United Way of Greater Knoxville, along with the City of Knoxville and Knox County governments, is launching a Direct Neighborhood Fund to provide resources to the East Knoxville community in response to recent gun violence and tragic events. With $100,000 in seed funds from United Way of Greater Knoxville, $50,000 from the City of Knoxville, and $50,000 from Knox County, the fund will have a starting balance of $200,000 and will continue to grow. Funds will be directed to support black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) led nonprofit organizations doing violence interruption programming and youth and family enrichment and development work.
Key community leaders in East Knoxville will be the decision makers in this grant making process. They will name the fund, determine how to administer the money, and where to most effectively invest. 100% of donations will go to support the agencies and organizations selected to receive funding by the committee.
United Way of Greater Knoxville’s priorities are simple: to protect and uplift the children of East Knoxville.