- Youth, Inc. (link) -- $1,000 for recreation and sports
- Operation Stand Down Nashville (link) -- $2,500 for cost of clothing homeless veterans
- The Jewish Community Center (link) -- $5,000 for swimming pool upgrades
- Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center -- $8,000 for students and teachers
But these funds are also designated for public projects, and so I would argue that a significant percentage should be plowed back into the Metro programs, since the funds were collected from public taxes. For instance, why fund private youth and family programs when many of our community center programs could use more funding? Why pay a private community center for pool upgrades when we have public swimming pools that need improvements? Those are questions that I hope are asked of Charlie Tygard and Ed Whitmore at tonight's meeting. While the funds are based on councilmanic discretion, they are also subject to public approval through the Metro Council, and requests to subsidize private organizations and ignore Metro programs is unacceptable.