East Tennessee Foundation Announces $272,225 in Grant Awards to Combat the Ongoing Impacts of Adverse Child Experiences (ACEs)

December 04, 2019

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) announces grant recipients from the Youth Endowment and the Youth Endowment Foster Care Scholarship funds of East Tennessee Foundation.  Twenty-three (23) grants totaling $274,225 were awarded to nonprofit organizations located in 12 counties that are combatting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), stressful or traumatic events in a child's life.  Grants were awarded to support ACEs training education and staff development; implementation of ACEs services, or community education about ACEs.

The Youth Endowment Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in 1987 to serve as a perpetual source of funds to address challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee. The Youth Endowment Foster Care Scholarship Fund was established at ETF in 1994 to address issues affecting foster care for at-risk children and youth. Since 1987, $3.5 million has funded innovative programs for the region’s at-risk youth.

Grants from the Youth Endowment Fund have been awarded for two years to the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley; Campbell County Board of Education; Centro Hispano; Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Community Health of East Tennessee; Girls Inc. of Tennessee Valley; Greene County School System; Hamblen County Foundation for Educational Excellence and Achievement (HC*Excell); International Storytelling Center; Isaiah 117 House (Youth Endowment Foster Care Scholarship Fund); Knox County Schools; Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Mane Support, Inc.; Metro Drug Coalition; Morgan County Career & Technical Center; ridin’ high, inc.; Rural Resources; Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR); Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.; The Change Center; The Restoration House of East Tennessee; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Woodland Community Development Corp.

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 by email at jelston@etf.org.