Youth Endowment Grants Program

East Tennessee Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 21, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 11, 2019 (Full proposal)

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Tennessee: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Carter County, Claiborne County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Tennessee: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Carter County, Claiborne County Expand all

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Youth Endowment Grants Program

East Tennessee Foundation’s Youth Endowment was created in 1987 to serve as a perpetual source of funds to address challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee. The fund supports creative solutions to problems that place our region's youth at risk. In 2017, the Foundation will focus its Youth Endowment grantmaking on helping at-risk youth gain access to more opportunities in life and acquire knowledge and skills which greatly improve their chances to be successful.

Grants will be awarded to eligible nonprofit organization or government entities within our 25-county service area whose proposed projects address one or more of the following priorities: 

Equal opportunities

Disparity may result from:

  • biased treatment of ethnic and racial minority youth;
  • socioeconomic inequality; or
  • real or perceived obstacles to accessing opportunities.

Examples of eligible programs include:

  • Affordable quality early childhood programs for at-risk populations.
  • Programs that teach at-risk youth how to effectively use and understand technology.
  • Bilingual programs (ESL) designed to help at-risk youth (and their families) become proficient in speaking English and understanding customs unfamiliar to them.
  • Programs that bring positive attention to the social, personal, and cultural assets of ethnic, sexual, and racial minority youth.
  • Programs for youth with learning and/or physical limitations or disabilities.
  • Reducing barriers that prevent at-risk youth from achieving their goals of graduating, and being employed.
  • Expanding access to the Internet for at-risk youth.

Life, career, and financial skills

Essential to help youth become independent and employed. Examples of eligible programs are those that promote: 

  • Parenting skills for parents and grandparents of at-risk youth.
  • Career training skills, such as time management, resume writing, computer skills, job search and interview skills.
  • Skills in developing healthy life choices, such as nutritious cooking, eating, and physical activity.
  • Financial management skills, such as developing a budget, balancing a checkbook, saving and investing, or purchasing skills.
  • Reading, research, and writing (literacy) skills, including those needed to complete school and job applications.
  • Exposure to career opportunities through field trips, outreach programs, and guest speakers.

STEM educational opportunities.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that over 50% of jobs created in the future will require a background in math, science and technology. Examples of eligible programs that develop these skills for at-risk youth include:

  • Introducing girls to science and engineering
  • Addressing the disparity in access to STEM enrichment programs
  • Training teachers to effectively teach STEM courses
  • Enrichment summer programs for youth to explore engineering, computer science, physics, etc. 

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 Youth Endowment:
    • Applicant organizations must primarily function to serve children and youth or be an organization whose programs have demonstrated the ability to serve this population
    • Organizations must be located in and serve constituents in ETF’s 25-county service area
      • Under special circumstances, grant will be made to institutions outside the Foundation’s 25-county service area for programs that are operated within or provide direct benefit to residents of the 25 counties
    • Salary or administrative support must not exceed 50% of the funding requested


  • The Foundation generally does not fund requests: from outside our service area, from non-qualified charities, or from individuals; or for ongoing operating budgets; capital and endowment-building campaigns; debt retirement; small businesses, business start-up or advertising.

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