Butterfly Fund Accepting Proposals to Combat Pediatric Cancer


East Tennessee Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

Butterfly Fund is accepting proposals to combat pediatric cancer


East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation (Butterfly Fund). Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment, and/or services. 


Funds totaling $65,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.  Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2017 to be eligible for funding.  One-year grants will be awarded in early spring 2017.


To learn more about the Butterfly Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit their fund’s website:  An overview of the Butterfly Fund application process and access to the application are available online at ETF’s website at       


The Butterfly Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in August 2008 by the Barger and Harrill families in memory of their daughters, Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill. Both of these beautiful little girls were diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in 2007. Sadly, both of these girls passed away just weeks apart during the summer of 2008. The fund serves to raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancers.


East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee. The Foundation serves East Tennessee by building endowments, providing services to donors, and making grants to programs and projects that benefit this region and its people.


For more information, please contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, via phone at (865)524-1223, toll-free at (877)524-1223, or email at 


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