The John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County

An affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation

The John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County (Fund for Monroe County) was established through a generous gift by Monroe County natives, John and his sister, Louise. Louise and John’s desire to help secure advanced educational opportunities for students and leave a philanthropic legacy dedicated to improving the lives of residents of Monroe County became a reality in 1998 with the establishment of a permanent charitable endowment for Monroe County. The Fund was created to benefit the economic, social, cultural, and educational well-being of Monroe County residents and their communities. Grants from the Fund are intended to encourage creative use of area resources and contribute to the quality of life of Monroe County residents.

Application Process

As of summer 2021, details about the next application process and grant cycle have not yet been determined. Please continue to check back with ETF.

Grant Amounts and Term

Grants were awarded in July 2020 for two-year terms and generally ranged from $2,500 to $10,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Fund for Monroe County:

  • Applicant organizations must have a local presence in Monroe County; directly serve people who live and work in Monroe County; and have Monroe County citizen involvement in the organization as volunteers, staff, or board members. 
  • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 30% of the funding requested.
  • Required: funds requested must have a 10% match. Match may be in cash, in-kind donations of goods and/or services, or a combination of both.

Special consideration will be given to: 

Organizations that collaborate as they engage in projects that benefit Monroe County and its communities.

How to Apply

Additional Information

For questions about the online grant application system, please contact:
Ashley Siferd Butler, Program Officer
For questions about the Fund for Monroe County, please contact:
Jill Murphy, Regional Advancement Officer

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 the Fund for Monroe County through our automated giving site or by mailing a check.

Thank you for your interest in the Fund for Monroe County!