CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund

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 organizations 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 have the opportunity to recommend grant support where the need is the greatest and the resources are best allocated.

Application Process

The application process has closed. As of spring 2020, details about the next application process and grant cycle have not yet been determined. Please continue to check back with ETF.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants were awarded in fall 2019 for one-year terms and generally ranged from $2,000 - $20,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

Please note the following exceptions:
  • Because CNS Y-12 is a donor advised fund, applicant organizations are not required to provide their most recent financial statements and/or audit and/or IRS Form 990; current year operating budget; or list of current board of directors

2019 Funding preference was given to proposals that effectively address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Early Childhood Education (0 - 5 years): Educational programs and opportunities for children, newborn through their preschool years. Issues may include autism and other special needs, parental engagement, early intervention for high risk children and families, access to quality preschool education, enhancing day care programs, and bilingual programs.
  • Elder Care: Meeting the needs and requirements of senior citizens with respect and dignity. Issues range from chronic health and mental health needs, nutrition, elder abuse, transportation, companionship, and stimulating/engaging activities.
  • Adult Workforce Development/Transition: Knowledge and skills to strengthen opportunities for adults to work, particularly those who are overcoming obstacles such as incarceration, substance abuse, mobility and disability issues, homelessness, literacy, limited education, or other disadvantages.

How to Apply

Additional Information

Please direct your questions to:
Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, or
Ashley Siferd Butler, Program Officer
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223

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