The Empty Cup

The Empty Cup is a new kind of coffeehouse that will be a gathering space with excellent coffee, local food, a market place, and live music. But it goes beyond that. The goal is to rethink how adoption fundraising is done. The Empty Cup will become a sustainable source for adoption fundraising. As people pour into The Empty Cup, they will pour back out to local families in the form of adoption grants.


Our advice? When thinking about adoption, talk with any and all adoption related agencies and people who have gone through the process. Seek out people who YOU feel comfortable with and have the expertise to walk with you step by step.

A great first step, go to the Knox Area Foster Care and Adoption Ministries website. They can provide you with information about adoption agencies, services, support, attorneys, foster care PATH classes, and oh, so much more!

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The Empty Cup Grant Application

Below you will find a link to apply for a grant from The Empty Cup.

Grant applications are reviewed and decided upon by our Board of Directors. The awarded grants are determined by need and available funding.

In order to become eligible for a grant, you must:

  • Be a resident in the state of Tennessee.

  • Have a current and completed home study prior to submitting a grant application. Grants will not be offered post placement.

  • Adoptions must be through a licensed 501(c)(3) agency.

Additional information may/may not need to be submitted during the grant application process.

Please download Grant Application here.