2023 Venue Rental Grant Recipients

World Forestry Center is pleased to announce the two non-profit organizations selected for our 2023 Complimentary Venue Grant Program: Children’s Healing
Art Program (CHAP) and College Possible.

CHAP brings the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. They’ll use the complimentary venue rental to hold CHAPlandia, their biggest and most important annual fundraiser. “CHAPlandia builds community, celebrates art and creativity, and raises vital funds needed to deliver on our mission,” said Barb McDowell, Executive Director. “It’s an event like no other. It brings together donors, artists, business owners, medical professionals, and families we serve for a colorful, joyful celebration of the healing power of art.”

College Possible makes college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. They’ll use the complimentary venue rental to celebrate College Possible students who have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and help launch them into their careers. “The event will be primarily for students and families to celebrate this huge accomplishment,” said Margarita Gutierrez Lemus, Senior Program Director. “It will also be an opportunity for them to network with College Possible supporters and make connections for potential career opportunities.”

Now in its second year, the Complimentary Venue Grant Program is intended to help non-profits host events and gatherings that advance their mission and benefit the community through the free use of our Cheatham Hall or Miller Hall event spaces.

“We hope this program provides a valuable opportunity for non-profits to engage with the community and are excited to support the selected organizations in achieving their goals,” said Event & Visitor Services Director Jennifer Kent. “We’d also like to thank all the non-profit organizations that applied this year. We received a lot of impressive applications, and we encourage all the organizations that were not selected this year to apply again next year.”