Neighborhood Small Grants Program

Neighborhood Coordinator

Debbie Sharp
(865) 215-3232

400 Main St., Room 528
Knoxville, TN 37902

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

The 2019 funding cycle, now underway, includes these steps and dates:

May 8, 2018: The Office of Neighborhoods issued the 2019 NSGP Guidelines and Application. These documents have been revised since the 2018 cycle.

May and June 2018: Neighborhood groups intending to apply for a grant must send a representative to a mandatory pre-application workshop. Attendance at one of these three workshops is mandatory in order to apply for the grant:

*** Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.-12 noon
*** Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-12 noon
*** Thursday, June 14, 6-8 p.m.

Even if you doubt that your neighborhood group will apply this year, sending a representative ensures that you are eligible to apply. Participation can also assist your group in planning for a 2020 grant application.

Contact Debbie Sharp at or 215-4382 to register for one of the workshops. When you register, you will receive the location of that workshop. 

July 30, 2018: Applications are due. See documents for details.

August/September 2018: 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.

Fourth Quarter 2018: Recommendations announced, City Council consideration, contracts signed, and checks issued for projects that will be carried out during calendar year 2019.

Here are the Guidelines and the Application:
Download the 2019 NSGP Guidelines [PDF]
Download the 2019 NSGP Application Form [PDF]

Please note that this version of the Application will be changed to a fillable PDF no later than May 14. A fillable PDF can be downloaded and filled out on your computer.

See the list of grant recipients since 2015.