Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grant

Grant Opportunity! Apply by May 31, 2021

Funds are available now 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 looking to expand upon this legacy and help other community organizations and entities bring their nature-based economic and community development projects to life! For this newly developed competitive local grant, we are seeking proposals from organizations, local governments or individuals to fund projects and initiatives with outcomes demonstrating tangible contributions to ALL THREE of the following: [1] Local economic development (e.g., jobs, visitor spending, lodging taxes, etc.), [2] increased community capacity (e.g., green infrastructure investments, outdoor recreation/tourism capacity building, strategic planning, creation of local policies/conditions that enable nature-based economic development, etc.), and [3] enhanced environmental quality (e.g., benefits to land, water, and air quality). Projects must be consistent with the program goals and objectives outlined in the grant guidelines. A total of $100,000 in funding, provided to Clinch-Powell by a grant from the Cumberland Forest Limited Partnership (managed by The Nature Conservancy), is anticipated to be made available to eligible applicants, with a range of $5,000-$25,000 available per award.

Please read the Guidelines for detailed requirements prior to starting your Application.

Online Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2021 until May 31, 2021, with an anticipated award date of July 2021.


May 31, 2021
Application Due
July 2021
Awards Announced
August 2021
Projects Begin
July 2023
Projects Complete