Wildlife Preservation Fund

East Tennessee Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Environment

Applicant type: Government Entity, College / University, Nonprofit, Hospital / Clinic, Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Knox County, Tennessee

Location of residency: Knox County, Tennessee

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Wildlife Preservation Fund

Wildlife Preservation Fund 2020 grants will help ensure the continuity and sustainability of our region's organizations by awarding emergency grants through a simplified and expedited application and process to meet some of the critical Knox County, TN wildlife preservation needs created by COVID-19.

East Tennessee Foundation is directing Wildlife Preservation Fund applicants to complete and submit the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund application. There will not be a separate Wildlife Preservation Fund application this year. 

The Wildlife Preservation Fund was established in 1991 to "foster the natural beauty of the community in which we live (Knox County) and to conserve for the general public and posterity certain areas of land in a natural state as a scenic area, a sanctuary for plants, trees, animals, birds and other wildlife, and a protected watershed."

Applications are available and can be completed at any time.    At this time, there is no submission deadline. Applications will be considered for funding on a rolling, weekly basis.

Grant Amount and Term

  • Limited funding is available.
  • Grants will be awarded for one-year terms.
  • Funds may be used as needed by organizations to support Knox County, TN wildlife preservation issues, to keep "the lights on," staff supported, and other essential operational needs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 the Wildlife Preservation Fund:
    • Organizations must be located in and propose projects that benefit wildlife/the environment in Knox County (TN)
    • Proposed projects must hold the premises as a natural scenic area and as a sanctuary for birds and wildlife
    • There must be no improvement on or changes to the natural condition of the property and the watershed


  • 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