East Tennessee Foundation Reaches One Million Dollar Threshold to Combat Critical Needs Created by COVID-19

May 29, 2020

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) has raised over $1,000,000 for its Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N). Since making our first grant on March 19, the Foundation has made 87 grants totaling over $415,000 to nonprofit organizations serving 28 counties, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are awarded on a weekly basis as the Foundation expedites its funding to support nonprofits and the people they serve.

ETF has responded quickly to provide disaster response and relief. The Foundation knows from experience that we also have a long road of recovery ahead. Therefore, we are planning a three phased approach. Approximately 40% of the grants may be awarded to assist with critical and immediate needs created by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These may include but are not limited to food, housing, utilities, and health (physical & mental/emotional) needs. Approximately 30% may be awarded to assist with recurring critical needs, as well as lost revenue and continued operations of essential nonprofit services. We also estimate approximately 30% may be awarded to support long-term needs created by the pandemic, as well as support for nonprofit organizations’ long-term stability for their operations.

In total, ETF has mobilized a total of over $865,000 in grant awards to date from funds held by the Foundation for COVID-19 related causes as part of its #COVIDgiveWhereYouLive campaign. This includes grant recommendations made by fundholders of donor advised funds, field-of-interest funds, affiliate funds, and ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N).

      Grants from N2N have been awarded to the following organizations:

A Place at the Table

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee

Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Inc. (ADFAC, Inc.)

Arc Knox County

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Bijou Theatre Center

Blairland Baptist Church

Blount County Community Action Agency, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains

Bridge Refugee Services

Centro Hispano

Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Cherokee Health Systems

Clinch-Powell RC&D Council

Cokesbury United Methodist Church

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Community Shares

Compassion Counseling

Concord United Methodist Church

Cosby Elementary School

Covenant Counseling Center

CROSS Food Ministry

Crumley House Head Injury Rehabilitation

East Tennessee Children's Hospital

East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, Inc.

Empower Cocke County

First Baptist Church Lenoir City

First Presbyterian Church - Johnson City

First Tennessee Human Resource Agency

First United Methodist Church - Oak Ridge

FISH Hospitality Pantries, Inc.

Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, Inc.

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc.

Good Neighbors of Blount County

Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA

Hawkins County Schools

Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation

HOLA Lakeway

Hope Springs Adult Day Care Center

International Storytelling Center

Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

Knox County Schools

Knoxville Family Justice Center

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Opera Company

Knoxville Symphony Society, Incorporated

L5 Foundation

Loudon County Habitat for Humanity

Loudon County Schools

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Mooresburg Community Association

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc.

Museum of Appalachia

New Hope Blount County Children's Advocacy Center

Of One Accord Inc

Pregnancy Resource Center

RIO Revolution Church

Roane State Community College Foundation

Salvation Army, Louisville

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc.


Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR)

Spay Campbell County Tennessee Pets

The Change Center

Two Rivers Church

United Way Elizabethton/Carter County

United Way of Anderson County

United Way of Blount County

United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency

Wesley House Community Center

Woodland Community Development Corporation

YWCA Knoxville

For more information on how to donate or apply for a grant, visit www.easttennesseefoundation.org.