ABOUT THE SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND
The United Way of East TN Highlands created the Social Innovation Fund in 2020. The fund is used to support new programs aimed to meet social needs by filling gaps in our community related to health, education, or financial stability. Nonprofit or community organizations with programs less than 2 years old are eligible to apply. You must be a 501(c)3 or covered under one in order to apply.
Problem Solving Pitches Event
The 2022 Problem Solving Pitches event has not yet been scheduled. It typically takes place in the Spring of each year.
How Funds Are Distributed
ETSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), along with a few key volunteers from our community will come together to review all of the applications for funding. Through this process, the group will look to narrow it down to up to six finalists. All three finalists will be invited to participate in United Way’s Annual Problem Solving Pitches event (a live pitch competition, where they will be judged by a local panel of the entire crowd in attendance (so invite your friends if you are pitching!) on May 13,2021 in the evening.
The amount of funds available will determine the amount of funds available. In Spring of 2021, the Social Innovation Fund plans do distribute it’s first round of funding with a total of at least $30,000 available with the intent of awarding three $10,000 grants.
PREVIOUS GRANT WINNERS
Johnson County Senior Center – MyRide
MyRide TN of Johnson County is a senior-friendly program that offers door-through-door transportation that is provided by a well-screened and trained volunteer staff.
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians – Girl Scouts Make a rpl. Effect
This program connects Girl Scouts with peer Girl Scouts who have successfully completed their High Awards, Girl Scout alumni, as well as vetted adult experts in their respected fields.
Northeast TN / Southwest VA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alliance
This alliance intends to build regional awareness and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion for all people of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.