DCEA is a Community Action Agency serving 30 counties in Tennessee and 2 counties in 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 focus of the Agency is to help people help themselves.

DCEA Building Front

DCEA's mission is to provide resources, tools, and opportunities that help low-income families & individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability.

DCEA's goals are :

  • reduce barriers to personal, economic, and social stability preventing low-income families and individuals from achieving self-sufficiency;

  • mitigate the effects of poverty for the elderly and people with disabilities who may not be able to achieve self-sufficiency; 

  • develop and sustain partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people;

  • increase the capacity of the Agency to help clients achieve positive outcomes;

  • working with partners, create and/or improve community development opportunities that result in increased self-sufficiency for low-income community residents. 

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. strives to promote a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusivity. We respect and appreciate the background and experiences of our clients, employees, volunteers, partners, and the residents of the communities we serve. We believe that with hope and adequate resources and opportunities, everyone can reach their fullest potential. 



Community Needs Assessment

Executive Summary

Full Report

Notice of Intent to Submit Grant Applications

    Lottery for Education Afterschool Program         through TN Department of Education

Notice of Board of Directors Meetings

Request for Proposals

2022 RFP for Auditing Services

          2021 Financial Statements