Harriman new part of national grant network

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman put aside city money last year in hopes the city might become part of a national grant network that helps non-profit organizations and other grant seekers search for funding resources and other assistance.

“The city of Harriman has been awarded the Foundation Library which is incredible news,” gushed Sarah McCoin to Harriman City Council last week.

She said it will essentially serve the Ninth Judicial District and Cumberland County.

The city is now a member of the Cooperative Collection network through the Foundation Center of New York.

“As a member of the network, Harriman is able to provide non-profit organizations and other grant seekers, looking for funding sources, access to a valuable collection of resources,” a release said.

The library will be at 609 N. Roane St. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

The library will include research in “print directories, website opportunities, proposal writing guides and will hold training sessions on how to effectively use those resources and identify potential funding sources.”

“This will be a great opportunity for Harriman and its citizens,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

“The Foundation Library will offer something to those in need and in turn bring interest to our city. I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The release said the Foundation Center of New York was established in 1956 and is considered the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States.

Harriman joins five other Tennessee Cooperative Collection sites.

The others are in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Johnson City, Knoxville and Nashville.