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Athens Federal Foundation

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.”

2017 GRANTS:

The Athens Federal Foundation will award at least $107,000 to 501(c)(3) non-profit and charitable organizations during the 2017 calendar year.

Grant applications will be accepted from June 8 - August 10 (at 5 p.m. EST), 2017

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.

 

2017 Athens Federal Foundation Request for Proposals (RFP)

2017 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Application


2016 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization

Amount

Funding Purpose

Family Cornerstones, Inc.

$4,000

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

CASA of Bradley County

$4,000

To fund recruitment, screening and training of volunteer advocates

CASA Corridor of East Tennessee

$4,000

To fund recruitment, screening and training of volunteer advocates

CASA Monroe

$4,000

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

The House that Mercy Built

$1,000

To fund projects for the faith based residential program for women with life controlling issues, including drug and alcohol addiction

New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church

$3,000

To fund a Food Pantry Program

The HOPE Center, Inc.

$4,000

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

McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.

$2,000

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

$4,000

To partially fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Teacher Mini-Grant Programs

YMCA of Athens, Tennessee 

$2,500

To fund Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program

Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area 

$2,500

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)

Women at the Well

$3,000

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)

$2,500

To support the Imagination Library Program

The Trousdale School

$4,000

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

$4,000

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

$1,000

To partially fund the after-school education program

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (After School Program)

$1,000

To assist with facility security upgrades

Tri-County Center

$4,619

To fund Phase I remodel of a workshop to computer center

Morning Star Ministries, Inc

$1,000

To partially fund the Homebound Program for students who are not able to attend in classroom due to a more severe disability

Family Promise of Bradley County

$3,000

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

$2,000

To fund a homeless shelter in Monroe County

Niota United Methodist Church (Christian Co-Workers Children's Aid)

$3,750

To fund a weekend food program for needy students

The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, Inc.

$3,000

To fund a food pantry program

Englewood Goodwill Workers - Daily Bread Food Ministry

$2,500

To fund a food pantry program

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - The Grace House of Athens

$4,000

To benefit Homeless Shelter Programs of The Grace House in Athens

McMinn United Methodist Ministries Helping Hands Ministry

$5,000

To purchase materials for building projects

Tennessee Wesleyan University - Love Thy Neighbor project

$3,000

To benefit the weekend meal program for students in McMinn County School system 

Coordinated Charities, Inc.

$2,400

To provide rent and utility deposit assistance for homeless families

Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County

$1,000

To benefit building programs

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland

$1,000

To benefit building programs

Loudon County Habitat for Humanity

$1,000

To benefit building programs

Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hand

$3,000

To fund a food pantry program

Lift & Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)

$4,000

To fund a food pantry program

Grace & Mercy Ministries

$3,645.81

To purchase a cold food serving cart to comply with commercial food service regulations

Nourish One Child - Outreach of Keith Memorial UMC

$4,000

To fund a weekend meal program for students in Athens City school system

Athens Lions Charities

$2,500

To assist in covering costs associated with Remote Area Medical clinic to be held in 2017

Miracle Lake

$3,000

To provide assistance with food purchase for program participants

Foundation House Ministries

$1,000

To provide assistance with operating costs of maternity home

Love Nancy, Inc.

$1,200

To support Alzheimer's caregiver support projects

McMinn County Emergency Rescue Squad

$1,000

To fund general operating expenses

New Hope Pregnancy Care Center

$1,500

To provide assistance with program costs

Full Circle Medical Center for Women

$1,500

To partially fund an abstinence education in public school systems

Monroe County Rescue Squad

$1,000

To provide assistance with purchase of pagers for volunteer members

Good Faith Clinic, Inc.

$4,000

To provide assistance with expenses related to operation of the clinic

TOTAL Grant Distribution 
(44 organizations)

$119,114.81

 




2015 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization

Amount

Funding Purpose

Coordinated Charities, Inc.

$2,400

To fund first month's rent and utility deposits for homeless or at-risk living conditions

Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County

$4,500

To assist with a home building project in the Athens area

The Grace House (Athens)

$4,500

To fund operational expenses for homeless shelter

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland

$4,000

To assist with home building project in the Bradley County area

Nourish One Child, Outreach Program of Keith Memorial UMC

$4,000

To provide assistance for the “Nourish One Child” weekend food and hunger prevention program

Tennessee Wesleyan College

$4,000

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)

Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hand

$3,000

To purchase staples for food pantry

Englewood Goodwill Workers

$2,500

To assist with expenses associated with Daily Bread Food Ministry

Lift & Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)

$5,000

To purchase staples for food pantry

Helping Hands Ministry

$6,000

To fund home repairs for seniors and low-income homeowners to ensure improved quality of life and safe living environment

Grace & Mercy Ministries

$3,600

To purchase appliances and other necessities for meal preparation

Foundation House Ministries

$3,000

To supplement rent payments for graduates of Life Foundations program

McMinn County Rescue Squad

$3,800

To purchase Technical Rescue Team set for rope rescue responses

Miracle Lake

$4,500

To assist with general operational expenses and fund scholarships for program participants

Love Nancy, Inc.

$1,200

To fund week-long Memory Makers Respite Camp for people coping with early onset Alzheimer's disease

McMinn County Educational and Community Foundation

$4,500

To assist with funding of Dolly Parton Imagination Library initiative

Tri-County Center

$5,500

To assist with facility security upgrades

Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area

$2,500

To fund youth programs in McMinn County

Lee University (English Language Center)

$4,000

To fund part-time instructor and materials to teach "Parents for English" course offered onsite at two participating schools

Women at the Well

$4,500

To partially fund scholarship for 18-month residency program for one indigent client

Full Circle Medical Center for Women - ONTRAC

$3,500

To partially fund "Silver Ring Thing" abstinence event for tween and teenagers

Family Cornerstones, Inc.

$4,000

To partially fund "Starfish" parent-education program that benefits economically and educationally disadvantaged families with children prenatal through Kindergarten

CASA Corridor of East Tennessee

$4,500

To fund recruitment and training of 20 new advocates to serve children in McMinn County court system

CASA of Bradley County

$4,500

To fund recruitment, screening and training of volunteers to become advocates

CASA Monroe

$4,500

To fund part-time field assistant position

 McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.

$2,000 

To assist with funding for "Meals on Wheels" program

TOTAL Grant Distribution
(26 organizations)

$100,000

 

 


 

2014 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization

Amount

Funding Purpose

McMinn County Educational & Community Foundation

$4,000

To benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program

Etowah Rescue Squad

$3,500

To purchase equipment, including a truck telestrut kit with lifting jacks and chains

CASA Monroe

$4,000

To partially fund a field assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator

Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hand

$2,500

To assist with stocking of the food pantry

Tri-County Center

$5,000

To fund building improvements

Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area

$4,000

To fund the “Great Futures” Scholarship program

Lift & Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)

$5,000

To fund food assistance program, provide financial assistance and fund the Sac Pack weekend food program for Bradley County citizens

Nourish One Child, Outreach Program of Keith Memorial UMC

$4,000

To provide assistance for the “Nourish One Child” weekend food and hunger prevention program

Tennessee Wesleyan College

$2,500

To fund the Center for Servant Leadership “Love Thy Neighbor” food bank

Adult & Family Education of McMinn County

$2,500

To assist scholarships for economically disadvantaged adults seeking GED

Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County

$4,000

To assist with completion of home currently under construction in Athens

HOPE Center (Health, Opportunity, Protection and Encouragement Center, Inc.)

$4,000

To purchase interactive workbooks for Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program

Coordinated Charities of Athens, Inc.

$2,000

To assist with utility security deposits or first month’s rent outside normal aid provided

CASA of Bradley County

$4,000

To fund a volunteer training program

Morning Star Ministries

$1,000

To fund a homebound program

Helping Hands Ministry (McMinn United Ministries)

$4,000

To purchase materials for qualifying projects

The Grace House in Athens

$4,000

To assist with operating expenses associated with the homeless shelter

CASA Corridor of East Tennessee

$4,000

To assist with funding recruitment and training of advocates

Women at the Well

$4,000

To assist with funding of scholarship for one indigent client

Miracle Lake Christian Training

$4,000

To fund scholarships for those who apply to the program with no financial means to pay costs associated with the program

Full Circle Medical Center for Women

$2,500

To match funds provided by the State of Tennessee to offer abstinence education in the public school system

McMinn County Emergency & Rescue Squad

$4,283

To purchase automatic defibrillator and accessories

McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.

$4,000

To fund temporary meal program for homebound seniors on Home Delivered Meals waiting list.

Good Faith Clinic

$4,000

To support health care for local citizens without medical insurance coverage.

Lee University (English Language Center)

$3,000

To assist with funding for the English as a Second Language program.

