Funding & Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of our most requested grant opportunities. This list is not all-inclusive and we frequently send out email blasts to those requesting other grant opportunities with their upcoming deadlines. If you would like to be included on this email list or would like more information regarding any of these funding opportunities please contact either Mitch Loomis at mloomis@etdd.org or Nichole Britt at nbritt@etdd.org.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Provides funding to local governments and nonprofit organizations for community facilities, industrial development, highways, asset-based higher education initiatives, and infrastructure. The local match is based on county ARC status.

Clean Tennessee Energy Grant

Funded through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, this grant program provides financial assistance to state and local utility districts, private businesses and organizations to fund projects that reduce emissions and pollutants.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Provides funding to local governments for water and wastewater projects, housing rehabilitation projects and community livability (including fire protection and emergency service projects).

FEMA Fire Grants

Provides firefighting equipment and training to local career and volunteer fire companies.

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF)

Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants are one of several sources recreation enhancement funding provided by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. TDEC accepts applications every other year.

Recreation Trails Program (RTP)

Recreation Trails Program awards grants to local, state, and federal governments to develop trails and trail facilities. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation accepts applications usually every year.

Safe Routes to School

A federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its programs aim to improve safety for children and the community and provide opportunities to increase physical activity.

For more information please contact Don Brown at (865) 273-6003 or dbrown@etdd.org.

Solid Waste Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Division of Solid Waste Management provides grants to local governments for waste reduction.

For more information please contact Tim Hendrick at (865) 273-6003 or thendrick@etdd.org.

Transportation Alternative Grants

Provides funding for transportation enhancement projects to local governments through the Tennessee Department of Transportation. This grant program funds 80% of construction costs for sidewalks, greenways, downtown revitalization, and historic transportation structure hub.

For more information please contact Don Brown at (865) 273-6003 or dbrown@etdd.org.