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CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund

CNS Y-12 Grantee Reception Video

A Corporate Donor Advised Fund of East Tennessee Foundation

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), the contractor at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX, established funds at East Tennessee Foundation and Amarillo Area Foundation as part of their commitment to the host communities of Amarillo and Oak Ridge, as well as their local counties and regions. By establishing the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund at ETF, CNS has created opportunities for its employees to award grants benefiting nonprofit organization in their 20-county service area in East Tennessee, which includes but is not limited to the City of Oak Ridge, and Anderson and Roane counties. (20 counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union)

With the leadership of an employee-based CNS Y-12 Investment Advisory Committee, CNS employees will have the opportunity to recommend grant support where the need is the greatest and the resources are best allocated.

Application Process

The online application will be available September 1, 2016, and the submission deadline will be October 7, 2016.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants will be awarded in January 2017 for one-year terms and generally range from $500 - $10,000.

Technical Assistance Workshop

Interested organizations are encouraged to attend a technical assistance workshop which will provide valuable insight into the grantmaking process and the type of programs that CNS Y-12 seeks to fund. The workshop will be on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.  Attendance is encouraged but not required for funding consideration.

Application Information

Who May Apply

  • General Eligibility and Funding Criteria
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund
    • Grant funds may NOT be requested to support the purchase of computers, chromebooks or tablets
    • Organizations that previously received grants from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund MAY reapply.
Funding preference will be given to proposals that effectively address one or more of the following priorities:
Education: Projects/programs that enhance educational opportunities for East Tennesseans of all ages. This may include programs that teach life skills, career skills, financial skills, or enhance academic education
Senior Citizens: Projects/programs that provide transportation, housing, food, health, or that address other issues affecting our region's senior adults
Veterans: Projects/programs that provide services/programs for veterans and/or their families
Youth: Projects/programs that contribute to the health and welfare of our area’s youth, ages newborn - 18 years

How to Apply

  • Logon Page to Access Application and Report Forms

Additional Information

Please direct your questions to:
Jan Elston
Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Thank you for your interest in CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund