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About the Foundation for Education

SIMPLY SMART Project Grants are offered by Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Foundation for Education to assist educators with classroom needs and projects. Grants totaling up to $1500 are available to each public high school in the Credit Union’s service area: Johnson City, Blount, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Sullivan counties.

The Foundation is funded by donations from the community, by the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, which makes financial contributions and covers administrative costs, and by Credit Union members and employees. Thus, 100% of money donated to the Foundation will support educational project grants.

The Foundation doesn't just give educators grants, we also partner with the school to provide resources and other support to help maximize grant efforts. If your business or organization is interested in helping with current grant projects, please contact us to see if a school has a need that you can help meet!

About the Foundation

How is the Foundation funded?
Foundation initiatives are made possible by the generous cooperation of the community, members, employees and the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union. The Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union pays all administrative fees.

What programs does the Foundation support? 
The Foundation currently supports grants to assist educators in public high schools in the Credit Union's service area with classroom needs and projects.

About the Grant

What is the value of the grants? 
Grant amounts vary according to funds available and are not guaranteed. The SIMPLY SMART Grant is valued up to $1,500.

How many grants will be awarded? 
One grant will be awarded to every public high school in the Credit Union service area: Johnson City, Blount, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Sullivan counties.

Who is eligible for a grant? 
Any full-time public high school educator in the service area who intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year is eligible for the grant. All projects must be conducted in the classroom or on-campus. Click here for a list of eligible high schools.

Are home school or private high school teachers eligible? 

No. At this time, only public high school teachers in the Credit Union service area are eligible for the SIMPLY SMART Grants.

What are the criteria for selecting grant winners? 
The SIMPLY SMART Grant is awarded to educators dedicated to implementing meaningful and beneficial experiences to their schools or classrooms.

What are the deadlines and application process? 

To request an application, e-mail simplysmart@tvacreditunion.com.

Applications will be accepted August 1-October 15, 2018. Please mail to:

SIMPLY SMART
301 Wall Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902

Can the grant be renewed? 
No. To support and encourage the maximum number of educators, grant funds are not renewable.