Target Lasting Change Grant Initiative


The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting 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.

The Community Foundation has identified the issue area of Increased Economic Opportunity as the focus for this initiative.  Increased Economic Opportunity is the result of any project or program that improves standards of living in our community. This can be addressed by many different approaches. The Community Foundation welcomes creative approaches aimed at improving life in Knox County.


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.


Letters of Inquiry (LOI) will be accepted through the Community Foundation’s online grant portal. This is intended to be a brief overview of how the organization would use funding to make an impact on Knox County. LOIs must be submitted by May 26, 2021. After review by the TLC Grant Committee, finalist(s) will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Finalists will be asked to present their proposal to the Knox County Community Foundation Advisory Board at their August 11, 2021 meeting before final funding decisions are made.

Award Announcement

Award announcement is expected to be made Fall 2021.

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.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline

May 26, 2021 (must be submitted through our online grant portal)