH has provided leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. Our membership includes  over 6,000 individuals and institutions from rural communities, urban centers, small historical societies, and large history centers across the United States. For this diverse membership, AASLH offers programs and services that meet members’ needs while progressively advancing the goals and standards of the field of state and local history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH is proud to provide a home for those who work and volunteer in the field of state and local history. For more information, visit

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,050 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 23 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $715 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit