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Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Y-12 Community Investment Fund Grant


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Funding Source
East Tennessee Foundation
Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Y-12 Community Investment Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/07/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for community benefit programs in eligible counties. Funding is intended for activities and projects within the focus areas of youth, people with disabilities, veterans, outdoor recreation, environment, and elder care.

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. The 20 counties served are Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union.

Applications must address one or more of the following funding priorities for the 2023 grant cycle:

  • Support Services for Adolescents, Young Adults, People with Disabilities, and Military: Grant proposals should specify how programs support and mitigate the negative effects of domestic abuse, substance use disorder, mental illness, food insecurity, and housing instability for the populations above.
  • Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Conservation: Grant proposals should aim to preserve, enhance, and encourage the community to take advantage of East Tennessee’s natural beauty. Proposals that incorporate outdoor play, gardening, education, and accessibility will be considered for funding within this focus area.
  • Elder Care: Grant proposals should demonstrate how programs provide direct assistance to seniors in the community. For this focus area, preference will be given to programs that support low-cost, timely medication and transportation services, and to those that support in-home services, activity programs and senior centers, and hospice or palliative care.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are awarded to benefit nonprofit organizations in CNS's 20-county service area in East Tennessee.

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)
- 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:
- Grants to individuals. ETF is restricted by law and therefore unable to provide grants directly to individuals.
- 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

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to submit applications is July 7, 2023.

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will generally range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Grants will be awarded in September 2023 for one-year terms.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please direct your questions to Ashley Siferd Butler, Director of Competitive Grants, at, or Rachel Cosby, Program Officer, at

East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223

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