Grant Applications


Madeline Rogero
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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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. Homeless service providers should apply for the Homeless Grant via Community Development. Homeless Grant application will be available on Feb. 5, 2018.

2018 Cover Letter [PDF] 
2018 Arts & Culture Application [PDF] 
2018 Community & Social Services Application [PDF] 

DEADLINE: Applications due by 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018

For more information about these applications, please click here 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 fourth 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 November 13, 2017 (view the RFP). A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 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.

DEADLINE: Proposals due by 11 a.m. on November 13, 2017

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 will be available on this page on February 5, 2018. Those interested in applying for 2018-2019 Homeless Grant Program funds must attend the mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop on February 8, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the O'Connor Center, 611 Winona Street. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held on February 12, 2018, same time and location. Application will be available on Feb. 5, 2018.

2018 Homeless Grant Application [PDF]
2018 Homeless Grant Instructions [PDF]
2018 Homeless Grant Exhibit 1 [PDF]

DEADLINE: Applications due by 12 noon in the Community Development Office on February 23, 2018

For more information about this application, please click here 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. You must attend ONE of the two Mandatory Workshops: Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Public Works Building, 3131 Morris Ave. OR Thursday, June 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Knoxville Station, 301 E Church Ave. Contact Debbie Sharp at or 215-4382 to register for either of these two workshops.

DEADLINE: Applications due on June 17, 2017

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 dues by 4:30 p.m. on September 14, 2018

For more information about this application, please click here or call 865-215-1712.