Save our Signs

In 2010, JFG Coffee and Knox Heritage announced a new joint initiative called Save Our Signs (SOS). The initiative is intended to help preserve East Tennessee’s endangered historic signs that add both texture and a sense of place to our communities. JFG and Reily Foods donated $15,000 to start the SOS fund. The donation was generated from purchases of JFG Coffee in grocery stores and in restaurants throughout the Knoxville area between August 24 and December 31, 2010.

The SOS fund is administered by Knox Heritage and covers Knox County as well as the 15 surrounding counties (Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union). Knox Heritage makes all decisions regarding allocation of fund resources and selection of projects. Applications for SOS grants are accepted on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Application deadlines are quarterly (Last business day of March, June, September & December each year) and are reviewed by a panel of local experts. For more information about SOS and to download the application, please see “How To Apply” below.

Past Recipients

Regas Sqaure, Knoxville
Candoro Marble Building & Hoskins Drug Store Receive SOS Grants
 (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Hoskins Drugstore, Clinton
Pizza Palace Receives SOS Grant from KH and JFG
Knox Heritage Announces First SOS Grant for Harriman’s Princess Theatre

how to apply

Annual deadlines: March 31 | June 30 | September 30 | December 31

Download more information and apply

KH SOS Program Intro
KH SOS Grant Application

Please Note: All work on grant-awarded signs must adhere to the National Park Service’s Preservation Brief No. 25. Further information is available online at