Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grants Available Spring 2024

Clinch-Powell is excited to announce an upcoming grant opportunity, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, that will support nature-based economic and community development in the region! The Cumberland Forest Community Fund will award the next round of grants in the spring, with applications opening in January 2024. These funds are open to public, private and nonprofit entities in Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, and Union counties.

Eligible projects will demonstrate “triple bottom line outcomes” through tangible contributions to: (1) local economic development, (2) increased community capacity, and (3) enhanced environmental quality. Funds are limited, with $79,000 available for requests between $5,000-25,000. The program is managed by Clinch-Powell, an East Tennessee based not-for-profit organization with 34 years invested in building strong communities, caring for people, and protecting natural resources.

Previously funded projects include a native pollinator habitat, outdoor learning space, all-season drinking water station for state park visitors, and more. “We were thrilled with the diverse group of projects and partners we were able to support in the first round, and look forward to building on that success next year,” says Clinch-Powell executive director, Lindy Turner. “Protecting natural resources has always been a cornerstone of the work we do in the community, but you can’t do that successfully without investing in people and the economy. This grant offers the unique opportunity to do all three.”

The application will open in January 2024 on Clinch-Powell’s website. Visit the Cumberland Forest Community Fund Page and follow Clinch-Powell on social media for announcements.