Youth Endowment Fund

General Description

Supports creative solutions to problems that youth in our region face.

Application Process

Youth Endowment Fund will next award grants in 2025.

For the 2023 grant cycle, East Tennessee Foundation directed Youth Endowment Fund’s grantmaking to support projects which can have an impact on root-cause community problems, especially those created by systemic racism and generational harms. Projects specifically support youth in our 25-county service area and address one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Drivers of health
  • Prevention and/or mitigation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Early childhood education

Grant Amounts and Terms

Grants were awarded in September 2023 for two-year terms and ranged from $5,000 – $20,000.

The grant term is September 15, 2023 – September 14, 2025.

Who May Apply

  • Click here for General Eligibility and Funding Criteria.
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Youth Endowment Fund:
    • Applicant organizations must primarily function to serve children and youth or be an organization whose programs have demonstrated the ability to serve this population.
    • Organizations must be located in and serve constituents in ETF’s 25-county service area.
    • Under special circumstances, grants will be made to institutions outside the Foundation’s 25-county service area for programs that are operated within or provide direct benefit to residents of the 25 counties.
    • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 50% of the funding requested.

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 (877) 524-1223

Check out a previous Youth Endowment grantee’s story here.