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The Athens Federal Foundation was established by Athens Bancshares Corporation, the holding company for Athens Federal Community Bank, and its shareholders as part of the Bank’s 2009 stock conversion. The Foundation was created to provide funding and support for charitable causes within the bank’s market (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Loudon and Polk counties). In conjunction with the initial stock offering, Athens Bancshares Corporation contributed $1,000,000 of Athens Bancshares Corporation stock and $100,000 in cash to the Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to “support and fund community development via affordable housing, job training and programs that assist the economically disadvantaged. The Foundation will also consider requests for educational initiatives, health care programs, and supportive human service programs as well as local cultural institutions for the purpose of broadening access to cultural and arts activities.”
The Athens Federal Foundation granted $171,500 to 501c (3) non-profit and charitable organizations during the 2018 year. The grant application period for 2019 will be announced by June 1, 2019.
For additional information about the Athens Federal Foundation, please contact Jeff Cunningham or Amy Yarber at 423-745-1111 or stop by any Athens Federal office. Click here for locations.
The RFP and Grant Application will open as Adobe PDF documents. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, click here for a free download of the most current version.
2018 Athens Federal Foundation Request for Proposals (RFP) - CLOSED
2018 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Application - CLOSED
Homeless Management of Monroe County
To assist homeless families in Monroe County in obtaining permanent housing
Coordinated Charities, Inc.
Helping Hands Ministry
The Grace House in Athens
To benefit Homeless Shelter Programs of The Grace House in Athens
Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hand
Niota United Methodist Church (Christian Co-Workers Children's Aid)
Lift & Redemption Ministries (DBA The Caring Place)
Grace & Mercy Ministries
Englewood Goodwill Workers - Daily Bread Food Ministry
Love Thy Neighbor Project (of Tennessee Wesleyan University)
Better Living Center
Nourish One Child - Outreach of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church
Good Faith Clinic, Inc.
Love Nancy, Inc.
Full Circle Medical Center for Women
Etowah Rescue Squad
Monroe Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department
Englewood Rural Fire Department
McMinn County Emergency Rescue Squad
Family Promise of Bradley County
Family Cornerstones, Inc.
Women at the Well
McMinn County Educational and Community Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area
Let's Read 20 - Initiative under the umbrella of the McMinn County Education Foundation
Lee University (English Language Center)
Athens-McMinn Family YMCA
The House that Mercy Built
Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District
The HOPE Center, Inc.
CASA of Bradley County
CASA Corridor of East Tennessee
McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.
Benton United Methodist Church
Straightway Ministry Inc.
To support daily operations and assist with program participant enrollment costs.
Monroe County Rescue Squad
Morning Star Ministries, Inc.
Monroe County Imagination Library
Women United in Community Service
To fund Project Starfish, a program that benefits parents and children and offers steady support by emphasizing the importance of early education to break the cycle of poverty for at-risk families
To fund recruitment, screening and training of volunteer advocates
To fund a Field Assistant position to assist the Volunteer Coordinator, fill in when volunteers are out of town or ill, as well as holidays, and handle the most difficult case situations
To fund projects for the faith based residential program for women with life controlling issues, including drug and alcohol addiction
To fund a Food Pantry Program
To partially fund the Darkness to Light program, a community based child sex abuse prevention initiative that includes information geared to the general public or specific target groups about the issue of child sex abuse and sex abuse prevention techniques
To partially fund the Senior Temporary Meals Program, which fills the gap of approximately 1,250 senior in McMinn County that have been placed on waiting list (app. 6 months) for home delivered meals program
McMinn County Educational & Community Foundation
To partially fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Teacher Mini-Grant Programs
YMCA of Athens, Tennessee
To fund Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program
Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area
To benefit the General Fund and support programs for children served (70% of whom are from economically disadvantaged families and 50% below the poverty line)
To sponsor a 15-month program of education, life skills, job skills and emotional healing to break cycle of drug abuse
Sweetwater Education Foundation, Inc. (Monroe County Imagination Library)
To support the Imagination Library Program
The Trousdale School
To benefit the non-degree post secondary school for high function adults age 22 and older with intellectual disabilities - funds will be used for classroom seating and Assessment program materials through grade 12 and senior adults
McMinn County Education & Community - Let's Read 20
To fund the program in conjunction with United Way, Athens City Schools, Etowah City Schools, McMinn County Schools to encourage families to read together 20 minutes per day
E.G. Fisher Public Library
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (After School Program)
To assist with facility security upgrades
To fund Phase I remodel of a workshop to computer center
Morning Star Ministries, Inc
To partially fund the Homebound Program for students who are not able to attend in classroom due to a more severe disability
To provide childcare for children of families entering Family Promise in order for parents to have adequate time to secure employment
Outreach Across America Restoration Center
To fund a homeless shelter in Monroe County
To fund a weekend food program for needy students
The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, Inc.
