Community Improvement (202) Funds

City Recorder

Will Johnson
(865) 215-2075

400 Main St., Room 467
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The Community Improvement Fund created in July 1st, 1989 and allows appropriations to be made at the discretion of Council to nonprofits organizations. The fund is regulated by T.C.A §6-54-111 and Knoxville City Code §2-596 through §2-603 which requires certain documents be provided to the City Council office per request for funds. 

Below is checklist to use for your request. Send the completed checklist and documents listed to the email or address included. Allow time before your specific event for the checklist to be reviewed and the funds appropriated, it can take 2 weeks or longer for this process if your checklist and documentation is complete. After Council has responded to a request a notification will be sent to the contact person provided on the checklist. If you have questions refer to the FAQs below, if you do not find your answer there contact the City Council office or Council member.

Schools and non-profit entities should contact the City Council Office at 865-215-3022.

Funds Request Checklist [PDF]


• Currently each council district and the three at-large seats are allotted $10,000 per fiscal year.
• If the organization does not have an independent audit or audit financial statements completed each year a copy of the most recent IRS Form 990 filed can be used.
• If the organization does not have all of the required documents it is ineligible. However, you can contact an eligible organization and ask them to serve as a fiscal agent. If you choose this the letter on letterhead from your organization as well as the fiscal agent organization will be needed.
• Fund is regulated by T.C.A §6-54-111 and Knoxville City Code §2-596 through §2-603


• 990 E-Postcard Example [PDF]

• IRS Designation Letter [PDF]


Savannah Kirk, Internal Auditor
City Recorder's Office
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
Phone: 865-215-3022