Community Development Block Grant & Homeless Grant

Community Development Director

Becky Wade
(865) 215-2865

400 Main St., Room 532
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Community Development has two grants with application deadlines on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 12:00 PM (noon).  Please note that each grant comes with specific requirements that include meeting certain federal guidelines. Therefore, attendance is required at a Technical Assistance Workshop for all applicants (see details below).

1.    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant program that funds activities that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons/households and areas in the City of Knoxville. High priority needs for CDBG (under the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan*) include: strengthening neighborhoods, promoting economic development, and promoting affordable housing.

These are the documents needed to complete your application:

•    PY2016 CDBG Application Instructions [DOC]
•    PY2016 CDBG Application [DOC]
•    PY2016 CDBG Exhibit 1 Project Budget [XLS]
•    PY2016 CDBG Checklist [DOC]

2.    The Homeless Grant 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). This grant program funds activities in the City of Knoxville that meet the high priority need (under the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan*) of reducing and ending homelessness.

These are the documents needed to complete your application:

•    PY2016 Homeless Application Instructions [DOC]
•    PY2016 Homeless Application [DOC]
•    PY2016 Homeless Exhibit 1 Project Budget [XLS]
•    PY2016 Homeless Checklist [DOC]

* More information about the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan (including information about high priority need activities) can be found at under “Reports and Plans.”

In addition,

•    Grant applicants must be a non profit, 501(c)(3) organization
•    Funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis only (there is no provision for any up front funds)
•    Leverage and/or match is required
•    Funding may begin as soon as July 1, 2016 (see below for a timeline)
•    There are quarterly reporting requirements and an extensive monitoring process involved
•    Activities awarded funds must first meet certain environmental conditions
•    Activities (agencies) awarded funds must first meet certain insurance requirements

Because of the fairly extensive grant requirements, both the CDBG and Homeless grants require (mandatory) attendance by applicants at a Technical Assistance Workshop. Staff will give a presentation, go through each grant application requirements and be available to answer your questions.

The Technical Assistance Workshop will be held at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona Street on Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016 at the following times:
•    10:00 AM for CDBG applicants and
•    11:00 AM for Homeless Grant applicants
•    Inclement weather date for the workshop is Tuesday, February 16th, same place, same time.

The deadline for submitting an application to the City is 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, Feb. 19th, 2016. Applications will be accepted by mail, FedEx or hand delivery. The City will not consider any application received after that time.

The Approval Process:
•    Eligible applications are reviewed and scored based on applicant capacity, project quality, meeting a high priority need, and fiscal effectiveness.
•    Awards are based on available funding the City receives as well as leverage and/or match the applicant provides.
•    Recommended activities will then be included in the City’s PY2016 Annual Action Plan process.  (Notification of homeless grant awards may be made separately and not included in the Annual Action Plan).

For additional information contact Linda Rust at  or call 865-215-2120.