East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) Grantmaking Process

  1. ETF publicizes the Request for Proposals (RFP) – on our website, and through press releases, mass emails, and occasionally with postcards
  2. Letter of Intent (LOI) or application is available online
  3. Technical Assistance workshop is conducted  - optional
  4. ETF monitors online LOI/application activity and works closely with applicants
  5. Submitted LOIs/applications are reviewed for completeness *see note below
  6. Completed applications are sent to grants panel (for field-of-interest funds) or advisory board (for affiliate funds) members for their review and evaluation
  7. Grants panel/advisory board members conduct site visits with applicant organizations
  8. Grants panel/advisory board members attend  an “all-day” grants panel meeting, at the conclusion of which they make their funding determinations (award grants)
  9. Letters are mailed to all applicant organizations, informing them of the status of their  application – award or denial
  10. Grant awards are publicized through press releases, on ETF’s website, and in Connections, ETF’s quarterly publication
  11. Grantee reception is organized to celebrate grant recipients - optional

*If there are LOIs: 

  • ETF staff evaluates each LOI and determines which organizations will be invited to continue the application process
  • Letters are mailed to all organizations, informing them whether they are invited to submit a full application or not
  • Applications are submitted and reviewed for completeness