2020 Derby Day Grant Application

It’s hard to believe but this year will be our third annual Knox Derby Day. For this annual event, we will direct funds for up to 5 worthy causes. We have partnered with Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) to be a cornerstone charity of this event. Our committee has also decided that each year we will allow applications to be submitted and we will select up to four additional charities for this event to support.

The first two events have combined to net over $15,000 and we look to continue to grow the event further this year with a renewed drive and focus.

The application process is open to any East Tennessee based 501.3(c) charities that have missions that align with Checkerboard Children’s Charities’ Mission and have an annual operating budget of less than $500,000. We are focused on addressing the fundamental needs of at-risk children if four key areas.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Clothing and Necessities

The deadline for us to receive this application is March 15, 2020. Please complete the application linked below and return to us via e-mail or snail mail.

Link to the Application in PDF Format

Derby Day Check Presentations

Following a very successful inaugural 2018 Knox Derby Day, we were able to present 3 checks to very deserving local establishments that are making a difference in children’s lives.

The first check was presented to Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) for $5,400. Then we presented a check to Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (KICKO) for $1,150. Finally, the last check was presented to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Department of Pain and Palliative Care for $5,150. This means our inaugural event was able to raise a grand total of $11,700 to directly impact children’s based causes in East Tennessee. Thank you for everyone who participated in making this event a great success!