Washington County Community Foundation

An Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation

The Washington County Community Foundation (previously the Harris Fund for Washington County) was endowed by Ms. Eva Stanley Harris, a Washington County native, in memory of the Harris Family of Johnson City, to honor their spirit of philanthropy and legacy of community service. The Fund’s aim is to provide support for innovative programs that will benefit Washington County and its people. The Fund encourages creative use of area resources and promotes the improvement of the quality of life of Washington County residents.

To learn more about Washington County Community Foundation, including its history, please visit the Washington County Community Foundation webpage.

Application Process

The online application will be available April 1, 2020.
The deadline to submit is May 15, 2020.

Grant Amounts and Term

The maximum amount to be awarded will not exceed $100,000. The number and amount of grants to be awarded will be recommended by the Washington County Community Foundation Advisory Board. Grants are for two-year terms.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional criteria specific to the Washington County Community Foundation

Preference will be given to collaborative proposals which involve the work and service of at least two or more organizations. Proposals must embody one of the following priorities:

Life Literacy* is defined as skills which children, youth, and adults must possess in order to thrive
and succeed. These include:
  • Knowledge of nutritious foods and access to those foods
  • Knowledge of healthy habits and routines and access to healthcare (preventative)
  • Caring, nurturing adults who provide stimulating and explorative environments during the early years (birth to 5)
  • Opportunities to develop reading and literacy skills, for education and enjoyment
  • Information to successfully manage and operate one’s household
  • Sound financial decision-making: budgeting, financial planning, and choices for now/future success
  • Independence, self-sufficiency, and survival skills
  • Knowledge of and participation in activities which promote citizenship, volunteerism, and leadership to create a sense of community belonging and responsibility

*In addition to these approaches, we welcome proposals which outline the significance of life literacy skills in addressing any disproportionate impact caused by the recent and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our Washington County residents.

A successful application will propose projects or programs that:
  • only serve residents of Washington County
  • address currently unmet needs 
  • do not include programs or services currently provided and funded via general operations budgets 
  • are the collaborative work and service of at least two or more organizations
  • have at least a 20% match of funding requested (cash, in-kind donations of goods and/or services, or a combination of both)
  • demonstrate a significant impact on the community via qualitative and quantitative data/information (measurable deliverables)
  • demonstrate a viable sustainability plan for funding future operations beyond the initial two-year grant period (WCCF will not entertain a 2nd funding request as it will be looking to other project opportunities for future grant funding)

How to Apply

Additional Information

For questions about the online grant application system, please contact:
Ashley Siferd Butler, Program Officer
For questions about the Washington County Community Foundation, please contact:
Trudy Hughes, Vice President for Regional Advancement

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 Washington County Community Foundation through our automated giving site or by mailing a check.

Thank you for your interest in the Washington County Community Foundation!