Mount Rest Fund

In 2021, East Tennessee Foundation will be awarding Mount Rest Fund grants through a simplified and expedited process to address impacts of COVID-19 on women and/or children in Knox County.

In 1894, Mount Rest Home was started by a group of forward-thinking women, at their own expense, as a residence for elderly ladies in Knoxville who had very little funds or family to care for them. The devoted women of the board of Mount Rest Home cooked and sold lunches at Thanksgiving to raise funds to support the home, and they tended to every need of the house and the ladies who lived there.

Although the lovely home eventually closed, many of the daughters and granddaughters of the original board members have continued to provide for the welfare of women and children in Knox County. They established the Mount Rest Foundation in 1994 and then the Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation in 2004 to continue and secure their families’ legacy of caring for Knox County’s women and children.

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Application Process

The online application will be available March 19, 2021.
The deadline to submit is April 9, 2021.

Grant Terms and Amounts

Grants will be awarded in May 2021 for one-year terms and may be up to $10,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Mount Rest Fund:

  • Applicant organization must serve women and/or children in Knoxville or Knox County;
  • Under special circumstances, grants will be made to institutions outside Knox County for programs that are operated within or provide direct benefit to residents of the county; and
  • Schools and churches are ineligible for funding.

Areas of Focus

National issues brought to the forefront in 2020 continue to devastate our nation and region in 2021. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic began to paralyze our world literally and figuratively in March 2020, and they have not diminished as much as we had hoped. COVID-19 data has shown racial inequities in the severity of its impacts, with people of color disproportionally affected, infected, and dying from COVID-19.

For these reasons, East Tennessee Foundation will focus Mount Rest Fund grantmaking on supporting projects benefitting women and/or children in Knox County which address one or both of the following:
- Impacts of COVID-19
- Impacts of COVID-19 exacerbated by racial discrimination

Due to financial hardships faced by nonprofit organizations resulting from COVID-19, up to 50% of funding requested may be used to support an organization's administrative and operating expenses.

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 toll-free (877) 524-1223

Thank you for your interest in the Mount Rest Fund!