Qualifications & Eligibility

In a nutshell, to be eligible for a Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee grant, the lead proposing organization must have the following credentials:

  • Non-profit status as an organized church, non-governmental 501(c)(3) or equivalent organization.
  • Have a service reach in Knoxville/Knox County and the surrounding contiguous counties (Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union).
  • Serves as the lead proposer on only one proposal each year.  An organization can be a collaborating partner on multiple proposals, but be the budgetary lead on only one.

TRINITY requires all lead proposing organizations to have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent status.  While certain tasks within a project can be subcontracted to for-profit entities or be in partnership with government entities, their participation must be under the supervision of the 501(c)(3) bidder.  Phase I grants are for planning and prototyping activities and can include funds for labor, consultants, travel, overhead and minimal materials if needed for initial demonstration (no funds for capital or equipment in Phase I).

Phase II grants are for implementation and can be used for a broad range of activities beyond the Phase I including, but not limited to, capital facilities, equipment, training courses, etc.  TRINITY desires, but does not require, matching funds and/or in-kind support (volunteer labor, use of facilities, infrastructure development like software, databases, products and websites, promotion, etc.) for proposed efforts, particularly in Phase II.  Only successful Phase I grantees will be able to propose for Phase II.  TRINITY is a faith-based organization, but will consider proposals from non-faith based entities as long as there is not a conflict with our mission.

TRINITY serves the contiguous 9-county region that borders and includes Knox County.  We serve a broad demographic (age & gender) population and seek to touch all residents in our region without giving economic, age, gender or racial preference in our consideration of the projects selected unless clearly stated in the specific initiative request for proposal.