Mount Rest Fund

In 1894, Mount Rest Home was started by a group of forward-thinking women, at their own expense, as a residence for elderly ladies in Knoxville who had very little funds or family to care for them. The devoted women of the board of Mount Rest Home cooked and sold lunches at Thanksgiving to raise funds to support the home, and they tended to every need of the house and the ladies who lived there.

Although the lovely home eventually closed, many of the daughters and granddaughters of the original board members have continued to provide for the welfare of women and children in Knox County. They established the Mount Rest Foundation in 1994 and then the Mount Rest Fund of East Tennessee Foundation in 2004 to continue and secure their families’ legacy of caring for Knox County’s women and children.

Mount Rest Fund Video

Application Process

Grants were awarded in May 2021 to address impacts of COVID-19 on women and/or children in Knox County. Grants will be awarded again in 2023 with details about the application process available early in 2023.

Grant Terms and Amounts

Grants are normally awarded for two-year terms and generally range from $5,000 - $20,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to Mount Rest Fund:

  • Applicant organization must serve women and/or children in Knoxville or Knox County;
  • Under special circumstances, grants will be made to institutions outside Knox County for programs that are operated within or provide direct benefit to residents of the county; and
  • Schools and churches are ineligible for funding.

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 toll-free (877) 524-1223

Thank you for your interest in the Mount Rest Fund!