CNS community investment fund enters second cycle

  • Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 11:50 am

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Charitable organizations from across East Tennessee are invited to apply for grants from the 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 last year as part of its commitment to Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities. In May, CNS awarded grants totaling more than $180,000 to 30 local nonprofits.

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

With leadership of the employee-based Y-12 Investment Advisory Committee, CNS employee committee members will review the applications and make recommendations in four focus areas: education, senior citizens, veterans and youth.

A technical assistance workshop is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 from 2–3:30 p.m. at New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge. Attendance is encouraged but not required.

Grant amounts will range from $500–10,000 in support of projects, programs, or activities beginning in January 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 7, 2016.

For more information, contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs at East Tennessee Foundation, at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at 1-877-524-1223 or via email at

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