WATE 6 On Your Side is committed to helping our communities through partnerships with non-profit organizations who serve all or part of East Tennessee. 

“We have great respect and admiration for the work our community partners do, and we have the ability to share their mission with our viewers,” said WATE Vice President and General Manager, Coby Cooper. “Furthermore, we have a responsibility to bring the issues facing our community to light, and to utilize our resources to help make East Tennessee a better place to live, work, and play.”

In 2018, WATE will further advance that effort by making a Million Dollar Community Investment. Throughout the year WATE will invest $1 million dollars in the form of multimedia grants that we will award to area non-profit organizations.  We invite area organizations to apply for a portion of the $1 million dollars to help with their media needs and community outreach efforts.

Grant applications will be reviewed and awarded monthly. The grants may take the form of airtime, public service announcements, digital media, talent appearances, news coverage, event promotion, or a fully integrated partnership.

It takes a significant investment to build strong communities, so it is our hope to help as many organizations as possible with the launch of this grant. 

“We are truly grateful to be part of a generous and community-minded place like East Tennessee, and the Million Dollar Community Investment is our way of bringing together media, business, and non-profit entities to improve lives,” said Cooper. 

If you feel your organization meets the criteria for consideration of a Million Dollar Community Investment grant, we invite you to fill out the application. Your application will be reviewed and answered in a timely manner.  Applications received after the 15th of the month may be reviewed in the following month. Questions about MDCI can be directed to Melanie Morris, Director of Community Development at mmorris@wate.com.

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