East Tennessee

In East Tennessee, First Tennessee Foundation provides grants to eligible nonprofits in the following areas:

  • East Tennessee: Blount, Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knoxville, McMinn and Sevier counties
  • Northeast Tennessee: Bristol (including Bristol, Virginia); Greene County; Greeneville; Johnson City; Kingsport; Sullivan County; Washington County (including Washington County, Virginia)
  • Southeast Tennessee: The cities of Chattanooga and Cleveland, and the surrounding areas

Organizations we’ve supported in East Tennessee include:

La Paz Chattanooga

Our support has enabled La Paz to establish Chattanooga’s first Latino Cultural Center. Serving over 6,000 area Latinos each year, La Paz provides culturally and linguistically specific programs and services to empower Chattanooga’s Latino community with networking, consulting, leadership development and other opportunities.

Helen Ross McNabb Center

A nonprofit provider of behavioral health services for more than 70 years, the Helen Ross McNabb Center serves children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. Our contributions support the Center’s efforts to provide these vital resources to the East Tennessee community.

East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

Established in 1986, The ETSU Center for Banking is a resource for students, bankers, and researchers on banking topics. Our Foundation’s support helps the Center for Banking continue to provide quality education while promoting and supporting economic and technical development in the region.

Hunter Museum of Art

Our Foundation’s support helps the Hunter, a nationally recognized cultural hub, continue its mission to engage diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning and relevance of American Art.

Orange Grove Center (OGC)

Founded in 1953, OGC provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities that include basic care, job training/support, music and art. Today, OGC serves nearly 1,000 children and adults, and our Foundation’s support helps OGC continue its important work in the Chattanooga community.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Our support helps one of the largest and most comprehensive food banks in the country – and the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity – feed the hungry through its mobile food pantries and warehouse. In addition, First Horizon Bank employees regularly volunteer with the organization.


Timeline 2020 for grants applications:

  • October 28, 2019 – Grant application process opens
  • January 17, 2020 – Application deadline
  • March 31, 2020 – Grant awards announced

Foundation grants are not provided to or for:

  • Individuals
  • Trips and Tours
  • Solely religious, social or fraternal organizations
  • Charities that redistribute funds to other charitable organizations, except in the case of recognized united fund-type organizations
  • K-12 schools
  • Political organizations or those having the primary purpose of influencing legislation or promoting a particular ideological point of view
  • Operating budget deficits

Questions? Please contact the representative for your area below:


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East Tennessee
Blount, Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knoxville, McMinn and Sevier counties:

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Northeast Tennessee
Bristol (including Bristol, Virginia); Greene County; Greeneville; Johnson City; Kingsport; Sullivan County; Washington County (including Washington County, Virginia):

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Southeast Tennessee
The cities of Chattanooga and Cleveland, and the surrounding areas:

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