CNS community investment fund enters third cycle

  • Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 2:40 pm

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee – 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 in 2014 as part of its commitment to Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities. In March, CNS awarded grants totaling more than $125,000 to 29 local nonprofits, which brings a total of $305,000 from the Y-12 Community Investment Fund.

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: Health and Well-being, the Arts and Culture, and Public Safety and Emergency Services.

Grant amounts will range from $2,000-$20,000 in support of projects, programs, or activities beginning in November 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than August 7, 2017.
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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