Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund - GIVE NOW OR APPLY NOW

An unprecedented amount has been awarded in just 4 months

ETF's Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund provides timely disaster grants to nonprofit organizations in our 25-county region in East Tennessee and is currently activated for the COVID-19 national emergency. ETF seeks to provide emergency funds to nonprofit organizations to meet some of the critical needs created by COVID-19 and is currently accepting applications.
Please note: On a very limited basis, grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in Cumberland, Meigs, and Rhea counties.


 or recommend a grant from your ETF donor advised fund

To apply for a grant from the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund, please see the instructions below. ETF provides grants to 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations, units of government, or educational institutions. We are restricted by law and therefore unable to provide grants directly to individuals.


Application Instructions

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Phase I  Grants may be awarded to assist with critical and immediate needs created by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These may include but are not limited to food, housing, utilities, and health (physical & mental/emotional) needs.

Phase II  Grants may be awarded to assist with recurring critical needs, as well as lost revenue and continued operations of essential nonprofit services.

Phase III  Grants may be awarded to support ongoing critical needs and continued operations as well as support for nonprofit organizations’ operations return to pre-COVID status (or alternatively newly-emerging post-COVID status).


Please direct your questions to:
Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, or
Ashley Siferd Butler, Program Officer, or
Trudy Hughes, Vice President for Regional Advancement
East Tennessee Foundation
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223

Make checks payable to "East Tennessee Foundation" with "Neighbor to Neighbor" in the memo line and mail to:
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Thank you for your interest in the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund.