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Youth Endowment Grant Program

Grants to East Tennessee Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Community Services for Children and At-Risk Youth

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East Tennessee Foundation (ETF)

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Grants generally ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to East Tennessee nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies for projects to prevent, address, and mitigate the effects of traumatic childhood experience. Funding is intended for community education, implementation of support services, and staff training and development.

Grants will be awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations or government entities within the Foundation's 25-county service area whose proposed projects address one or more of the following priorities which will help prevent, lessen the impact of, and/or treat youth who have faced ACEs in East Tennessee:

Training, Education, and Staff Development. Providing learning opportunities for staff, board members, and volunteers at nonprofit organizations that serve at-risk populations of youth. Examples of eligible programs include:
- Programs that help staff recognize, appropriately respond, and reduce the stress of children whose parents are going through or have divorced or separated
- Programs that train staff in preschools, daycare centers, after-school programs, and/or youth and community centers to recognize symptoms of child abuse or neglect
- Trauma training for teachers

Implementation of ACEs Services. Providing emotional and psychological support for youth who suffer from ACEs. Example of eligible programs include:
- Home visits to pregnant women and families with newborns
- Suicide prevention programs for youth at their schools and/or after-school programs
- Drug and alcohol prevention programs
- Substance abuse prevention education and resources
- Anti-bullying/cyberbullying programs for youth
- Alternatives to gang violence

Community Education. Raising public awareness and knowledge about ACEs. Examples of eligible programs include:
- Parent training programs
- Teen pregnancy prevention and teen parenting programs
- Educational programs in rural communities where there is a scarcity of adequate resources
- Involve youth in anti-drug and substance abuse campaign
- Education about health consequences of ACEs
- Literature about ACEs displayed and available in doctors' offices, libraries, schools, and other public gathering places

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135962

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for two-year terms.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must have and be able to provide documentation to verify the following:
- Confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government , or educational institution. New or emerging groups that do not have nonprofit status may apply if they have an established nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor.
- Employee Identification Number (EIN).
- Legal name of organization, address, and contact information (phone, fax, email address).
- Primary contact person and title.
- List of staff administering the project.
- Most recent financial statements and/or most recent audit and/or IRS Form 990.
- Current year operating budget.
- List of current board of directors or equivalent governing body.
- Confirmation that the organization operates and is organized so as to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or other characteristics as identified in the Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.

The following types of requests will not be funded:
- Projects that have explicit religious content, express a particular religious view, or advance a religious purpose
- Debt retirement or budget deficits
- Endowment funds or general fundraising campaigns
- Capital improvements
- Grants to individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:
- Letter of Intent (LOI) available - April 15, 2019
- LOI submission deadline - May 24, 2019
- Invited full application - organizations notified in mid-July 2019
- Application submission deadline - mid-August 2019

Grants will be awarded in Fall 2019.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Please direct your questions to:
Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, at
Ashley Siferd, Program Officer, at

East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or (877) 524-1223

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington Counties