LSNA Announces 2018 Grants

The Lockeland Spring Neighborhood Association awards grants annually to organizations working to improve the quality of life in our greater neighborhood.  Funds are raised through our annual Home Tour and through membership dues. The LSNA Board voted on grant applications at their August meeting and are pleased to announce the recipients for 2018.  Grants were awarded to the following local organizations to further their work:


The East Nashville Hope Exchange was awarded $2,000 to continue their efforts to improve the literacy of at-risk children in East Nashville through their summer and school-year programs.  


Southern Word was awarded $2,500 in support of their resident poet program which teaches spoken-word poetry in local schools .

Plant the Seed was awarded $1,500 to purchase supplies for their garden-based learning program, specifically for their work at Explore Community School – an elementary school located in East Nashville.


Further, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has committed to funding equipment upgrades at the Shelby Park Community Center.

Community center, literacy program, Divine Arts Cafe awarded grant

The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association board has voted to give $5,400 in grants to four local non-profits. Since 2013, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has supported local projects that educate, enhance safety, build community, and beautify the neighborhood.


Shelby Community Center

SCC 01The Shelby Community Center will receive $2,400 toward purchasing two moveable, height-adjustable basketball hoops for youth and family leisure use. The hoops will also be used for organized activities during the afterschool program at the Shelby Community Center and for league play for kids ages 4 to 6.  The mission of the Community Center is “to provide a variety of age and ability appropriate programs in a safe and enjoyable environment, while encouraging positive experiences through recreational activities based on the needs of the diverse communities we serve.”


Divine Art Cafe

Divine 02The Divine Art Cafe provides culinary training for individuals in recovery and those with disabilities, as well as outreach and inclusion for the community’s elderly. The Divine Art Cafe was awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of a commercial refrigerator. The cafe opened in August 2015 with the goal of becoming a place for the community to gather and enjoy good food and coffee while supporting those who are often marginalized by society. The cafe is located across from Rite-Aid in the back of the 604 Gallatin Ave. building.  


Give Me 10

Give Me 10 02Give Me 10 is a community led movement to address the issue of hunger among children in East Nashville.  The $1,000 grant will be used to help Give Me 10’s efforts this summer to provide meals and snacks to the Maplewood High School football team. More than 89% of the students at Maplewood are considered economically disadvantaged and rely on school breakfast and lunch. In the summer, consistent access to healthy food and meals can be a challenge for them.


East Nashville Hope Exchange

Hope Exchange 02For the second year running, the LSNA board has awarded a grant to the East Nashville Hope Exchange.  The ENHE will receive $1,000 to assist its work strengthening literacy for at-risk children in East Nashville. Their summer program serves children from kindergarten through 4th grade and focuses on intensive literacy assistance. The program is tuition-free and breakfast and lunch are provided to the students. Year-round programming builds on and continues the work begun in the summer program by following and supporting the students and families during the school year.


The annual grant application deadline is April 30.

LSNA Grant Recipient: East Nashville Little League

Grant recipient: East Nashville Little League

ENLL 02Last spring, the neighborhood board voted to give $650 grants to three organizations (see details on how to apply on page 4). The final organization featured in the newsletter is East Nashville Little League. This article was submitted by Brett Vargason.

East Nashville Little League’s focus is to provide youth in East Nashville with an atmosphere that encourages mental, social, and emotional maturity while developing excellent fundamental baseball skills.

ENLL believes youth sports belong in the community and we love giving this opportunity for kids to have fun playing baseball in their own neighborhood. We believe that by keeping sports in the community it develops stronger ties to local schools, businesses, and families.

ENLL has been a chartered member of Little League Baseball since 2012, a national organization that’s committed to helping children develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being.

Our program is located in historic Shelby Park (across from the Shelby Bottoms Greenway), where East Nashville’s youth have been playing baseball for over 100 years.ENLL 01

This year, we expect ENLL to involve more than 500 kids, ranging in age from 4 to 14.

The league so grateful for the LSNA grant because it provides funding for our scholarship program. We will never turn a child away because of a economic situation. We believe sports are for everyone and the LSNA grant ensures that belief and promise.

