KUB is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority on the Community Care Fund to support local initiatives that provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Health, Hunger, & Housing
  • Workforce Development & Training
  • Community Enrichment

KUB is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations within its service territory. 

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Eligibility and Qualification Criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) status
  • Program must be focused on one of the areas listed above
  • Organization must have been active and classified as 501(c)(3) for a minimum of 12 months

Ineligibility Criteria:

  • Contributions to organizations outside KUB's electric service area
  • Endowment funds
  • For-profit organizations
  • Capital campaign programs
  • Contributions to individual citizens
  • Political organizations, including organizations and programs designed to influence legislation, elect candidates to public office, or engage in lobbying activities
  • Private or denominational religious groups, including educational institutions that limit enrollment to those of a particular faith or a religious point of view. Exceptions are those programs that are broadly promoted and available to anyone in the community regardless of religious affiliation
  • Travel or employee salaries
  • Organization cannot include KUB senior executive leadership team as part of their governing board or leadership team

Application Process: 

  • If you have questions, please contact the Community Care Fund selection committee at communitycarefund@kub.org or 865-594-7560. 
  • The KUB selection committee and TVA will review applications and make funding decisions. Funding amounts range from $10,000-$30,000 per organization. Resources are limited and funding is not guaranteed.  
  • If a grant is approved, grantees must submit a final report after funds have been expended. The final report should include a statement on how the funds impacted recipient organization, overall program success, demographic data of clients served (if applicable), and final metrics as defined in the grant application. Failure to submit the final report may exclude organizations from future funding opportunities with KUB. 

Community Care Fund Recipients

In 2023, KUB and TVA provided grants to the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • McNabb Center: Funding to support an alternative peer network for adolescents and young adults who are struggling with substance use or addictive behaviors.
  • Muse Knoxville: Funding to high-quality childcare solutions for low-income families. 
  • East Tennessee Freedom Schools: Funding for a program dedicated to reducing learning loss in summer.
  • InterFaith Health Clinic: Funding for medical, dental, vision, and mental healthcare for low-income patients. 
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine Foundation: Funding for health, housing, and hunger assistance for low-income and minority households.
  • MEDIC Regional Blood Center: Funding to increase sickle cell awareness and increase the diversity of the donated blood supply.
  • Mental Health Association of East Tennessee: Funding to support mental health care services in underserved communities.
  • Special Olympics Tennessee, Greater Knoxville Area: Funding to increase the number of sports offered, increase competitions offered, and increase training programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking: Funding to support human trafficking survivor support programs including emergency food and clothing, daily living supplies, toiletries, first aid items, survivor stipends, and more.
  • Raising a Voice: Funding to support the expansion of the East Knoxville Women's Center to provide extended medical care, food services, and job training opportunities for survivors of sexual abuse.
  • The Change Center: Funding to support youth workforce development and early job opportunity programming.
  • CROSS Food Ministry: Funding to purchase food from Second Harvest of East Tennessee for food insecure residents of Sevier, Knox, and Blount Counties.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley: Funding for the Youth Arts initiative and Healthy Lifestyles programs for underserved youth.
  • Clinch-Powell RC&D: Funding to support quality crisis housing counseling and financial coaching for 25 households.
  • FOCUS Ministries: Funding for therapeutic homes and comprehensive support for women reintegrating from correctional facilities.
  • Spark: Funding for the Making Sparks and Spark Ignition programs, which provide innovative solutions to help people with disabilities lead independent, creative, and productive lives.
  • UUNIK Academy: Funding to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Innovation (STEAMI) Summer Institute, a program dedicated to educating and empowering African-American youth between ages 5 and 10.
  • Knoxville Family Justice Center: Funding to support assistance for domestic abuse survivors.
  • Care Cuts: Funding to provide food and clothing for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Knoxville Community Media: Funding to support education for youth to express their ideas creatively as video art to improve confidence, mental health, and wellbeing.