Economic Development Fund of East Tennessee

Economic Development Fund 2020 grants will help ensure the continuity and sustainability of our region's organizations by awarding emergency grants through a simplified and expedited application and process to meet some of the critical economic development needs created by COVID-19.

East Tennessee Foundation is directing Economic Development Fund applicants to complete and submit the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund application. There will not be a separate Economic Development Fund application this year. To apply for a grant, please see the instructions below.

The Economic Development Fund of East Tennessee was established at East Tennessee Foundation in 1991 to support charitable and economic programs aimed at fostering regional economic development.

Application Process

Applications are available and can be completed at any time.
At this time, there is no submission deadline. Applications will be considered for funding on a rolling, weekly basis.

Grant Amounts and Term

  • Limited funding is available.
  • Grants will be awarded for one-year terms.
  • Funds may be used as needed by organizations to support regional economic development, to keep "the lights on," staff supported, and other essential operational needs.

Application Information

Who May Apply

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Economic Development Fund of East Tennessee:

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

Thank you for your interest in the Economic Development Fund of East Tennessee!