Blount Community Fund

An Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation

Blount Community Fund was established in 2016 by a local donor and a group of community leaders who wanted to make a lasting commitment to the people of Blount County by developing a resource to achieve community goals and promote Blount County. The Blount Community Fund is a permanent endowment that has been created to support opportunities to advance and improve the quality of life of the residents of Blount County.

Application Process

The application process has closed. As of spring 2019, details about the next application process and grant cycle have not yet been determined. Please continue to check back with ETF.

Grant Amount and Term

Grants were awarded in December 2018 for one-year terms and generally ranged from $1,000 to $5,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

  • General Eligibility and Funding Criteria
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to Blount Community Fund
    • Applicant organizations must have a local presence in and directly serve residents of Blount County
    • Preference will be given to organizations whose projects are funded by a 20% match of cash and/or in-kind donations

Areas of Focus

Grant applications will be considered for funding award only if in support of technology needs or partnered with professional development needs or a combination of these two focus areas.

Examples of technology needs may include but are not limited to: information technology, equipment, software, and peripherals (e.g., printers, keyboards, mouse, headsets, cameras, microphones). It may also include professional assessment(s) and recommendations for the items listed above as well as cybersecurity assessments/equipment/software.

Professional development may include the staff training to support the utilization of the above technology enhancements/upgrades as well as the ongoing accreditation, certification, and/or licensure required for many nonprofit staff positions. Examples include certification as an art therapist or a domestic violence advocate, a medical provider’s license renewal, or a continued accreditation for a specific type of treatment/therapy (not limited to these examples).

How to Apply

Additional Information

For questions about the online grant application system, please contact:
Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, or
Ashley Siferd, Program Officer
For questions about the Blount Community Fund, please contact:
Trudy Hughes, Vice President for Regional Advancement

East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223

To Make a Donation to this Fund

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

Thank you for your interest in the Blount Community Fund!