CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund

A Corporate Donor Advised Fund of East Tennessee Foundation

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), the contractor at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX, established funds at East Tennessee Foundation and Amarillo Area Foundation as part of their commitment to the host communities of Amarillo and Oak Ridge, as well as their local counties and regions.

By establishing the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund at ETF, CNS has created opportunities for its employees to award grants benefiting nonprofit organizations in their 20-county service area in East Tennessee, which includes but is not limited to the City of Oak Ridge, and Anderson and Roane counties. (20 counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union)

With the leadership of an employee-based CNS Y-12 Investment Advisory Committee, CNS employees have the opportunity to recommend grant support where the need is the greatest and the resources are best allocated.

Application Process

The application process for 2021 has closed. Details about the next application process and grant cycle have not yet been determined. Please continue to check back with ETF.

2021 funding preference was given to proposals that effectively address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Mental Health - with emphasis on substance abuse issues. Projects that address the increasing number of adolescents and adults who have been suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and illicit drug use, addiction, and other mental health issues.

  • Critical Needs with emphasis on:
    • Food Insecurity: Projects such as the purchase and distribution of food to individuals and families in need, emergency food pantries, and other ways to provide essential nutritious food;
    • At-Risk Youth: Such as projects addressing children's healthcare and safety, educational issues (such as educational resources and internet access), nutritional needs; and/or
    • Aid to Frontline Workers: Availability of PPE and related supplies, food donations and catered meals, and other forms of aid.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants were awarded in July 2021 for one-year terms and ranged from $2,000 - $10,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

Please note the following exceptions:
  • Because CNS Y-12 is a donor advised fund, applicant organizations are not required to provide their most recent financial statements and/or audit and/or IRS Form 990; current year operating budget; or list of current board of directors

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
(865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223

Thank you for your interest in CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund!