Respiratory Disease Fund

The Respiratory Disease Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in 1991, having been derived from memorial trusts which were combined in 1974 to establish the fund. Funds from the trust are intended to be used for purposes directly related to the diagnosis, research, treatment, education, prevention, and cure of respiratory disease in Knox County, TN.

Application Process

In 2020, Respiratory Disease Fund grants helped 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 Knox County, TN respiratory disease needs created by COVID-19.

The application process has closed. Grants will be awarded again in 2022.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants were awarded throughout 2020 as part of the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund application process. Amounts varied and supported needs created by the impacts of COVID-19.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Respiratory Disease Fund:

  • Proposals must directly relate to the reduction of respiratory disease in Knox County
  • Organizations do not have to reside in Knox County in order to be eligible to apply

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 Respiratory Disease Fund!