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Grants to Tennessee Local Governments, Tribes, and Nonprofits
for Environmental Projects in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Tennessee local governments, tribes, and nonprofit organizations for environmental projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended for projects addressing local watersheds, outdoor activities, and public and youth knowledge about the environment. Projects should benefit the following counties in eastern Tennesee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds:

The following types of projects will be considered for funding:

  • Environmental education: Any public and/or youth environmental education program related to good stewardship of natural resources and communities.
  • Water quality: Implementation of projects that improve the water quality of the local watersheds.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Any project that advances sustainable tourism, supports trail development/enhancement, or improves public access to outdoor recreation resources.

Preference will be given to:

  1. Projects that can be completed within 90 days following disbursement of grant funds.
  2. Projects that provide volunteer opportunities for Volkswagen employees.
  3. Projects located in or around Cherokee National Forest.
  4. Applicants that participated in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Natural Resource Stewardship Stakeholder Engagement Focus Meetings facilitated by The Conservation Fund (in 2017 and 2018).
  5. Applicants that provide and document local match—either direct cash match or in-kind contributions—that leverage this grant with other sources of support.
  6. Applicants that demonstrate an ability to reliably track and report on qualitative and quantitative impacts of their projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188008

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance will be from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for these grants, eligible projects must:
1. Be located in the eligible region.
2. Be a local government, tribal entity, OR a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Funding cannot support the following:
- Research
- Refinancing or servicing existing debt
- Lobbying efforts or political groups
- Projects or activities carried out for religious purposes
- Purchase of property
- Scholarships
- Marketing materials or food

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: February 14, 2020 at midnight
- Notifications sent to awardees and non-awardees: March 23, 2020
- Disbursement of grant funds and announcement of community grant awardees: April 10, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application to:
Margarita Carey
Program Associate

The Conservation Fund
1655 N. Fort Myer Drive
Suite 1300
Arlington, Virginia 22209

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eastern Tennesee Counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

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