Grant Applications


Indya Kincannon
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Tennessee Open Records Act, TENN. CODE ANN. § 10-7-503, et seq.

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. Community Agency Grant applications will be posted soon.

2020 Cover Letter [PDF] - coming soon!
2020 Arts & Culture Application [PDF] - coming soon!
2020 Community & Social Services Application [PDF] - coming soon!

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

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

Mayor's Office, 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. 

Mayor Madeline Rogero created the Historic Preservation Fund 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

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 for 2019-2020 Homeless Grants Program funds will be available on this page on February 1, 2019, and due at noon on February 22, 2019 (please see application instructions below for detailed info). While there will not be a mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop this year, new applicants are encouraged to contact Linda Rust at 865-215-2357 or by email

2019-2020 Homeless Grants Program Application Instructions [PDF]
2019-2020 Homeless Grants Program Application and Exhibits [DOC]
2019-2020 Homeless Grants Program Exhibit I. Project Budget [XLS]
ESG Program Component Categories Description [XLS]

DEADLINE: Applications due by 12 noon on February 22, 2019 in the Community Development Office 

Learn more about the Homeless Grant or contact Linda Rust at 865-215-2120 or email

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

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. 

Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on May 29, 2020

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