TOTAL Grant Distribution
(25 organizations)

$89,783

 

 


 

 2013 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients 

Organization
Amount
Funding Purpose
McMinn County Educational & Community Foundation
$4,000
To benefit the Imagination Library program
Tri-County Center
$5,000

To make improvements to the work program warehouse

Miracle Lake Christian Training Center
$5,000

To benefit a support program for drug and alcohol addiction

Coordinated Charities of Athens
$1,200
To provide rent and utility assistance to low income households in Athens and McMinn County
Women at the Well Ministries
$4,000
To purchase a van
Tennessee Wesleyan College
$2,800
To fund the “Love thy Neighbor” program and purchase office equipment
CASA of Bradley County TN
$4,000
To fund advocate education
McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.
$4,000
To support homebound senior citizens in McMinn County
Good Faith Clinic
$4,000
To support health care for local citizens without medical insurance coverage
Monroe County Health Council
$2,000

To assist with the council’s RAM project

Helping Hands Ministry (UMC)
$4,000
To assist with the purchase of building and repair materials

Athens Lions Charities

$2,500

To purchase eye glasses, hearing aid and clothing for underprivileged citizens

CASA Monroe
$5,000
To fund advocate education
The HOPE Center, Inc.
$4,000
To provide assistance in purchasing supplies for children serviced by the center
CASA Corridor of East TN
$5,000
To fund advocate education
The Grace House in Athens
$5,000
To provide assistance for homeless shelter and other services
Full Circle Women’s Ministry
$1,000
To fund an abstinence education program
Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
$4,000
To provide assistance for the “Nourish One Child” hunger prevention program
Grace and Mercy Ministries
$2,500
To provide assistance for transportation costs associated with a meal delivery program

Lift and Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)

$5,000
To fund a food assistance program in Bradley County

TOTAL Grant Distribution
(20 organizations)

$74,000

 

 


 

2012 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization
Amount
Funding Purpose
Athens Lions Club
$4,000
To provide assistance for vision screenings for local students
CASA - Corridor of East TN
$4,000

To fund a training program salary

CASA - Bradley County
$3,500

To fund a program salary

CASA - Monroe, Inc.
$4,000
To fund a program salary
Coordinated Charities of Athens
$4,000
To provide rent and utility assistance to low income households in Athens and McMinn County
Full Circle Women's Services
$4,000
To contribute to a grant match goal for a new program
Good Faith Clinic
$4,000
To support health care for local citizens without medical insurance coverage
Grace and Mercy Ministries
$4,000
To provide assistance for transportation costs associated with a meal delivery program
Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County
$4,000
To purchase building materials for construction projects in Athens and McMinn County
HOPE Center, Inc.
$4,000

To provide assistance in purchasing supplies for children serviced by the center

Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
$2,500
To provide assistance for the "Nourish One Child" hunger prevention program

Lift and Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)

$4,000

To fund a food assistance program in Bradley County

McMinn County Education and Community Foundation
$4,000
To provide assistance for the Imagination Library program
Miracle Lake
$4,000
To fund the Scholarship for Men program
Monroe County Health Council
$2,500
To provide assistance for a mobile health care program
Tennessee Wesleyan College
$2,500
To provide assistance for the Center for Servant Leadership program
The Grace House in Athens
$3,000
To provide assistance for shelter and other services
Tri-County Center
$4,000
To fund a group home project
Wesley Memorial Helping Hand
$2,500
To provide assistance in stocking the food pantry

TOTAL Grant Distribution
(19 organizations)

$68,500

 

 


 

2011 Athens Federal Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization
Amount
Funding Purpose
Boys and Girls Club of Monroe Area
$5,000
To fund education programs in Monroe County
Bradley/Cleveland Public Education Foundation
$2,500

To fund education program in Cleveland and Bradley County

CASA - Corridor of East TN
$4,000

To fund a program director salary in Athens

CASA - Monroe, Inc.
$560
To fund an art project program in the Monroe County Area
Cleveland 100
$2,500
To fund an appreciation event for volunteers
Coordinated Charities of Athens
$4,000

To provide assistance to low income households in Athens and McMinn County

Etowah Rescue Squad
$2,500
To purchase safety equipment
Etowah United Fund
$2,500
To redistribute to participating organizations
Full Circle Women's Ministries
$5,000
To contribute to a grant match goal for a new program
Grace and Mercy Ministries
$4,000
To fund a meal delivery van
Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County
$4,000
To provide assistance to low income households in Athens and McMinn County
HOPE Center, Inc.
$4,000
To fund a child abuse prevention program salary
Lift and Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)
$4,000
To fund a food assistance program in Bradley County
McMinn County Education and Community Foundation
$2,500
To provide assistance for the Imagination Library program
Tennessee Wesleyan College
$4,000
To provide assistance for the Center for Servant Leaders program
The Grace House in Athens
$3,000
To purchase a sprinkler system for the shelter
Tri-County Center
$4,000
To fund a group home project
Wesley Memorial Helping Hand
$2,000
To provide assistance in stocking the food pantry

TOTAL Grant Distribution
(18 organizations)

$60,060