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Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a kickoff event for the state's new TANF Opportunity Pilot grant program, which will provide seven nonprofits focused on helping low-income families reach self-sufficiency with $25 million grants. 

Seven community organizations focused on helping Tennessee’s lowest-income families reach self-sufficiency will receive grants of $25 million each from a new initiative by the state Department of Social Services. Families will not receive any increase in direct cash payments through the program.

Grants are part of the new Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative — one part of a bill passed last year to reform the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. TANF is a federal program designed to help low income families with children achieve self-sufficiency.

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