Mount Rest Fund Announces Grant Opportunity to Benefit Women and Children in Knox County

February 11, 2019

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is now accepting applications for funding from the Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation. Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or government entities and submit proposals that directly serve women and/or children in Knox County. 

Grant funds will be awarded to nonprofit organizations whose projects protect and empower Knox County women and children who currently are or who are most at risk of becoming victims of discrimination and hate. 

Applications must be submitted online to ETF no later than March 8, 2019.  Grant awards will primarily range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Two-year grants will be awarded in May 2019.

To learn more about the Mount Rest Fund application process, and to access to the online application, visit ETF’s website at        

In 1894, Mount Rest Home was started by a group of forward-thinking women at their own expense, as a residence for elderly ladies who had very little funds or family to care for them. The women of the board of Mount Rest Home raised funds to support the home and they tended to every need of the house and the ladies who lived there.  The women of Mount Rest Home continued to provide for the welfare of women and children in Knox County by establishing the Mount Rest Foundation in 1994. The Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation was established in 2004 to secure their families’ legacy of caring for Knox County’s women and children.

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