TVA Grant

Tennessee DI announces new partnership, grant opportunities with the Tennessee Valley Authority

If you’ve been on the fence about starting a team, this is your time!

If you haven’t had the funding to purchase Team Numbers to get Destination Imagination going in your school or organization, this is your time!

If your school isn’t doing DI this year but you have a group of students who’d like to start an independent team, this is your time!

While Tennessee DI still administers our own Start-a-Team Grant each year, for the 2017-2018 season, we are thrilled to announce another opportunity to ensure that no school or organization is deprived of the opportunity to fully participate in Destination Imagination: We are the proud recipients of a generous grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (“TVA”) for teams in our area.

About the new TVA grant

US-TennesseeValleyAuthority-Logo.svgThanks to the generosity of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee has just received a new grant that will pay the start-up cost of a number of teams in Tennessee! After attending Global Finals last year, TVA wanted to partner with Destination Imagination to build new generations of creative, innovative leaders through our program, starting with our 2017-18 Challenges.

Grant eligibility

The grant is open to new teams AND teams who have participated in DI in the past in all Tennessee counties. Just follow a few quick and easy steps to give students from Kindergarten all the way through secondary level the opportunity to get started on the Destination Imagination journey as a team this year at NO COST for the Team Number and Challenge Materials! This is THEIR TIME!

How to apply

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Select Challenge Program Team Numbers or Rising Stars

Step 3: Enter your new team’s information

Click the “I acknowledge” box, enter organization (name of school, group, organization), select your state, enter quantity, then click add to cart.

Step 4: Check out or create a DI account and check out

If you are done, click shopping cart, click proceed to check out. If you do not have a DI account, you need to create one. Once your account is created, click on your shopping cart and proceed to check out.

Step 5:  Verify shipping address, click free shipping

Step 6: Enter your billing address

Billing address will default to your shipping address (no need to change it).

Step 7: Select PO method of payment.

Make sure you select Purchase Order as Method of Payment.

Step 8: Place order.

Click “place order.” The system will generate a temporary invoice number.

Step 9: VERY IMPORTANT – contact Delilah at DI HQ

Email Delilah at DIHQ the invoice number, and she will apply a temporary PO to release Team Number(s) and ship out the Quick Start Guide, Rules of the Road, and Road Map. In your email, be sure and tell Delilah that this is a team(s) requesting the TVA Grant.

If you run into any trouble, feel free to give Delilah a call at Delilah Passero: 856-324-4688. You may also contact Joanne Quinn, our senior bookkeeper, at 856-324-4579 or by email at

Already received our Start-a-Team grant? Other questions about this grant opportunity?

Feel free to contact the Tennessee Affiliate Director Linda Chambers at 615-646-5236 or with any questions.

We’re so thankful to the TVA for its generous support of creative problem-solving in Tennessee!

About the TVA

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act in 1933 as part of the New Deal to spur economic growth, jobs, and infrastructure for the Tennessee River valley — an area profoundly affected by the Great Depression. The plan was for the TVA to engage in spending to modernize the South by providing electricity and vital infrastructure to our impoverished area while at the same time offering men and women jobs with dignity. The TVA was massively successful in helping to revitalize the South, having provided navigation, fertilization, electricity generation, flood control, and economic development across the State of Tennessee. To this day, the TVA continues to exist as a federally owned corporation and the largest regional planning agency in the country. The TVA has become a world model for modernizing agriculture-based economies in the developing world. The TVA is headquartered in Knoxville.

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