Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund

General Description

Established in 2014 as a field-of-interest fund to improve healthcare and wellbeing for Jefferson County residents.

Application Process

Dates and information about the 2024 grant cycle are not yet available. The information should be posted by the end of July 2024.

Grant Amounts and Terms

Grants were awarded in November 2023 for ten-month terms, and the amounts generally ranged from $5,000 to $50,000.

The grant term is November 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024.

Areas of Focus

Funding priorities are intentionally broad so that applicants can exercise creativity and innovation in how they define and address healthcare and wellbeing issues for Jefferson County residents.

Please note: Special funding consideration will be given to projects that extend healthcare and wellbeing opportunities to Jefferson County residents who are underserved and low-income.

Example projects may include those that:
  • Provide affordable and accessible healthcare (i.e. physical, mental, dental, and vision care)
  • Address healthcare workforce shortages that impact access to care
  • Provide assistance for residents without available or reliable transportation to medical appointments and healthcare facilities
  • Improve poor health literacy, which impacts patients’ ability to understand health information and instructions
  • Provide preventive services including early detection of health issues
  • Address opioid drug addiction
  • Purchase essential medical equipment
  • Provide residents with access to affordable, healthy food, and/or gardening supplies
  • Increase residents’ wellbeing and comfort by providing warm clothing, air conditioners, and/or heaters
  • Promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles
  • Provide caregiver support


Funding requests up to $100,000 may be considered for projects that require major purchases of medical equipment or other improvements in order to succeed.

Who May Apply

  • Click here for General Eligibility and Funding Criteria.
  • Although proposals must directly relate to the healthcare and wellbeing needs of Jefferson County residents, organizations do not have to be located in Jefferson County in order to be eligible to apply.

Additional Information

Please direct your questions to:
Ashley Siferd Butler, Director of Competitive Grants, or
Rachel Schott, Director of Scholarships
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or toll-free (877) 524-1223