KiMe Fund

The KiMe Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in December 2010 by Steve Hodges after he was diagnosed in 2009 with early onset Parkinson’s Disease. KiMe is shorthand for his two daughters, Kim and Megan. It is symbolic of the drive to cure Parkinson's Disease before the next generation of children is diagnosed.

The KiMe Fund began awarding grants in 2013. Grants are generally awarded for one-year terms. To raise public awareness of the KiMe Fund, grant recipient organizations are required to acknowledge support of the KiMe Fund in all materials and coverage pertaining to their funded projects. The lead researcher will be required to provide a final report and may be requested to provide reasonable periodic reports or presentations.

Application Process

The online application will be available February 14, 2020.
The submission deadline is June 1, 2020. The deadline has been extended from March 16 to June 1.

Grant amounts and Term

Grants will be awarded in summer 2020 for one-year terms and will generally range from $15,000 - $50,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to the KiMe Fund:

  • Research projects must support, or have the potential to support or contribute to finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
  • Administrative support must not exceed 10% of the funding requested. Organizations that fund their administrative expenses independently, or have low administrative expenses, will be considered more favorably.
  • Organizations located outside ETF's 25-county service area are also eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Additional Information

To learn more about the KiMe Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit the fund's website:

To learn more about the KiMe Fund’s grantmaking process, 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 toll-free (877) 524-1223

Thank you for your interest in the KiMe Fund!