$1.3 Million Mobilized For COVID-19 in East Tennessee as Part of $2 Billion Granted by Community Foundations in the U.S.

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) has now mobilized nearly $1.3 million in grant awards to date from funds held by the Foundation for COVID-19 related causes as part of its #COVIDgiveWhereYouLive campaign. This includes grant recommendations made by fundholders of donor advised funds, field-of-interest funds, affiliate funds, and ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N).

Nationally, U.S. community foundations have helped those impacted by COVID-19 with more than $2 billion to support on-the-ground efforts by nonprofits. This figure includes funds managed by nearly 600 community foundations that have provided data as part of an ongoing study by the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative of grantmaking activities during COVID-19.

ETF has raised over $1 million for N2N. Since making our first grant on March 19, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $541,000 to nonprofit organizations serving 28 counties from this fund alone.

We know all nonprofits in our community have been affected in some way and we continue to work diligently to exercise flexibility and ease requirements for our grant recipients, past and present. In addition to the grants listed below, we have awarded grants to organizations applying for COVID-19 related assistance from other qualifying funds as available.

Grants from N2N have been awarded to the following organizations:

A Place at the Table

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee

Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Inc. (ADFAC, Inc.)

ARC Knox County

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Bijou Theatre Center

Blairland Baptist Church

Blount County Community Action Agency, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau

Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains

Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley

Bridge Refugee Services

CASA of Campbell County, Inc.

Centro Hispano

Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Cherokee Health Systems

Clinch-Powell RC&D Council

Cokesbury United Methodist Church

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Community Shares

Compassion Counseling

Concord United Methodist Church

Cosby Elementary School

Covenant Counseling Center

CROSS Food Ministry

Crumley House Head Injury Rehabilitation

Dogwood Arts

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, Inc.

Emerald Charter Schools

Empower Cocke County

First Baptist Church Lenoir City

First Presbyterian Church – Johnson City

First Tennessee Human Resource Agency

First United Methodist Church – Oak Ridge

FISH Hospitality Pantries, Inc.

Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, Inc.

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc.

Girls Inc. of Hamblen County

Good Neighbors of Blount County

Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County

Grassy Fork Elementary School

Greater Kingsport Family YMCA

Great Smoky Mountains Institute, Inc.

Hawkins County Schools

Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation

HOLA Lakeway

Hope Springs Adult Day Care Center

Holston Conference Foundation

InterFaith Health Clinic

International Storytelling Center

Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

Johnson County Senior Center

Knox County Schools

Knoxville Area Urban League

Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

Knoxville-Knox County CAC

Knoxville Family Justice Center

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Opera Company

Knoxville Symphony Society, Incorporated

L5 Foundation

Lenoir City Schools

Little Ponderosa Zoo

Loudon County Habitat for Humanity

Loudon County Schools

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Monroe County Boxing Club

Mooresburg Community Association

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc.

Museum of Appalachia

New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center

Next Step Initiative

Of One Accord Inc.

Overcoming Believers Church

PJ Parkinson’s Support Group of Blount County

Positively Living

Pregnancy Resource Center

RIO Revolution Church

Roane County Heritage Commission

Roane State Community College Foundation

Salvation Army, Louisville

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc.

Sertoma Center, Inc.


Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR)

Shora Foundation


Spay Campbell County Tennessee Pets

The Change Center

The Crumley House Head Injury Rehabilitation

The River of First Presbyterian Church

Two Rivers Church

United Way Elizabethton/Carter County

United Way of Anderson County

United Way of Blount County

United Way of Knox County

United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Vine School Health Center

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency

Wesley House Community Center

Women of MC

Woodland Community Development Corporation

YMCA of East Tennessee

YWCA Knoxville

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