The Knoxville Bar Foundation was established in 1992 to improve the administration of justice, to enhance the public’s understanding of and confidence in the legal system, and to serve the legal profession. The Bar Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $ 485,000 for local law-related projects and programs since its inception. This is a meaningful contribution to programs that promote and enable the essence of what we as lawyers seek – liberty and justice for all. Last year the Board of Directors approved thirteen grant requests, totaling $30,000.

In May, 2021, the Knoxville Bar Foundation will again award grants to deserving applicants. The individual grant awards usually are $5,000 or less and the deadline for submitting grant applications is March 5, 2021. Please note that grant funding may not be used for operating costs and endowments. We are excited about this year’s grant program and encourage interested parties and organizations to apply. Please go to to download an application. Submit all grant applications before 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2021 to Charles Swanson, Chairman, Knoxville Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 2027, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901 or deliver to 505 W. Main Street, Suite 50, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.


Download a grant application


Knoxville Bar Foundation Board of Directors
Charles W. Swanson, Chair

William Coley, Treasurer

Adrienne L. Anderson

Heidi A. Barcus

John K. Harber

Reggie E. Keaton

Wayne R. Kramer

Mary Ann Stackhouse

Hon. Deborah C. Stevens


For questions regarding the 2021 grant applications, please contact Charles Swanson at (865) 215-2050 or email at