Funding requests are accepted once each year according to our grant cycle. Funding requirements may change from year to year; therefore, grantseekers are advised to revisit this page prior to beginning the grant application process. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. Grants are made possible by Community Good Unrestricted Funds and Field of Interest Funds which support a wide variety of needs in Knox County.
We consider funding requests for grants on a yearly cycle. The requirements and instructions provided here are to be considered current and accurate only for the duration of the Foundation’s grant cycle, which will run from July through October this year. Funding requests will be accepted from July 12, 2021 through the August 25, 2021 deadline. Applications submitted after the August 25 deadline will not be considered. For the 2021 grant cycle, requests must be focused on a project or program. General support requests will not be eligible for funding. Applications will be accepted for charitable projects/programs of nonprofit organizations.
Grant Program Orientation Meeting
Prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with the Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, Lauren Osmon, to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact Lauren by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an orientation meeting.
The Foundation welcomes funding requests from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the county. Requests from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered for project/program support provided the project/program is charitable and supports a community need.
Organizations applying for a grant under the auspices of a verified 501(c)(3) public charity acting as fiscal sponsor (learn more about fiscal sponsors) are required to provide a written statement signed by the fiscal sponsor’s board president confirming agreement to receive grant monies if awarded and to oversee the proposed program/project.
Program Areas Considered for Funding
Please visit our Program Areas page for details about the kinds of projects and programs supported through our Community Good Grants Program.
- Arts and Culture
- Community Development
- Human Services
- Other Civic Endeavors, such as the Environment, Recreation, and Youth Development
Project Areas NOT Considered for Funding
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Political parties or campaigns
- Endowment creation or debt reduction
- Operating costs (Costs that keep the organization running and the doors open, i.e., general computer software or hardware, staff salary, general office supplies or equipment, utilities, etc. However, operating costs directly related to the program/project of a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered.)
- Capital campaigns (Large capital projects that may take several years to complete where there is no defined area for use of the grant)
- Annual appeals or membership contributions
- Travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or classes
The grants committee will make its recommendations on funding to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance. No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members will be permitted.
All organizations that have submitted grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation in writing by early November.
A final report at project completion may be required by organizations whose requests are approved for funding. Instructions and any required forms will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.
The following supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application (as a Microsoft Office document such as Word or Excel or as a PDF document).
Attachment 1: Current board roster with professional affiliations
Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget
Attachment 3: Most recent financial statement (i.e. Statement of Financial Position and/or Statement of Activities)
Attachment 4: Fiscal sponsor agreement letter, if applicable
August 25, 2021