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The John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County

An Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation
The John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County (Fund for Monroe County) was established through a generous gift by Monroe County natives, John and his sister, Louise.  Louise and John’s desire to help secure advanced educational opportunities for students and leave a philanthropic legacy dedicated to improving the lives of residents of Monroe County became a reality in 1998 with the establishment of a permanent charitable endowment for Monroe County.  The Fund was created to benefit the economic, social, cultural and educational well-being of Monroe County residents and their communities.  Grants from the Fund are intended to encourage creative use of area resources and contribute to the quality of life of Monroe County residents.

Application Process

The next application process is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Grant Amounts and Term

Two-year grants are awarded. 

Application Information

Who May Apply
  • General Eligibility and Funding Criteria
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Fund for Monroe County:
    • Applicant organizations must have a local presence in Monroe County; directly serve people who live and work in Monroe County; and have Monroe County citizen involvement in the organization as volunteers, staff or board members. 
    • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 30% of the funding requested.
Special consideration will be given to: 
  • Projects that enhance educational opportunities, particularly for the children of Monroe County
  • Projects that encourage and increase food self-sufficiency and good nutrition for Monroe County's residents 
  • Projects that improve the quality of health of Monroe County residents
  • Organizations that collaborate as they engage in projects that benefit Monroe County and its communities
How to Apply

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
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or (877) 524-1223

To Make a Donation to this Fund

Click HERE for information about making a donation to the Fund for Monroe County through our automated giving site or by mailing a check.

Thank you for your interest in the Fund for Monroe County!