Target Lasting Change Grant Initiative


The Knox County Community Foundation seeks funding requests for its Target Lasting Change (TLC) grant initiative.  Proposed projects must strategically address a pressing community need and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community.

Some of the issues identified as pressing needs within the Knox County community include illegal and prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, poverty, access to affordable infant childcare, and homeownership – but there are undoubtedly many more.  Applicants may choose to apply for funding for projects that focus on one or more of these identified issues or may bring to light other important needs that they believe should be addressed.


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 provided the project is charitable and supports a pressing community need.  However, the organization will be required to obtain a fiscal sponsor to oversee the project and to accept grant monies if awarded.

Fiscal Sponsors

Applications submitted by an entity under the auspices of another agency (designated as a 501(c)(3) public charity) must include a written statement signed by the agency’s board president on behalf of the board of directors agreeing to act as the entity’s fiscal sponsor, to receive grant monies if awarded, and to oversee the proposed project.


The grants committee will review applications and select the projects it wishes to explore in depth.  Representatives from the grants committee will contact each selected organization for a one-on-one discussion of the project and a site visit.  The grants committee will then convene to determine funding and will submit the recommendations to the board of directors of the Community Foundation Alliance.  No lobbying or soliciting of grants committee members or board members outside the stated process will be permitted.

Award Announcement

All organizations that have submitted grant applications will be notified of the outcome of the grants committee’s deliberation in writing no later than November 1, 2016.

Reporting Procedures

A final report at project completion may be required from organizations whose projects are approved for funding. Instructions will be provided at the time the grant is awarded.

Supporting Documents

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: Organization’s current board roster

Attachment 2: Organization’s current annual operating budget

Application Deadline

September 1, 2016