News & Events

2019 Knox County Foundation Grant Applications Now Available

Non-profit organizations serving Knox County are invited to apply for financial assistance from the Knox County Foundation, formerly the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County. Applications for both Major and Small grants for 2019 are now available online at The submission deadline for the first of two major grant rounds in 2019 is January 15, with grant … Read More

Community Foundation to become Knox County Foundation

The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County will embark on its 75th anniversary year with a more compact name and refreshed corporate branding, Executive Director Sam Barone announced today. Effective January 1, 2019, Knox County’s longest-operating provider of grants and college scholarships will become the “Knox County Foundation.” The change in name will not impact any of its … Read More

2018 Community Foundation scholarship awards exceeding $1 million for first time in 74 years

           Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County scholarship distributions have begun at area high school awards ceremonies, and will exceed $1 million for the first time in the organization’s 74-year history, according to Executive Director Sam Barone.             In all 515 scholarships will be awarded to 393 individual students, totaling $1,013,850, Barone said. The … Read More

Quick Takes

Engineering scholarships available through Ariel Foundation

  The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County is pleased to share news of exciting scholarship opportunities now available through the Ariel Foundation. Read below or visit the Ariel Foundation website at for more information. The James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded annually to students of sophomore status or above who … Read More

View our 2015 Annual Report

The online version of the 2015 Annual Report of the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County is now available for viewing. The 28-page report provides detailed information on each of the Community Foundation’s 375+ component funds. The report also provides a year in review report of new funds created within the Foundation and highlights grant-making activity by the … Read More

Register now for August 15 Nick Gaumer Scholarship Fund 5K

Registration is now open for the “We Never Run Alone” 5K scheduled for Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 a.m., benefitting the Nick Gaumer Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon. The annual event is once again being held in conjunction with the Dan Emmett Arts & Music Festival in Mount Vernon. Click the following link to download a … Read More