Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority (DCEA) was founded in 1965. DCEA is a community action agency serving 30 counties in Tennessee and 2 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The purpose of the agency is to help families living in poverty improve their lives by providing them with assistance and services that they are not able to provide for themselves. The main focus of the agency is to help people help themselves. The agency's mission is to provide resources, tools, and opportunities that help low-incomes families and individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability. Current programs located at DCEA include: Upward Bound (2 programs), EOC, Talent Search, Head Start, Early Head Start, LIHEAP, Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Service Centers, RSVP Senior Corps, Affordable Housing, Hamblen County Workforce and Education Partnership, 21st Century Learning Centers, Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs, and SRAE. For more info about DCEA, click here.


There are currently 4 TRIO programs (Appalachian Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Appalachian Educational Talent Search, and Appalachian Upward Bound I & II) at DCEA serving 13 counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.





Counties Served:

Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, and Hawkins

Funded to Serve:

1,000 annually


Counties Served:

Bell KY, Campbell, Claiborne, and Harlan KY

Funded to Serve:

779 annually


Counties Served:

Grainger, Hawkins, Morgan, and Scott

Funded to Serve:

148 annually

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