2016 LSNA Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

It’s that time of year to submit your LSNA grant applications.  The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association started its grant program in 2014 and it has been hugely successful in providing funds to many amazing projects going on in the neighborhood.  The factors that the Board considers in awarding the grant are:  (1) building community; (2) beautification; (3) education; and (4) safety.
If you have an idea for a grant application, please submit it by April 30, 2016 to:


2015 Grants were awarded to:
East Nashville Hope Exchange -read more
East Nashville Little League – read more
Tennessee Alliance for Progress- read more

Winners of the LSNA’s First Holiday Lights Contest Announced

The LSNA is happy to announce the winners of our inaugural Holiday Lights contest. Nominations were accepted via email and the LSNA board voted this week to award prizes to the top 3 homes in Lockeland Springs. Winners will receive gift cards to area businesses. Thanks to everyone who got into the spirit and channeled their inner Clark Griswald. We hope this annual event will spark a little friendly competition among neighbors.

And the winners of the 2015 Holiday Lights contest are…

FIRST PLACE: 1623 Woodland St. (below)












Second Place: 317 N 14th St. (below)











Third Place: 407 N. 16th St. (below)




LSNA Grant Recipient: East Nashville Hope Exchange


This spring, the neighborhood board voted to give $650 grants to three organizations. We will profile each of the grant recipients in coming issues of The Fountain.  The second organization featured is the East Nashville Hope Exchange.  This article was submitted by the non-profit.

East Nashville Hope Exchange’s mission is to strengthen literacy of at-risk children in East Nashville. The exchange works with children from schools in the Stratford and Maplewood clusters.

The exhange is grateful for the generosity of the LSNA grant to continue this work. Historically, we’ve served 42 first through third grade students and their families in a six-week Summer Program, staffed by certified teachers and community volunteers, that is designed to combat the “summer learning loss” that disproportionately affects low-income students. But in the summer of 2015, the exchange was excited to expand the program to include kindergarten and fourth grade students. Made possible by a partnership with Ross Early Learning Center, this expansion allowed the program to double in size to almost 80 students.

Research shows that low-income students fall far behind their peers in language skills as early as 3 years of age, entering kindergarten already behind and increasingly struggling to read at grade level. Expanding our program allows us to intervene in literacy development early in our students’ educations and provide support over a greater period of time.

Each aspect of programming ties into the theme “My Family/My Community/My World.”

Community members with diverse and inspiring backgrounds volunteer as daily guest readers, while other volunteers work one-on-one with students as reading buddies. Local artists and special guests visit to perform for students or share and engage on a variety of topics, such as government and sustainability.

Finally, weekly family engagement events provide information on topics such as “How Literacy and Healthy Eating Are Connected,” and “Behavior Management Strategies.” Caregivers commit to reading 15 minutes with their student each day to reinforce good reading habits and instill an appreciation for reading at home. We were so grateful that students received a free book each day of the summer program, made possible by Flowerpot Press and First Book, to add to their home libraries — some 2,400 books were given to our students!

Hope Exchange board member Gracie Porter (former teacher, librarian, principal, Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education vice-chair and chair, and MTSU adjunct professor in Elementary and Special Education) described why she serves on the board:I care about East Nashville Hope Exhange because it focuses on the whole family. It is supportive and inclusive no matter how great the need.”

Highlights from the 2015 Summer Program include such notable guest readers as Mayor Karl Dean, First Lady Crissy Haslam, the Metro Nashville Police Department Mounted Patrol, and staff members from the Nashville Predators Hockey Team.

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary and Plant the Seed TN led programs dedicated to Sustainability and the world around us, and students have enjoyed field trips to venues such as the Vanderbilt University Stadium, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Cumberland Water Park.

Local artist Brandon Donahue worked with students to create the Silhouette Cypher art project, during which students creatively filled in life-sized outlines of themselves with images, colors, and symbols that represent how they see their place in the world. The Silhouette Cypher project is currently on display at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church.

Visits from the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck, and the Street Theatre Co. help to round out programmatic focus on the connection between literacy and art.

ENHE also hosts a School Year Program to provide our students and families with support year-round. This continues the work done in the intense six-week summer program. Monthly school-year workshops offer information for caregivers on literacy tools and behavioral management strategies, while children receive literacy instructions and complete an activity. The monthly workshops are supplemented by at-home visits and conversations with our students’ teachers and caregivers on a regular basis.

