Foundation Giving

The West End Home Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of older adults by investing in nonprofit organizations that address their unique needs. The programs that we support address a broad range of issues impacting people from all walks of life as they age.  Our nonprofit agency partners transform our funds into meaningful outcomes that enhance lives and strengthen our communities.

Funding by Impact Area 2002-2021

The West End Home Foundation made its first grant in 2002. Since that time we have distributed $18,978,298.00 to sixty-one different nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee.  The chart to the left presents funding by impact area during our 19 year history of making grants.

Grant Awards Distributed in 2021:

Advocacy Programs

Legal assistance and education for issues related to aging, and advocacy for new or expanded initiatives to ensure a comprehensive system of care for older adults

AgeWell Middle Tennessee

Funding will support AgeWell Middle Tennessee’s core services with special emphasis placed on their work in the areas of caregiver support, elder abuse and affordable housing.

Tennessee Justice Center

Independence provides legal advocacy for applicants encountering enrollment barriers with the TennCare CHOICES, SNAP and Medicare Savings programs, educates the public and stakeholders about how to navigate the programs and advocates for system changes in the programs.

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects the Federally mandated rights of the residents of long-term care facilities to assure the highest level of care and quality of life.

Nashville Public Television, Inc.

NPT Reports: Aging Matters informs Middle Tennessee about the major issues and concerns facing older adults, their families and caregivers.

Enrichment and Socialization Programs

Opportunities for meaningful social interaction and lifelong learning

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.

Refugee Elders provides long-term assistance to refugee elders by addressing their overall wellness through assessments and by developing case plans to manage chronic illnesses and mental health, provide English language and citizenship training and community engagement programs.

Nashville Public Library Foundation

Nashville Public Library’s Digital Inclusion Program for Seniors provides digital literacy instruction for older adults in Davidson County.


FiftyForward Bordeaux – Lifelong Learning Center provides education, wellness and enrichment services for members.

Nations Ministry Center

The Front Porch Program: Welcoming Refugee Elders Home provides classroom experiences, enrichment events and case management to refugee elders.

Music For Seniors

Outreach Programs for Older Adults at Risk for Social Isolation provides music programs to lower income older adults in nonprofit recreational and care settings.

Food and Nutrition Programs

Services such as groceries, home-delivered and congregate meals to meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable older adults

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

Senior Programs of BCN provides Meals on Wheels through partnerships with thirteen North Nashville churches and hosts the Active Seniors Circle to provide wellness and enrichment programs.

Nashville Food Project, Inc.

Meals Program for Seniors provides made-from-scratch, high quality meals to vulnerable older adults.

Graceworks Ministries

The Hunger Prevention/Rent and Utility Assistance program provides food assistance/hunger prevention and rent/utility assistance to vulnerable older adults living in Williamson County.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and FiftyForward

The Older Adult Essential Nutrition Partnership will provide food and other supportive services to older adults in underserved areas of Davidson County, beginning in the Antioch area. This is an innovative and collaborative project that will offer a more comprehensive approach for supporting older adults living in the community.

Martha O’Bryan Center, Inc.

Senior Services provides food, individualized counseling, financial assistance, medical referrals and opportunities for fellowship for the older adults living in and around Cayce Place.

St. Luke’s Community House

St. Luke’s Senior Programs provides older adults with food security, hunger relief, enrichment, socialization and supportive care through mobile meals, food boxes, social club activities, community events, mental health support, volunteer opportunities and free tax preparation.

Healthcare Programs

Primary health care including diagnosis and treatment of chronic and critical conditions, oral health care and behavioral health services

Alive Hospice

Alive Hospice’s in-patient facilities are a critical resource for those who need 24-hour care and/or have nowhere else to live. Funding will enable the upgrade and replacement of the Nurse Call System in the Nashville facility.

Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville

Smiles for Life provides high quality complete dental care, emergency dental care and oral hygiene education to low income older adults.

Faith Family Medical Center

Health Care for Seniors provides high quality, affordable medical care and wellness services for working uninsured and underinsured older adults.

Siloam Health

Siloam’s Culturally-Sensitive, Whole-Person Health Care to Vulnerable Seniors in Middle Tennessee serves uninsured older adults, most of whom are foreign born. Funding will also support the new Siloam Health Antioch location.

