Grant area of focus was on public safety

Cookeville – Retail giant Walmart recently granted the city of Cookeville with a $2,000 community public safety grant. On Thursday night, the City Council approved acceptance of that grant. The grant is awarded through an open application process to “eligible organizations.”

“We were notified of the opportunity to apply for this grant,” said Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans. “Each Walmart store in each community has a fund set aside for a community grant. So, we were approached and notified that the opportunity existed so we did apply.”

Community – The city council accepted a public safety grant from Walmart.

Evans said the area of focus was on public safety. Upon review the Council approved acceptance of the grant unanimously following a motion of approval by Vice Mayor Luke Eldridge and a second by Councilman Chad Gilbert.

“Walmart believes that strengthening local communities creates value for business as well as society,” according to their website. “That’s why we empower each Walmart store, Sam’s Club and distribution center to strengthen and support local communities through local donations, fundraising and participation in corporate cause-marketing campaigns.”

Each year, Walmart awards local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5000. The grants are designed to address needs of communities.

UCBJ file photo.

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