Norris Area Community Foundation

An Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation

The idea for a Norris Area community foundation first arose when a Norris citizen, after learning about a community foundation in Montana, realized that a community foundation provides for an area's charitable and philanthropic needs. After hearing about the potential of a Norris Area community foundation, the Norris Lions Club formed a committee to explore the creation of a Foundation for the Norris area. In April 2014, Norris Areas Community Foundation's (NACF) Kick-Off Fundraiser was held at the Museum of Appalachia.

Application Process

The application process has closed.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants were awarded in March 2018 for one-year terms and ranged from $1,000 - $2,500. 

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Norris Area Community Foundation:

  • Applicant organizations must have a local presence and propose a project that will benefit the citizens of Norris and the surrounding unincorporated communities of Andersonville, Bethel, and Fairview areas of Anderson County.
  • Funded projects must demonstrate a significant impact on the community via qualitative and quantitative data/information.
  • Funds requested must be matched by at least 10% of funding requested. The match may be in cash and/or in-kind donations of goods and services.

Funding preference will be given to proposals which embody one of the following priorities:

  • Veteran recognition projects and/or services
  • Education projects, programs, and/or services
  • Youth suicide prevention projects, programs, and/or services

How to Apply

Additional Information

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

To Make a Donation to this Fund

Click HERE for information about making a donation to Norris Area Community Foundation through our automated giving site or by mailing a check.

Thank you for your interest in the Norris Area Community Foundation!