Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative Planning Grantees

The Families First Community Advisory Board selected 17 collaborative groups to receive a portion of the nearly $5 million the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) will make available during the first phase of the Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative. Up to $445,000 will be available to each organization, made up of public-private partnerships dedicated to developing innovative, community-driven strategies for moving Tennesseans with economic, social, and developmental vulnerabilities beyond their current barriers and on to self-sufficiency.

Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative Planning Grantees Include:

West Region

Agape Child & Family Services, Inc.
Families Matter
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
University of Memphis

Middle Region

Family Affair Ministries, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc.
Martha O'Bryan Center
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency

East Region

City of Chattanooga
First Tennessee Development District Foundation
First Things First, Inc.
Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
United Way of Greater Knoxville, Inc.

Statewide/Multiple Regions

Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA)
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS)

Each planning grantee collaborative is tasked with using the grant funds during a 90-day Planning Period where they will create a comprehensive pilot program proposal for submission in support of their request for a larger Implementation Grant. The funds can be used for technical assistance, visioning, initiative design, budgeting, and further partnership development. Pilot proposals will be presented to the Families First Community Advisory Board in April 2022. The Board will select 6 pilot grantees (2 in each grand division) from the Planning Grantees listed above to receive Implementation Grants to fund their group’s Pilot Initiative.