Insight Counseling Centers

The Older Adult Care Program provides quality mental health services to older adults on an income-based sliding fee scale.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Age-Friendly Healthcare for Hospitalized Older Adults implements a national initiative based on the 4 M’s (medication, mentation, mobility and what matters) to prevent hospitalized older adults from suffering healthcare-associated preventable harm and to improve health outcomes after discharge.

Housing Programs

Home repair and safety modifications, rent and utility assistance and access to appropriate housing solutions to facilitate safe and affordable housing

Needlink Nashville

Crisis Financial Support for Older Adults Preventing Homelessness and Unsafe Living Environments provides financial assistance for rent, utilities or move-in costs for older adults age 60 and over who are at or below 200% of poverty level.

The Community Helpers

The Elderly Assistance Program provides emergency financial assistance (rent and utilities), prescription drug assistance, coordination of services and referrals to other agencies.

Rebuilding Together – Nashville

The Bordeaux Initiative provides structured, wrap-around resources for homeowners in the Safe and Healthy Home Improvement program within the Bordeaux community. This program supports home repair and renovation work with resources that will empower homeowners to sustain homeownership through maintenance and financial planning.

Urban Housing Solutions

The AFRESH: Wellness and Supportive Housing for Older Adults program is a supported housing program for low-income older adults living in 26th and Clarksville’s 55-unit supportive housing community. AFRESH emphasizes person-centered frailty-focused communication for residents to understand the effects of frailty on their bodies and to make informed decisions that promote their health, well-being and ability to age in place.

Room In The Inn, Inc.

The Guest House Supportive Living Program provides temporary housing, meals, laundry, adult education services and case management for older men and women who would otherwise be on the streets. Education and empowerment programs will be offered as an additional way to reach out to this population, allowing them to age with dignity.

Westminster Home Connection

Westminster Home Connection provides critical repairs, mobility modifications, and sort-pack-move services to empower older adults to age in place safely and with dignity.

Transportation Programs

Safe and affordable transportation to ensure that older adults have access to needed services and have opportunities to remain engaged in community life

Community Life Ride

Senior Ride Sumner uses volunteer drivers to provide door-through-door transportation to older adults who no longer drive in order to support their independence and quality of life.

Senior Ride Nashville, Inc.

Senior Ride Nashville provides courteous and safe door-through-door volunteer transportation along with guidance on mobility options allowing older adults to maintain health and quality of life. The program also facilitates meaningful relationships between volunteer drivers and riders.

Tennessee Kidney Foundation

The Transportation Assistance Program provides impoverished and disabled older adults who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) with transportation to and from dialysis treatments.

Wellness and Supportive Care Programs

Prevention, wellness and in-home supportive services to promote and sustain healthy aging

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.

The Living at Home program provides home-based supportive services to help keep older adults living safely in their homes and communities.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

Social Services Coordination helps connect older adults throughout Lebanon with needed resources, supports and benefits.

MDHA Housing Trust Corporation

Funding was provided to hire a full-time Resource Navigator dedicated specifically to support the 1900 older adults living in MDHA housing units. The Resource Navigator will mobilize resources needed by the older residents and facilitate the logistics of service delivery.

Community Resource Center

The Senior Kits program provides kits containing essential items targeted specifically to older adults including personal hygiene products, paper products, PPE and cleaning supplies.

Tennessee Respite Coalition

Funding is targeted to two projects: the Respite Voucher Program provides respite vouchers to caregivers who are at least 60 years old and caregivers of individuals who are at least 60 years old in the seven Middle Tennessee counties; the Senior Companions Program matches volunteers who are at least 60 years old to families who are in a caregiving situation. The caregiver provides assistance and companionship to the older adult who needs care. Funding will support expansion of the program to Sumner County.


Supportive Care Services helps older adults maintain independence. Programs include Living at Home, Victory Over Crime, Adult Day Services and Meals on Wheels.

UCP of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

The Durable Medical Equipment and Home Access for Older Adults with Severe Disabilities program provides basic safety and independent living supports to older adults with severe disabilities.

Emergency Grants Distributed in 2020:

The West End Home Foundation provided special funding in response to the devastating tornadoes that struck Davidson County and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

NeedLink Nashville was awarded an emergency grant to ensure that older adults impacted by the tornadoes had access to emergency rent and utility assistance. These emergency funds were expended in 2020.

