CNS community investment fund accepting grant requests

  • Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 2:59 pm

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee – Charitable organizations from across East Tennessee are invited to apply for grants from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund, established by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), which operates the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

CNS established the fund through the East Tennessee Foundation in 2014 as part of its commitment to Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities.

Nonprofit organizations in Y-12’s 20-county service area with projects or programs that address community needs and economic development opportunities are encouraged to apply for one-year grants. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities, such as public schools and governments/municipalities.

The 20-county service area includes, but is not limited to, Oak Ridge, Anderson and Roane counties. Grant information and the list of eligible counties are available online at

The Y-12 Employee Investment Advisory Committee, comprised of Y-12 employees, will review the applications and make recommendations to the East Tennessee Foundation in three focus areas: early childhood education, elder care and adult workforce development/transition.

Grant amounts will range from $2,000–20,000 in support of projects, programs or activities beginning in fall 2019 or later. Applications must be submitted no later than May 24, 2019. The one-year grants will be awarded in early fall 2019.

For more information, please contact Jan Elston, ETF Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, or Ashley Siferd, Program Officer, by phone at (865) 524-1223, or toll-free at (877) 524-1223, or by email at or Jason Bohne, CNS Senior Director of Communications, may also be contacted at (865) 241-1400 or by email at

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