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2020 HOME CHDO Mini-Round Program

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Affordable Housing for Low-Income Residents

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Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)

Deadline Date:

02/11/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for affordable housing for low-income residents and families. Funding will support the rehabilitation, preservation, and production of single-family housing units. Grants may be used for homeownership programs; CHDO operating expenses, developer’s fees and CHDO proceeds; and project soft costs.

Eligible Activities:

There are specific eligible activities under the 2020 HOME CHDO Mini-Round Program Description that must address the housing needs of low-income households. Manufactured housing and manufactured housing lots are not eligible for HOME assistance. Housing does not include emergency shelters (including shelters for disaster victims) or facilities such as nursing homes, convalescent homes, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and dormitories, including those for farm workers or housing for students.

Eligible housing activities include:

  1. Homeownership Programs
  2. CHDO Operating Expenses, Developer’s Fees and CHDO Proceeds.
  3. Project Soft Costs

For information about eligible activities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167520

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants must apply for at least $100,000
- Maximum grant is $1,000,000
- Limit of $1,000,000 that can be awarded to any one county

Term of Contract:

HOME Reservation of Funds for applicants funded under the CHDO Matrix will begin April 1, 2021, and will end March 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, a non-profit organization seeking CHDO status must:
1. Meet one of the two following criteria:
a. All private, nonprofit organizations must be organized and existing in the State of Tennessee (as evidenced by a Certificate of Existence from the Tennessee Secretary of State, dated no more than thirty (30) days prior to the application date); OR
b. Be organized and existing under the laws of another state and be qualified to do business in Tennessee (as evidenced by a Certificate of Existence from the other state’s Secretary of State dated no more than thirty (30) days prior to the application date and by a Certificate of Authorization to do business in Tennessee from the Tennessee Secretary of State, dated no more than thirty (30) days prior to the application date).
2. Demonstrate at least two (2) years of experience providing affordable housing or affordable housing related services in the state of Tennessee satisfactory to THDA, in its sole discretion.
3. Have no part of its net earnings inuring to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor or individual;
4. Have among its purposes the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate-income persons, as evidenced in its charter, articles of incorporation, resolutions or by-laws, and experience in the provision of housing to low income households;
5. Have standards of financial accountability that conform to 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Audit Requirements and Cost Principles; and
6. Have an IRS designation under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit applicant may not submit an application until they have received their designation from the IRS. A 501(c)(4) nonprofit applicant must provide documentation satisfactory to THDA, in its sole discretion, that the nonprofit has filed the necessary materials with the IRS and received a response from the IRS demonstrating 501(c)(4) status.

Additional requirements can be found at

For a list of prohibited activities, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2020 HOME CHDO Mini-Round MUST be submitted through the online application system (GMS) no later than 11:59:59 PM CST, Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified on or about March 12, 2021

THDA will not require applicants to provide match towards funded projects. Although no local match is required, THDA will award points based on the contribution of eligible match reflected in an application as specified in the scoring matrix. THDA will count any qualifying non-federal project funds or other resources reflected in successful applications that qualify as match under the HOME rule toward the match requirement.

HOME awards will be in the form of a reimbursement grant.

Application Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Bill Lord
Housing Program Manager

Community Programs Office
502 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243
General Information: 615-815-2200
Toll Free: 800-228-THDA

Grant Coverage Areas:

Local participating jurisdictions (Local PJs) are those local governments in Tennessee that receive HOME funds directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Local PJs are Clarksville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville-Davidson County, Knox County, Shelby County, and the Northeast Tennessee/Virginia Consortium (the cities of Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bluff City, Sullivan County, and Washington County, excluding the Town of Jonesborough).

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