Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grant

This program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and NatureVest, provides funding for public and private projects in Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock and Union counties that demonstrate a triple focus on

  1. Local economic development;
  2. Increased community capacity; AND
  3. Enhanced environmental quality.

Clinch-Powell has been invested in building strong communities, caring for people, and protecting natural resources for more than 30 years in the communities of East Tennessee. As the Tennessee partner for the Cumberland Forest Community Fund, we are expanding upon this legacy and helping other community organizations and entities bring their nature-based economic and community development projects to life! Our first round of funding saw $92,742 awarded to a diverse group of community partners, including private, public, and non-profit recipients. Projects supported include installation of an outdoor weather-proof water station at Big Ridge State Park in Union County, development of a community wellness and greenspace in Claiborne County, renovations and upgrades to a community entrepreneur program and maker space in the Clearfork Valley in Campbell/Claiborne County, planting and maintaining a large-scale pollinator habitat in Claiborne County, safety and accessibility upgrades to the Hatfield Knob elk viewing tower in Campbell County, and beautification and erosion protection of riverside property on the Powell River in Claiborne County.

Check back here and on Facebook for updates and announcements if you are interested in applying for our next round of funds! If you'd like to be added to our email list for notice of funding and other announcements about the CFCF program, please email to let us know. General Guidelines from the May 2021 Application are provided below if you are interested in learning more.


August 2021
First Awards Announced
September 2021
First Projects Begin
Winter 2022
Next Round Announced
Spring 2022
Applications Open