To fund a food pantry program
St. Paul's Episcopal Church - The Grace House of Athens
McMinn United Methodist Ministries Helping Hands Ministry
To purchase materials for building projects
Tennessee Wesleyan University - Love Thy Neighbor project
Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County
Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland
Loudon County Habitat for Humanity
Lift & Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)
Nourish One Child - Outreach of Keith Memorial UMC
Athens Lions Charities
Foundation House Ministries
New Hope Pregnancy Care Center
To fund first month's rent and utility deposits for homeless or at-risk living conditions
To assist with a home building project in the Athens area
The Grace House (Athens)
To fund operational expenses for homeless shelter
To assist with home building project in the Bradley County area
Nourish One Child, Outreach Program of Keith Memorial UMC
To provide assistance for the “Nourish One Child” weekend food and hunger prevention program
Tennessee Wesleyan College
To provide funding for back sacks for 40 students with weekend meals for 38 weeks during fall and spring 2015-2016 school year (McMinn County school system)
To purchase staples for food pantry
Englewood Goodwill Workers
To assist with expenses associated with Daily Bread Food Ministry
To fund home repairs for seniors and low-income homeowners to ensure improved quality of life and safe living environment
To purchase appliances and other necessities for meal preparation
To supplement rent payments for graduates of Life Foundations program
McMinn County Rescue Squad
To purchase Technical Rescue Team set for rope rescue responses
To assist with general operational expenses and fund scholarships for program participants
To fund week-long Memory Makers Respite Camp for people coping with early onset Alzheimer's disease
To fund youth programs in McMinn County
To fund part-time instructor and materials to teach "Parents for English" course offered onsite at two participating schools
To partially fund scholarship for 18-month residency program for one indigent client
Full Circle Medical Center for Women - ONTRAC
To partially fund "Silver Ring Thing" abstinence event for tween and teenagers
To partially fund "Starfish" parent-education program that benefits economically and educationally disadvantaged families with children prenatal through Kindergarten
To fund recruitment and training of 20 new advocates to serve children in McMinn County court system
To fund recruitment, screening and training of volunteers to become advocates
To fund part-time field assistant position
McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.
To benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program
To purchase equipment, including a truck telestrut kit with lifting jacks and chains
To partially fund a field assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator
To assist with stocking of the food pantry
To fund building improvements
To fund the “Great Futures” Scholarship program
To fund food assistance program, provide financial assistance and fund the Sac Pack weekend food program for Bradley County citizens
To fund the Center for Servant Leadership “Love Thy Neighbor” food bank
Adult & Family Education of McMinn County
To assist scholarships for economically disadvantaged adults seeking GED
To assist with completion of home currently under construction in Athens
HOPE Center (Health, Opportunity, Protection and Encouragement Center, Inc.)
To purchase interactive workbooks for Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program
Coordinated Charities of Athens, Inc.
To assist with utility security deposits or first month’s rent outside normal aid provided
To fund a volunteer training program
Morning Star Ministries
To fund a homebound program
Helping Hands Ministry (McMinn United Ministries)
To purchase materials for qualifying projects
To assist with operating expenses associated with the homeless shelter
To assist with funding recruitment and training of advocates
To assist with funding of scholarship for one indigent client
Miracle Lake Christian Training
To fund scholarships for those who apply to the program with no financial means to pay costs associated with the program
To match funds provided by the State of Tennessee to offer abstinence education in the public school system
McMinn County Emergency & Rescue Squad
To purchase automatic defibrillator and accessories
To fund temporary meal program for homebound seniors on Home Delivered Meals waiting list.
Good Faith Clinic
To support health care for local citizens without medical insurance coverage.
To assist with funding for the English as a Second Language program.
To make improvements to the work program warehouse
To benefit a support program for drug and alcohol addiction
To assist with the council’s RAM project
To purchase eye glasses, hearing aid and clothing for underprivileged citizens
Lift and Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)
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