MDHA Housing Trust Corporation was awarded a grant to hire a full-time Resource Navigator dedicated specifically to support the 1900 older adults living in MDHA housing units. The Resource Navigator will mobilize resources needed by the older residents and facilitate the logistics of service delivery. This project was funded for a one-year period, beginning in October 2020.

Previous Grant Awards:

  • Abe’s Garden

    2011, 2012—Abe’s Garden Phase 1

  • AgeWell Middle Tennessee

    2004—Scams Aganist the Elderly & Other COA Projects
    2007—Council On Aging’s Expansion of Services
    2011—Strengthening of Council On Aging
    2012—Council On Aging
    2014—Building Capacity to Assist Seniors and Caregivers
    2015—Expanding Information and Resources for Seniors
    2016 —Supporting Transportation and Resources for Seniors
    2017—Senior Ride Nashville
    2013, 2017–2021—Identifying Needs and Driving Solutions to Assist Seniors and Caregivers

  • Alive Hospice

    2012–2014—Grief Support Services and Patient Care
    2014—Residence Bed Replacement
    2015—Electronic Medical Records Project
    2016—Murfreesboro Residence Building Project
    2020—HVAC Upgrades
    2021—Nurse Call System

  • Alzheimer’s Association

    2014—Social Engagement Program
    2015—Respite for Caregivers
    2016—24/7 Helpline & Community Care Consultation

  • Arc of Davidson County & Greater Nashville

    2015–2016—Senior Supports Program

  • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

    2003, 2005, 2008, 2011–2014, 2016–2021—Senior Resource Center & Hot Lunch Program

  • Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.

    2018-2021—Living At Home
    2021—Refugee Elders

  • Cedar Seniors, Inc.

    2018—Kitchen Refurbishments
    2019—Part-time Director
    2020—Bathrooms Refurbishment

  • Centerstone of Tennessee, Inc.

    2004, 2006, 2008, 2012–2013, 2015—Older Adult Services

  • Community Life Ride

    2019-2021—Senior Ride Sumner

  • Community Resource Center

    2015, 2018-2021—Senior Kits

  • Cumberland University

    2015—Promoting Health and Wellness for Middle TN Seniors

  • Disciples Village of Nashville

    2004, 2007—Disciples Village of Nashville

  • Domestic Violence Program, Inc.

    2015–2016—Emergency Services for Elderly Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, and Stalking

  • Easter Seals Tennessee

    2003—New Frontiers Program

  • Faith Family Medical Center

    2005, 2007, 2011–2021Healthcare for Seniors
    2020Capital Funding for new Medical Center

  • Family & Children’s Services

    2004—Help for Seniors and Their Families

  • FiftyForward

    2002, 2004—Living At Home Services/Salvation Army Red Shield Initiative Collaboration
    2006—Peer Counseling, Respite Care, and Victory Over Crime
    2008—Accessing Services Through Transportation Initiatives
    2011—Integration of Physical and Mental Wellness Initiatives
    2012—Maximizing Participation of Older Adults
    2013–2015, 2017–2021—Living At Home/Supportive Care Services
    2015–2016, 2018-2021—Bordeaux Center Program
    2017—Bordeaux Center Expansion Study
    2018—Aging Mastery Program
    2019—Capital Funding for new Bordeaux Center

  • Friends In General, Inc.

    2017—Wellness Wednesdays for North Nashville Senior Adults
    2018—Patient-Centered Care for Senior Adults

  • Gilda’s Club Nashville

    2012–2016—Psychosocial Support of Seniors Impacted By Cancer

  • GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.

    2021—Hunger Prevention/Rent & Utility Assistance

  • Guardianship and Trusts Corporation

    2002, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2019—Indigent Senior Ward Program

  • Insight Counseling Centers

    2018-2021—Older Adult Care Program

  • Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville

    2005, 2007, 2011–2021—Smiles for Life—Comprehensive Dental Care for Seniors
    2019—A Smile Changes Everything! capital grant

  • Jewish Family Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

    2011—Personal Emergency Preparedness

  • Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

    2018-2021—Social Services Coordinator

  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

    2014, 2016-2017—Health and Elder Law Program

  • Light In The Nations

    2007, 2011, 2013—Senior Assistance Ministry

  • Martha O’Bryan Center, Inc.

    2003, 2005, 2011 – 2012, 2014–2021—Senior Assistance Program

  • Matthew 25, Inc.

