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The Neighborhood Small Grants Program (NSGP) strengthens neighborhoods in the City  of Knoxville by supporting a wide range of community-based initiatives through grants and technical assistance.

The program is aimed at resident-controlled, resident-led neighborhood, democratically run groups such as neighborhood watch groups, neighborhood associations, tenant associations, and homeowners associations. 

The general timeline is as follows:

April/May:
Mandatory workshops will be:
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Neighborhood Organizations need to send at least one representative to ONE of the mandatory meetings in order to qualify for a grant submission. 

July: 
If you would like someone from the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment to review your Grant Application for completeness, it needs to be in our office by 4:30 on Monday, July 11.  ALL FINAL GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, July 25, no later than 4:30 P.M.

August/September: Members of a citizens evaluation committee, composed of current and former neighborhood leaders, conduct site visits to learn more about each applicant's proposed project.

October: Recommendations announced, City Council consideration, and contracts signed for projects that will be carried out the following year.

November: Contracts signed

January 2022: Checks received by Non- Profits; Or Checks go to Fiscal Sponsor

Here are the Guidelines and the Application:
Download the 2023 NSGP Guidelines [PDF]
Download the 2023 NSGP Application Form [PDF]

See the list of grant recipients since 2015.

Other resources neighborhoods might benefit from are listed in our Funder's Guide


Submissions may be subject to public inspection pursuant to the
Tennessee Open Records Act, TENN. CODE ANN. § 10-7-503, et seq.