Grant Applications

Mayor

Indya Kincannon
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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COMMUNITY AGENCY GRANTS
Mayor's Office

Your non-profit organization may apply for a Community Agency Grant if it operates within the City of Knoxville and has been in operation for at least five years. There are two different application forms. One is for organizations seeking a grant within the Arts and Culture category and the second is for organizations seeking a grant within the Community and Social Services category. Providers of homeless services should apply for the Homeless Grant via Community Development

2021 Cover Letter [PDF]
2021 Arts & Culture Application [PDF]
2021 Community & Social Services Application [PDF]
2021 Community Agency Grants Goals & Priorities [PDF]

DEADLINE: Applications due by 4 p.m. on February 25, 2021 to Jennifer Searle in the Mayor's Office

Learn more about Community Agency Grants or contact Jennifer Searle at 865-215-2267 or jsearle@knoxvilletn.gov.



HOMELESS AGENCY GRANTS
Housing and Neighborhood Development

2021-2022 Grant Information available here

The Homeless Grant Program may include funding from multiple sources –  including HUD Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) for PY2021-2022, CARES Act supplemental ESG (ESG-CV) and City of Knoxville Homeless General Funds.  The application packet files for 2021-2022 Homeless Grants Program funds are available below. Please note that mandatory Technical Assistance Workshops for all applicants will be held on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. via ZOOM to help applicants. Click here for workshop information including ZOOM links, meeting IDs and passwords.

PY 2021-2022 Homeless Grants Application Packet includes:

• Homeless Grants Application [Word]
• Homeless Grants Resources [Word]
• Homeless Grants Application Information and Instructions [PDF]
• Application Checklist [Word]

DEADLINE: All grant applications must be received in the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development (Formerly Community Development) Department by 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, February 19, 2021. 

Learn more about Homeless Agency Grants.



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
Housing and Neighborhood Development

PY 2021-2022 Grant Information available here

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant program that fund activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons/households and areas in the City of Knoxville. The application packet files for 2021-2022 CDBG Program funds are available below. Please note that mandatory Technical Assistance Workshops for all applicants will be held Feb. 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. via ZOOM to help applicants. Click here for workshop information including ZOOM links, meeting IDs and passwords. 

PY 2021-2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Packet includes:

•    Community Development Block Grants Application [Word]
•    Community Development Block Grants Resources [Word]
•    City of Knoxville's Priority Goals and Objectives [PDF]
•    Community Development Block Grants Application Information and  Instructions [PDF]
•    Application Checklist [Word]

DEADLINE: All grant applications must be received in the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development (Formerly Community Development) Department by 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, February 19, 2021. 

Learn more about the CDBG Grants



NEIGHBORHOOD SMALL GRANT PROGRAM
Housing and Neighborhood Development

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 groups such as neighborhood watch groups, neighborhood associations, tenant associations, and homeowners associations. 

If you are considering applying for the Neighborhood Small Grant Program this year, make note of the workshop dates. Neighborhood groups intending to apply for a grant must send a representative to a mandatory pre-application workshop: Saturday, Apr 24 from 10 a.m.-12 noon, Tuesday, Apr 27 from 5-7 p.m. or Thursday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m.

DEADLINE: Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on July 26, 2021. Please check the Neighborhood Small Grants Program page for updates and the applications.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Small Grants Program or contact Contact Debbie Sharp at 215-4382 or email  dsharp@knoxvilletn.gov.



HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND GRANT
Mayor's Office, Housing and Neighborhood Development

The City of Knoxville will grant a total of $500,000 to owners of historic residential or commercial buildings through its Historic Preservation Fund Program. Proposals will be accepted through 11 a.m. on December 20, 2019 (view the RFP). A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2019 at the City's Public Works Center at 3131 Morris Ave. 

The Historic Preservation Fund was created by former Mayor Madeline Rogero with an initial commitment of $500,000 in the 2014-15 budget, and an additional $500,000 has been funded by City Council each year since. The fund is intended to help fill financing gaps for renovation of historic properties within city limits. Applicants must own the property, which may be residential or commercial and located within the city limits. Funding will be secured by a deed of trust on the property. 

DEADLINE: Proposals due by 11 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2019

Learn more about the Historic Preservation Fund Grant



FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Housing and Neighborhood Development

The City of Knoxville Community Development Office is providing an incentive program to improve the façades of certain types of buildings within targeted redevelopment areas. By bettering the appearance of building façades, the program serves to improve the economic viability of these areas. Better aesthetics increase property values, improve the marketability of space within the buildings and draw business and residents to the area.

Learn more about the Façade Improvement Program



RECREATION CHALLENGE GRANT
Parks and Recreation

The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department accepts applications for its Challenge Grant Program, which offers grants to nonprofit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities within the City limits. 

The grants are available to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) status community groups, homeowner associations, schools, scout troops and other organizations. 

DEADLINE:
Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on June 25, 2021

Learn more about the Recreation Challenge Grant or call 865-215-1712.