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Story published: 06-12-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

JCCF awards $20,500 to local organizations

The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF), an Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), announces the recipients of the 2013 Johnson County Community Foundation Grants Program.

Fifteen grants totaling $20,500 were awarded from the Johnson County Community Foundation grants program to support programs and projects to improve the community. The awarded projects include endeavors that build community goodwill, seek to solve community challenges and produce results improving the quality of life for all citizens of Johnson County. Grantee organizations are located within and/or serve Johnson County and are tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities.

The recipient organizations are as follows: Barter Theatre; Dry Run Volunteer Fire Department; First District Volunteer Fire Department; Friends of the Library of Johnson County; Heritage Hall; Johnson County Arts Council; Johnson County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors; Johnson County Farmers Market; Johnson County Government; Johnson County High School; and Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County. An additional grant was made to the Johnson County Education Growth Scholarship Fund of East Tennessee Foundation. For further grant recipient information, please see provided list.

Created by a group of Johnson County residents in 2001 to serve the people of their beloved county, the Foundation gives donors a way to connect their giving with local nonprofits, public agencies and compelling charitable causes. JCCF, established as a permanent endowment, provides an on-going resource to fund endeavors creating opportunities and addressing challenges for all Johnson County citizens.

East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee. With the mission of enriching lives and strengthening communities, ETF administers 13 affiliate funds, including JCCF.

For more information, please contact Terry L. Holley, ETF Senior Vice President for Programs & Regional Development, at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at 1-877-524-1223 or via e-mail at tholley@etf.org.

Johnson County Community Foundation 2013 Grant Recipients

Barter Theatre $1,300; Barter Youth Academy which will educate youth in theater arts and storytelling.

Dry Run Volunteer Fire Department $1,500; Helmet lights and gloves will help firefighters fight brush fires.

First District Volunteer Fire Department $1,000; Fire Prevention education programs for elementary school aged children will be expanded.

Friends of the Library of Johnson County $1,500; Author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet will present programs to Mountain City students.

Heritage Hall $1,500; Johnson County students and their parents will attend a performance of Dr. Gary Flegal’s “The Magic of Smiles.”

Johnson County Arts Council $1,500; Local artist and educator Crystal Dunn will paint a series of murals on downtown buildings which will be honoring Johnson County’s musical heritage.

Johnson County Arts Council $1,500; Youth will collect and incorporate natural objects into their work with earthenware clay.

Johnson County Emergency Heating for Seniors $1,500; Funds will be provided to low-income seniors to help them afford their heating bill expenses.

Johnson County Farmers Market $1,000; Children will be educated about the importance of eating healthy, staying active, and buying locally.

Johnson County Government $1,500; Johnson County Imagination Library will provide free age-appropriate books each month for children from birth to age five.

Johnson County High School $1,500; Joel Penton will present assembly programs to Johnson County high and middle school students.

Johnson County High School $1,200; Future Farmers of America students will build small chicken houses to raise laying hens whose eggs will be distributed to needy families.

Johnson County High School $1,500; Johnson County Vocational School students will attend the Health Occupation Students of America National Leadership Conference in Nashville.

Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County $1,500; The Crib Incentive program will promote the importance of early prenatal care for pregnant women.

Johnson County Education Growth Scholarship Fund $1,000; Funding will support the tuition for a graduating senior or non-traditional student who will attend a college of the student’s choice or a trade school.