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Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Affordable Housing for Low-Income Residents

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Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)

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03/05/20 11:59 PM CST


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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and community housing development organizations in eligible regions for affordable housing for low-income residents and families. Funding will support the rehabilitation, preservation, and production of single housing units. Grants may be used for Homeownership Development or for Urban/Rural Funding.

Eligible housing activities include:

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

For information about eligible activities, see:

THDA encourages the inclusion of features that allow individuals with physical disabilities to reside and/or visit the housing that is constructed or rehabilitated with federal HOME funds. For additional information, see:

For information about Urban and Rural Matrices, see:

For information about CHDO Matrix, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167520

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Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant must apply for at least $100,000. Applicants applying under the Urban and Rural Matrices may apply for a maximum HOME grant of $500,000. There is a $750,000 limit on the amount of HOME funds that can be awarded in any one county under the Urban and Rural Matrices. If seeking funding as a CHDO the maximum HOME grant an applicant may apply for is $750,000.

For additional information about HOME investments, see Page 16 of the Program Description in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

HOME contracts will begin July 1, 2020 and will end June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HOME funds are awarded through a competitive application process to cities, counties and non-profit organizations outside local participating jurisdictions. 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).

Non-profit organizations located in a local participating jurisdiction may apply for projects located outside the local participating jurisdictions. For the 2020 application cycle, nonprofit organizations seeking designation as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) serving a local participating jurisdiction may apply for projects located within the local participating jurisdictions.

To be eligible, a nonprofit organization 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.

THDA will also accept HOME applications from nonprofit organizations seeking designation as a community housing development organization (CHDO). A CHDO is a private, non-profit organization that meets all the
requirements for a non-profit listed above, plus additional requirements, which can be found here:

CHDOs may only apply for HOME funding for projects in which the CHDO is the owner and developer.

Applicants with past HOME grants from THDA under the Urban or Rural Matrices or under the CHDO Matrix must meet both of the requirements found here:

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.

For a list of prohibited activities, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Due to significant changes to the application process ALL organizations that intend to apply for the 2020 HOME Funds are strongly encouraged to attend one of these workshops:

Middle Tennessee:
January 8, 2020:
1. Non-Profit Organizations applying as a CHDO: 9AM to Noon
2. City and County Governments and non-profits organizations applying under the Urban and Rural Matrices: 1PM to 4PM
Murfreesboro Housing Authority
415 North Maple St., Maple Room
Murfreesboro, TN

East Tennessee:
January 9, 2020
1. Non-Profit Organizations applying as a CHDO: 9AM to Noon
2. City and County Governments and non-profits organizations applying under the Urban and Rural Matrices: 1PM to 4PM
First Tennessee Development District
3211 N. Road St.
Johnson City, TN

CANCELLED - East Tennessee - January 10, 2020 - Chattanooga Housing Authority - Chattanooga, TN

West Tennessee:
January 15, 2020
1. Non-Profit Organizations applying as a CHDO: 9AM to Noon
2. City and County Governments and non-profits organizations applying under the Urban and Rural Matrices: 1PM to 4PM
Southwest Tennessee Development District
102 E. College St.
Jackson, TN

If you or your representative(s) plan to attend one of these workshops please reply via email to Bill Lord and let him know who will attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the HOME program must be received by THDA on or before 11:59 PM CDT on Thursday, March 5, 2020. THDA anticipates notifying successful applicants by June 1, 2020.

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

For the FY 2020 HOME program, THDA will continue to provide the required federal match for projects submitted under the Urban/Rural Round and CHDO Rounds. 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 non-federal project funds or other resources reflected in successful applications that qualify as match under the HOME rule toward the match requirement.

Any project that has leveraged funds will receive additional points.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online and take eligibility quiz (from January 15):

Bill Lord

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

See Additional Eligibility above for eligible cites and counties.

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