East Tennessee Organizations Receive Grants for At-Risk Youth


East Tennessee Organizations Receive Grants for At-Risk Youth

East Tennessee Foundation announces recipients of 2017 Youth Endowment Grants


East Tennessee – East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) announces the 23 recipients of the 2017 Youth Endowment Grants Program, with funding support from the Frederic and Dorothea King Cady Memorial Trust and Youth Endowment Foster Care Scholarship Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.  This year, grants totaling $269,200 were awarded to nonprofit organizations whose programs and projects are helping youth-at-risk throughout East Tennessee. 


Grants have been awarded to the following organizations: Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC); Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County; Briceville Elementary School; CASA Corridor of East Tennessee; Centro Hispano de East Tennessee; Counseling and Consultation Services, Inc.; Girls Incorporated of Hamblen County; Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee; Happy Valley Middle School; International Storytelling Center; Joy of Music School; Knoxville Area Urban League (fiscal sponsor for East Knoxville Freedom School); Madisonville Public Library; Mental Health Association of East Tennessee; Michael Dunn Center; Morgan County Career & Technical Center; Rural Resources, Inc.; Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.; Tellico Village Computer Users Club; The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.; The Change Center; Top Wrench; and Woodland Community Development Corporation.


The 2017 grant recipients have presented a variety of programs that fulfill the mission of the Youth Endowment Grants Program. The primary goal of the Endowment is to encourage the development of creative solutions to issues and obstacles faced by at-risk children and youth in East Tennessee. Funding priority was given to organizations whose programs address: 1) equal opportunities; 2) life, career, & financial skills; or STEM educational opportunities.


Created in 1987, the Youth Endowment Grants Program serves as a perpetual source of funds to be used in addressing problems and issues affecting youth in East Tennessee. Since its inception, the program has awarded $3.2 million to area organizations.


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, ETF’s Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs at (865) 524-1223, toll free at (877) 524-1223 or

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