Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) Initiates Grantmaking 

April 02, 2020

Applications for grants from the Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF), an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) are now being accepted.  Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for collaborative projects and programs which benefit residents of Washington County.  Grants to be awarded will total $100,000 and will support two-year projects beginning November 1, 2020.  Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted by May 15, 2020 to be considered for funding.   

Eligible applicants must submit a collaborative project which serves Washington County residents.  The applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities such as units of government or public schools.  Priority consideration will be given to collaborative applications which address “Life Literacy” which can be defined as skills which children, youth, and adults must possess in order to thrive and succeed. These include:

 Knowledge of nutritious foods and access to those foods

 Knowledge of healthy habits and routines and access to healthcare (preventative)

 Caring, nurturing adults who provide stimulating and explorative environments during the early years (birth to 5)

 Opportunities to develop reading and literacy skills, for education and enjoyment

 How to successfully manage and operate one’s household

 Sound financial decision-making: budgeting, financial planning, and choices for now/future success

 Independence, self-sufficiency, and survival skills

 Knowledge of and participation in activities which promote citizenship, volunteerism,and leadership to create a sense of community belonging and responsibility

*In addition to these approaches, we welcome proposals which outline the significance of life literacy skills in addressing any disproportionate impact on our Washington County residents caused by the recent and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For an overview of the grants program and access to the application, visit etf.org/WCCF-grant.

It is hoped that a technical assistance workshop will be provided.  This is contingent upon the status of the COVID-19 crisis in our region.  Please visit etf.org/Washington for updates.    

Washington County Community Foundation was established in 1994 in memory of the Harris Family of Johnson City.  WCCF collaborates with diverse community partners to promote a culture of health and wellness that enables Washington County residents to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.  Current WCCF Advisory Board Members are:  Adam Dickson, Dr. Randy Wykoff, Cathy Chang, Chloe Campbell, and Marcy Walker.

East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee. With the mission of providing philanthropic leadership inspiring donors to make lives better and communities stronger in enduring ways across generations, ETF administers numerous affiliate funds, including the Washington County Community Foundation.

For more information, please contact Trudy Hughes, Vice President for Regional Advancement, at thughes@etf.org or Ashley Siferd, Program Officer, at asiferd@etf.org