Grant Applications

Mayor

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

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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 ESG-CV ROUND 2 GRANT APPLICATIONS
Housing and Neighborhood Development

The City of Knoxville received notice on June 9, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will be receiving a second allocation of supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). These special ESG-CV funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Non-profit organizations wishing to apply for ESG-CV Round 2 funds can find the Grant Application Packet here:

ESG-CV Round 2 Grant Application Instructions [PDF]  
Funding Priorities [PDF] 
ESG-CV Round 2 Grant Application [WORD] 
Resources [PDF] 

DEADLINE: Applications due by 12 p.m. on October 2, 2020 to the City's Housing and Neighborhood Development staff.

Learn more about the ESG-CV Round 2 Grant Application Packet


QUICK LINKS:
Community Agency Grants
Homeless Agency Grants
Community Development Block Grant
Neighborhood Small Grant Program
Historic Preservation Fund Grant
Façade Improvement Grant
Recreation Challenge Grant



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

2020 Cover Letter [PDF]
2020 Arts & Culture Application [PDF]
2020 Community & Social Services Application [PDF]

DEADLINE: Applications due by 4 p.m. on February 21, 2020 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
(formerly Community Development)

The Homeless Grant Program may include funding from multiple sources – the City of Knoxville, Tennessee Housing and Development Agency (THDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The application packet files for 2020-2021 Homeless Grants Program funds are available below. Please note that a mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop for all applicants will be held on Feb. 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the City's Public Works Service Center (3131 Morris Ave.) to help applicants. Please contact Hope Ealey at 865-215-2290 or by email healey@knoxvilletn.gov for more information.

PY 2020-2021 Homeless Grants Application Packet includes:

Read First: Homeless Grants Application Instructions [PDF]
City of Knoxville Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 Draft Goals and Objectives [PDF]
ESG Program Component Categories Spreadsheet [EXCEL]
Homeless Grants Application [WORD]
Homeless Grants Application Checklist [PDF]

DEADLINE: All grant applications must be received in the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development (Formerly Community Development) Department by 1:00 PM on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

Learn more about the Homeless Agency Grants or contact Hope Ealey at 865-215-2290 or email healey@knoxvilletn.gov.



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
Housing and Neighborhood Development
(formerly Community Development)

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. High priority needs for CDBG (under the 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan) include: Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods; Creating Economic Opportunity; and Enhancing the Availability, Accessibility, and Quality of Affordable Housing. The application packet files for 2020-2021 CDBG Program funds are available below. Please note that a mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop for all applicants will be held on Feb. 7, 2020 at 10:45 a.m. at the City's Public Works Service Center (3131 Morris Ave.) to help applicants. Please contact Hope Ealey at 865-215-2290 or by email healey@knoxvilletn.gov for more information.

PY 2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Packet includes:

Read First: CDBG Application Instructions [PDF]
City of Knoxville Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 Draft Goals and Objectives [PDF]
CDBG Application [WORD]
CDBG Application Checklist [PDF]

DEADLINE: All grant applications must be received in the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development (Formerly Community Development) Department by 1:00 PM on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Learn more about the CDBG grant or contact Hope Ealey at 865-215-2290 or email healey@knoxvilletn.gov.



NEIGHBORHOOD SMALL GRANT PROGRAM
Housing and Neighborhood Development
(formerly Community Development)

The Neighborhood Small Grants Program (NSGP) is designed to strengthen 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: May 2, 2020 at 10 a.m., May 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. or May 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. 

DEADLINE: Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on July 27, 2020. Please check the Neighborhood Small Grants Program page for updates.

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
(formerly Community Development)

For the sixth year in a row, 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
(formerly Community 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 26, 2020

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