ETF Announces 2010 Grant Opportunities for Local Neighborhood Organizations

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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ETF Announces 2010 Grant Opportunities for Local Neighborhood Organizations

Posted: 01/06/2010
East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), the City of Knoxville Community Development Department, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, and Knoxville City Council are pleased to announce that funding is available through the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program (NSGP) to support projects in 2010. Low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and crime watch groups located in Knoxville are encouraged to apply for grants ranging from $500.00 to $3,000.00. The application deadline is Monday, March 8, 2010 (postmark date).

Organizations eligible for funding must be community-based groups run by residents who develop and execute their own solutions to neighborhood issues and problems. The Neighborhoods Small Grants Program, managed through East Tennessee Foundation, strives to strengthen Knoxville's low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, by supporting a wide range of community-based initiatives through grants and technical assistance.

Proposals which will be given the highest consideration are those which propose projects that will strengthen the capacity of the neighborhood to build social capital, that is, the ability of neighborhood residents to work together for common purposes. The 2010 NSGP will support projects occurring between June 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011.

To be eligible to submit a proposal, each neighborhood organization or crime watch group that is interested in applying for a grant must send at least one representative to the Pre-Application Workshop, unless the group was represented at the Workshop last year. Representatives from all groups are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be held at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street, Knoxville, TN 37917, on Monday, February 8, 2010, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. A neighborhood organization may contact David Massey, Neighborhood Coordinator, to determine if it is low- to moderate-income (one of the eligibility requirements). David may be reached at 865-215-3232 or by e-mail at

NSGP was founded in 1991 from a challenge grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Since its establishment, the program has awarded over $430,000 to local neighborhoods. The program is made possible with funding support from the City of Knoxville's Community Development Department.

The application and guidelines are available online at To request a copy or for information, contact Jan Elston, Senior Program Officer for East Tennessee Foundation, at 865-524-1223 or