Youth Endowment Grant Program

Youth Endowment Grantee Video

East Tennessee Foundation’s Youth Endowment supports creative solutions to problems that place our region's youth at risk. In 2019, the Foundation focused its Youth Endowment grantmaking on combatting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), stressful or traumatic events in a child's life. Childhood traumas including, but not limited to, abuse and neglect, experiencing divorce, witnessing domestic violence, death or incarceration of a parent, or living in a household with addictive behaviors, result in long-term health, behavioral, and social problems for the individual and community.

Grants were awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations or government entities within our 25-county service area whose proposed projects address one or more of the following priorities which will help prevent, lessen the impact of, and/or treat youth who have faced ACEs in East Tennessee:

  • Training, Education, and Staff Development. Providing learning opportunities for staff, board members, and volunteers at nonprofit organizations that serve at-risk populations of youth. Examples of eligible programs include:
    • Programs that help staff recognize, appropirately respond, and reduce the stress of children whose parents are going through or have divorced or separated
    • Programs that train staff in preschools, daycare centers, after-school programs, and/or youth and community centers to recognize symptoms of child abuse or neglect
    • Trauma training for teachers
  • Implementation of ACEs Services. Providing emotional and psychological support for youth who suffer from ACEs. Example of eligible programs include:
    • Home visits to pregnant women and families with newborns
    • Suicide prevention programs for youth at their schools and/or after-school programs
    • Drug and alcohol prevention programs
    • Substance abuse prevention education and resources
    • Anti-bullying/cyberbullying programs for youth
    • Alternatives to gang violence
  • Community Education. Raising public awareness and knowledge about ACEs. Examples of eligible programs include:
    • Parent training programs
    • Teen pregnancy prevention and teen parenting programs
    • Educational programs in rural communities where there is a scarcity of adequate resources
    • Involve youth in anti-drug and substance abuse campaign
    • Education about health consequences of ACEs
    • Literature about ACEs displayed and available in doctors' offices, libraries, schools, and other public gathering places

Application Process

The application process has closed. As of spring 2020, details about the next application process and grant cycle have not yet been determined. Please continue to check back with ETF.
Please note: There was a Letter of Intent required prior to submitting an application for the 2019 grant cycle.

Grant amounts and Term

Grants were awarded in fall 2019 for two-year terms and generally ranged from $5,000 - $20,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Youth Endowment:

  • Applicant organizations must primarily function to serve children and youth or be an organization whose programs have demonstrated the ability to serve this population
  • Organizations must be located in and serve constituents in ETF’s 25-county service area
  • Under special circumstances, grants will be made to institutions outside the Foundation’s 25-county service area for programs that are operated within or provide direct benefit to residents of the 25 counties
  • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 50% of the funding requested

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 Youth Endowment