Eight East Tennessee organizations, plus two from communities east of Nashville, are among 16 across the state that shared in $250,000 in funding during the second round of awards from Launch Tennessee’s program.
That positive for the region follows the initial round when the majority of the recipients also hailed from East Tennessee.
The latest recipients of up to $25,000 each from the eastern half of Tennessee are:
- AccelNow (Kingsport which also received a grant in the first round);
- Hancock County Board of Education (Sneedville);
- Rural Resources (Greeneville);
- Unicoi County High School – Tech Shop (Erwin);
- Downtown Newport Artscapes (Newport);
- Sevierville Commons Arts Council (Sevierville);
- Live.Love.Hope (Knoxville which is another repeat winner);
- The Cumberland Regional Development Corporation (Cookeville);
- Rhea Economic & Tourism Council Inc. (Dayton); and
- United Way of Coffee and Moore County (Tullahoma).
In making its latest awards, LaunchTN said that the “Creative Communities program is designed to augment the work of (its) existing entrepreneur-focused partners, creating a more connected in-state network of resources. In fact, before Creative Communities was available, Launch Tennessee delivered programming to 43 percent of the counties in Tennessee. With the launch of this and other rural-focused programs, Launch Tennessee resources now reach 80 percent of Tennessee counties.”