    2014—Substance Abuse Counseling
    2016—Renovation of Living Quarters

  • Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.

    2018—Senior Smiles
    2019—Dial Down Diabetes on the Go!
    2020Seasoned Adults Living Triumphantly

  • Mental Health America of the MidSouth

    2004—Substance Abuse Education, Screening and Referral for Older Adults
    2013—We Care Fair
    2014–2016—Just the Facts—Aging and Alzheimer’s Support for Older Adults and Caregivers
    2018-2020—Aging and Alzheimer’s Services for Middle Tennessee Aging Caretakers

  • Metropolitan Nashville Teachers’ Apartments, Inc.

    2011, 2013—Safety System

  • Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency

    2016—Meals On Wheels
    2017—Serving Abused Seniors
    2018-2021—Advocating for Vulnerable Long-Term Care Residents

  • Music For Seniors

    2015, 2017–2021—Live Music Outreach for Low Income and Differently-Abled Seniors

  • Nashville Food Project, Inc.

    2015–2021—Meal Distribution and Garden Programs for Seniors

  • Nashville Public Library Foundation

    2018-2021—Nashville Public Library’s Digital Inclusion Program for Seniors

  • Nashville Public Television, Inc.

    2013–2021—NPT Reports:  Aging Matters

  • Nations Ministry Center

    2018-2021—The Front Porch: Welcoming Refugee Elders Home

  • NeedLink Nashville

    2015–2021—Emergency Housing & Utility Assistance for Older Adults

  • Progress, Inc.

    2014—Senior Transportation

  • Rebuilding Together – Nashville

    2014—Building A Healthy Neighborhood
    2015—Safe at Home Program
    2020Target CommunityHomeowner Education Pilot Program
    2021Bordeaux Initiative

  • Rochelle Center

    2003—Four-Season Sensory Stimulation Room

  • Rooftop Foundation

    2016–2018—Emergency Housing  Assistance for Seniors

  • Room In The Inn, Inc.

    2014—Transitional Housing for  Elderly Homeless Women
    2017–2021—Guest House Supportive Living Program for Aging Adults

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee & FiftyForward

    2021Older Adult Essential Nutrition Partnership

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

    2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013–2017—Filling the Pantry for Seniors
    2019—Fighting Senior Hunger
    2020Ending Senior Hunger Together

  • Senior Ride Nashville

    2018-2021—Volunteer Driver Program
    2021Friendly Neighbor Program

  • Shepherd’s Center of Madison

    2007—Shepherd’s Center Programs
    2011—Food Program for Older Folks

  • Siloam Health

    2004, 2007, 2012–2021—Providing Whole-Person Health Care to Vulnerable Older Adults in Middle Tennessee
    2021Health Happens Here Capital Campaign

  • St. Luke’s Community House Episcopal, Inc.

    2003, 2005, 2011, 2013–2021—Seniors Program

  • Tennessee Justice Center

    2016—Our Sister’s Keeper

  • Tennessee Kidney Foundation

    2018-2021—Transportation Assistance Program

  • Tennessee Respite Coalition

    2014, 2016, 2018-2021—Family Directed Respite Voucher Program
    2021Senior Companions Program

  • The Community Helpers, Inc.

    2018-2021—Elderly Assistance Program

  • UCP of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

    2015–2017, 2019–2021—Durable Medical Equipment and Wheelchair Ramps for Seniors with Severe Disabilities

  • Urban Housing Solutions

    2020—Aging & Fraility: Resilience and Energy in the Second Half of Life
    2021AFRESH: Wellness & Supportive Housing for Older Adults

  • Vanderbilt University

    2018, 2020—Medical-Legal Partnership for Disadvantaged Older Adults

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    2013—Research Grant: “Preventing Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities”
    2014—Supporting Faculty Leaders in Geriatrics—Establishing a Career Development Award
    2016—Research Grant: “Nutritional Care in Nursing Homes”
    2019—2020—Older Adults Living with Functional Dementia
    2021Age-Friendly Healthcare for Hospitalized Older Adults

  • Westminster Home Connection

    2013–2021—Home Safety Repair & Modification for Older Adults

  • You Have The Power Know How To Use It

    2018—Elder Abuse Prevention

  • YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee

    2005, 2007—Domestic Violence Services for Older Women
    2013—Elder Abuse Prevention