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Athens Federal Foundation Accepting Grant Applications
About Us Athens Federal Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Athens Federal Foundation announced that it will award $96,045 to area charitable organizations during the 2015 calendar year. Grant applications will be available June 1 at any Athens Federal Community Bank office and online at


The two-month grant application period ends August 7 at 5 p.m. EST. Grant recipients will be announced in September and awards will be distributed during the fourth quarter. All non-profit organizations in Athens Federal’s service area are encouraged to apply, including those in Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties. The Foundation anticipates receiving more requests for support than it can approve, but encourages all applicants to apply and keep the Foundation informed of their activities and needs. Grants are generally limited to five thousand dollars per applicant per year.


In 2014, the Foundation awarded $89,783 to 25 local non-profit and charitable organizations, including:

  • McMinn County Educational & Community Foundation
  • Etowah Rescue Squad
  • CASA Monroe
  • Wesley Memorial UMC Helping Hand
  • Tri-County Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area
  • Lift & Redemption Ministries (The Caring Place)
  • Nourish One Child Outreach Program of Keith Memorial UMC
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Adult & Family Education of McMinn County
  • Habitat for Humanity of McMinn County
  • HOPE Center, Inc.
  • Coordinated Charities of Athens, Inc.
  • CASA of Bradley County
  • Morning Star Ministries
  • Helping Hands Ministry
  • The Grace House (Athens)
  • CASA Corridor of East Tennessee
  • Women at the Well
  • Miracle Lake Christian Training
  • Full Circle Medical Center for Women
  • McMinn County Emergency & Rescue Squad
  • McMinn Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • Good Faith Clinic
  • Lee University (English Language Center)

The Athens Federal Foundation was established by Athens Bancshares Corporation, the holding company for Athens Federal Community Bank, and its shareholders as part of the Bank’s 2009 stock conversion. The Foundation was created to provide funding and support for charitable causes within the bank’s market (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties). In conjunction with the initial stock offering, Athens Bancshares Corporation contributed $1,000,000 (one million dollars) of Athens Bancshares Corporation stock and $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) in cash to the Foundation.

The Foundation’s mission is to “support and fund community development via affordable housing, job training and programs that assist the economically disadvantaged. The Foundation will also consider requests for educational initiatives, health care programs and supportive human service programs as well as local cultural institutions for the purpose of broadening access to cultural and arts activities.”

The 2015 Foundation Board of Directors includes:

Linda Caldwell
Elaine Cathcart – Chairman
Kathy Clark
John Cockrell
Moises Contreras
Jeff Cunningham – President
Allen Carter
Ray Grant
Vant Hardaway
Michael R. Hutsell – Treasurer
Joel Riley
Sandra Rowland
Lyn B. Thompson
Larry Wallace
Amy Yarber - Secretary

According to Foundation President and CEO Jeff Cunningham, “all local non-profit and charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for 2015 grants."

He continued, "the Foundation Board reviewed more than 65 applications for monetary assistance in 2014 and is optimistic that number will increase this year. There is no denying the overwhelming need in our community and the Foundation is dedicated to its mission of providing support for essential program development.” Cunningham said, “… consistent with our increase in grant awards this year [over $15,750 more than 2014], we expect the Foundation’s assets to continue to grow, allowing us to grant additional funds each year to deserving causes.”

For more information about the Athens Federal Foundation or its grants for the 2015 calendar year, contact Amy Yarber at 423-745-1111 or stop by any Athens Federal office. Visit for locations.