Recreation Challenge Grant

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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2017-2018 Challenge Grant Application Form [PDF]

DEADLINE: Applications were due by 4:30 p.m. on September 15, 2017. Information on 2018-19 Challenge Grants will be available summer 2018.

The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department offers an annual Challenge Grant Program, which provides grants to non-profit 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.

Recipients of a challenge grant will be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost of a single project, up to $2,500.

In past years, grants have been used for playground equipment, water fountains, benches and landscaping. The Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department has been awarding challenge grants to non-profit groups for more than 25 years.

In order to receive a grant, the project must be on City-owned or -leased property and must be related to a facility that is available to all residents on a yearly basis.

The grant funding may not be used to purchase a new facility, regular maintenance, or for the purchase of individual or team equipment.