Frequently Asked Questions

What is the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance?

Thanks in large part to a Partners in the Field grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, funded by the Robert Wilson Charitable Trust, along with the generous local support of donors like the Cornerstone Foundation, the Ashe Family, the Chapman Family Foundation, the Haslam Family Foundation, and the Clayton Family Foundation Knox Heritage now assists surrounding counties. The new initiative, known as East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, serves sixteen counties (Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union) around Knox County and will work with others as the need arises. ETPA has a Board of Directors that represent all 16 counties.

More About Partners in the Field
“Preservation fosters innovative solutions to complex problems,” said Richard Moe, former president of the NTHP. “Our Partners in the Field matching grants will help our network of preservation organizations across the country use proven tools to save places and revitalize communities. Our statewide and local partners, including Knox Heritage, are at the creative forefront of preservation in the 21st century.”

Knox Heritage received a $97,500 Partners in the Field matching grant from the NTHP. This grant was used to provide preservation field services over a three-year period in the sixteen-county Knoxville region and increase regional preservation activities.

Funds are used to expand the scope of on-the-ground field services and technical assistance to property owners, developers, local officials, and others needing information and tools to protect and enhance their communities.

Partners in the Field challenge grants were funded by a $5 million gift to the NTHP from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust and matched by contributions of $10,000 or more from local donors and foundations. Knox Heritage secured a matching grant from the Chapman Family Foundation as well as additional funding partners in the region, such as the Haslam Family Foundation, the Ashe Family and the Cornerstone Foundation. In implementing expanded field services funded by the grant, Knox Heritage works closely with NTHP’s Eastern Office in Charleston. More information can be obtained at