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Since 2010, the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union SIMPLY SMART Foundation has carried out the Credit Union's core philosophy of People Helping People. The Foundation partners with schools to provide resources and support for classroom needs and projects.


Teachers, are you ready to fund your next project? Apply for the SIMPLY SMART grant for up to $1,500.00 on qualifying classroom projects or needs through our online application portal. Grants up to $1,500.00 are available to each public high school within our service area.



Simply Smart Grants are offered by Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Foundation for Education to assist educators with classroom needs and projects. Grants up to $1,500.00 are available to each eligible public high school in the Credit Union's service area: Johnson City, Blount, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, and Sullivan counties.



    • AUGUST: Online Application Portal opens
    • OCTOBER 1: Application Deadline
    • DECEMBER 1: Recipients of the Simply Smart Grant notified
    • MID-DECEMBER: Funds awarded to recipients
    • MAY 1: Post-Grant Report and receipts due



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    "On behalf of Dobyns-Bennett Robotics Team, we want to extend our thanks for your support and grant of $1,500.00. Through your grant opportunity, you are not only helping the team to build a robot and travel to competitions, but you are also supporting real-world, hands-on opportunities for young people to develop their creative skills and discover how complex electromechanical systems work."

    Dobyns-Bennett Robotics Team, Dobyns-Bennett High School 


    "Thank you so much for coming to deliver the grant. I really appreciate the goodies and plaque. Thank you for supporting education."

    Libby Hess, Greenback High School

    "Heritage High School Career & Technical Education Automotive Collision Repair program would like to thank you for helping us receive the Simply Smart Grant for $1,500.00. We purchased a Maxi-Multiple Pull Resistance Welder and used it to teach students industry practices of mending automobiles in a modern learning environment."

    Randy Byrd, Heritage High School

    "The grant money was used to purchase items for flexible seating in the classroom. The students are really enjoying having different options for seating. They are able to focus more and have adequate room for their work."

    Rachel Acuff, Morristown East High School

    "With the purchase of five iPad minis, more students are able to individually practice and reinforce their mathematical skills on a daily basis. Students can checkout iPads so they can work on their skills from home. The greatest part of receiving the grant is the technology will continue to benefit each of the students at Karns High School as the iPad minis are sustainable for years to come."

    Joann LaPointe, Karns High School

    Eligibility Criteria: (1) Employed full-time as an educator at an eligible public high school, (2) Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year, and (3) Project grant funds may be used for registration fees, but not for transportation. Recipients of the last year's Simply Smart Grant are not eligible to apply for this school year. However, any other educator from the school may apply.