SCCF 2021 Philanthropy Internship Grants

Updated: Nov 3

The second cycle of SCCF grants are awarded each fall by University of the South students who are participating in the Philanthropy Internship Program, a collaboration between SCCF and the University. This year students awarded $30,000 to eight nonprofits that address a variety of needs on the South Cumberland Plateau.


The Philanthropy Grants Ceremony will be held November 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm in Convocation Hall on the campus of the University of the South. The featured speaker for the event is Alex Gibson, executive director of Appalshop. The Plateau community is encouraged to attend.


Mountain T.O.P.: $5,000

This grant provides personnel support needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an anchor institution that provides housing improvements to many on the Plateau, Mountain T.O.P.’s operating budget has been stretched, and this grant will help the organization continue its vital mission.


Isaiah 117 House Coffee/Franklin/Grundy Counties: $3,039

Isaiah 117 House Coffee/Franklin/Grundy has been awarded this grant for operational start-up funding. The organization has broad support on the Plateau as it seeks to provide suitable accommodations for children who are transitioning to foster care.


Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic: $3,250

This grant supports a renovation in the Clinic to accommodate prescription drug storage. This project will have a significant impact on the ability of Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic to provide much needed prescription medicines to patients.


Growing Roots: $5,000

This grant provides implementation of water and power sources for two community garden spaces managed by the organization. Growing Roots is a vibrant new community partner that provides innovative opportunities for meaningful wellness engagement while simultaneously lowering barriers for access to healthy food.


Tracy City Elementary School: $4,946

This grant allows TCE to create a music classroom that recognizes the influence of the local Appalachian heritage, accessible to all students. The new space will support the passion and enthusiasm of TCE staff to provide important music education to students.


Town of Tracy City: $4,600

This grant supports new street signage for the Town’s ambitious placemaking efforts which will direct visitors’ attention to important community assets.


Monteagle Elementary School: $2,350

This grant allows the installation of water bottle filling stations, supporting the school’s efforts to provide a safe learning environment while addressing students’ basic need for easy access to safe drinking water.


Folks at Home: $1,815

This grant supports continued funding of the Folks at Home “Essential Medical Transportation” initiative established during the pandemic, and follows a similar grant awarded during the SCCF 2021 spring grants cycle. These grants ensure that at-risk members of the community have safe access to transportation for medical care and other basic needs.



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