Here are highlights from our March, April and May family workshops:


 Positive Identity and Math Word Problems and Reading
Students in our program are just beginning to form their personal identities and find their place in their home, school, and community. This workshop focused on creating positive identities for our children by giving them increasing responsibility while providing support and encouragement as they grow more independent. Families talked about self-esteem and sense of purpose, while children were asked to think of positive outlooks for their future.

Stress Management, Test Taking, and Test Taking Strategies
Stress is an inevitable part of daily life, and the life of a student is especially stressful before and during testing. Families can manage stress surrounding test-taking specifically by talking with teachers before tests about how to prepare with your child, celebrating testing successes as a family, and setting realistic expectations for test results. Family members completed a timed sample test to understand the challenges and stress their children experience during these tests.  


Boundaries and Expectations and Kidwriting, 
Invented Spelling, and Phonetics

Children perform much better at home, at school, and as community members when they know where their boundaries lie. Knowing exact boundaries and expectations encourages good behavior, and lets children know when they are doing well. Families talked about kidwriting (phonetic spelling), invented spelling, and spelling patterns and the role these play in a child’s learning to read.

Winners Announced for Inaugural Beautification Awards

New this year, the LSNA Beautification Award recognizes and rewards property owners within Lockeland Springs for a beautiful front façade and/or outstanding landscaping or maintenance of the front yard within public view.

The winners of the 2015 Beautification Awards will each be awarded a gift certificate to a local business.  All of these properties have lovely front yards that are well-landscaped and maintained.  These homes, both new and old, contribute to the special character of our Lockeland Springs neighborhood.  The winners are:


1808 Russell (1)

1st Place-1808 Russell St. (above)




1608 Holly St.

2nd Place-1608 Holly St. (above)

209 16th St 2 (1)

3rd Place-209 16th St. (above)


LSNA Grant recipient: Tennessee Alliance for Progress

Grant recipient holds community meetings on affordable housing

This spring, the neighborhood board voted to give $650 grants to three organizations. We will profile each of the grant recipients in coming issues of The Fountain.  The first organization featured is the Tennessee Alliance for Progress.  This article was submitted by Nell Levine.

To state the obvious, East Nashville is undergoing rapid change.

To begin to address this, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, with a grant from LSNA, conducted two community meetings, in Lockeland Springs and District 5, on Affordable Housing, Diversity and the Future

Twenty people attended the Lockeland Springs meeting, held on May 30. Attendees were asked to identify the neighborhood’s challenges (parking, decreasing diversity, traffic, rising housing costs, and breakdown of a sense of community) and assets (culture, walkability, potential, great housing stock, amenities.) Attendees agreed that we want to keep East Nashville welcoming and truly diverse. We brainstormed on actions we can take to do this. The list included be active, study and learn from our history, stay involved with planning and zoning decisions, cultivate the political will to commit resources for affordable housing and become a community again. It was agreed that the latter will take work.

Fifty people attended the June 6 meeting in District 5 (see attached photo.) Dane Forlines of McFerrin Park presented a letter to the Planning Commission requesting that they help residents create a new District 5 neighborhood plan since the last plan is now 10 years old and outdated. The letter is currently being circulated at neighborhood association meetings and will be turned into Planning at the end of the month.

Both meetings aired important issues. The takeaway? The future of our neighborhoods will be determined by how active residents are in making their voices heard.

Literacy, housing education, little league awarded grants

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East Nashville Little League, Shelby Park

The neighborhood board voted this month to give $650 grants to three organizations. Since 2013, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has supported local projects that educate, enhance safety, build community, and beautify the neighborhood.

Tennessee Alliance for Progress
The alliance works on affordable housing issues and will use its grant money to promote local educational events. The alliance has scheduled an event, “Affordable Housing, Diversity and the Future of Lockeland Springs,” for 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30 at Village Church, 211 N. 11th Street (across from the East Branch Library). The free meeting will be facilitated by longtime Lockeland residents Bill Friskics-Warren, Michele Flynn and Nell Levin.

East Nashville Little League
The local little league, for ages 4 to 18, applied for a grant to aid in the purchase of equipment. The neighborhood association will be featured on a sponsorship sign at the ball field.

East Nashville Hope Exchange
The non-profit East Nashville Hope Exchange works on literacy for local at-risk children in first through third grades. The exchange has worked on literacy for more than 11 years and serves families in the Stratford and Maplewood clusters.

The annual grant application deadline is April 1.