Margaret M. and Harley H. Wachs Youth Leadership Fund Grant

East Tennessee Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $300 - US $600

Fields of work: Youth Development & Leadership

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Johnson County, Tennessee

Location of residency: Johnson County, Tennessee

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Margaret M. and Harley H. Wachs Youth Leadership Fund

The Margaret M. and Harley H. Wachs Youth Leadership Fund (Wachs Youth Leadership Fund) was established in 2001 by their son, Peter, and daughter-in-law, Joy Wachs, in memory of Peter’s mother and father. The Fund was created for the benefit of young people in Johnson County to provide travel and leadership opportunities that will enhance their knowledge and expand their abilities to become active, visionary leaders of Johnson County communities. 

Areas of Focus

Successful applicants must engage Johnson County middle and/or high school youth in one or more of the following areas:

  • Involvement in community service projects
  • Participation in leadership roles
  • Travel for leadership development opportunities

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  • Eligible organizations must have and be able to provide documentation to verify the following:
    • Confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government , or educational institution
    • New or emerging groups that do not have nonprofit status may apply if they have an established nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor
    • Employee Identification Number (EIN)
    • Legal name of organization, address and contact information (phone fax, email address)
    • Primary contact person and title
    • List of staff administering the project
    • Most recent financial statements and/or most recent audit and/or IRS Form 990
    • Current year operating budget
    • List of current board of directors or equivalent governing body
    • Confirmation that the organization operates and is organized so as to not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or other characteristics as identified in the Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to Wachs Youth Leadership Fund:
    • Under special circumstances, grants will be made to institutions outside Johnson County for program that are operated within or provide direct benefit to youth of the county
    • Applicant organizations must primarily function to serve middle and high school-aged youth or be an organization whose programs have demonstrated the ability to serve this population
    • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 30% of the funding requested


  • Special consideration will be given to organizations whose programs engage youth through leadership skills development with community organizations, schools groups and other youth-focused establishments


  • The following types of requests will NOT be funded:
    • Projects that have explicit religious content, express a particular religious view or advance a religious purpose
    • Debt retirement or budget deficits
    • Endowment funds or general fundraising campaigns
    • Capital improvements
    • Grants to individuals

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This page was last reviewed September 26, 2023 and last updated September 26, 2023