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Grants to Tennessee Government Agencies for
Industrial Development Projects in Rural Communities

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Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD)

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Deadline Date:

03/13/20 4:30 PM CST


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Grants to Tennessee governmental entities, including counties, cities, and Industrial Development Boards, for activities that help rural communities attract industrial development. High-impact grants must be pre-approved and all applicants must submit an LOI before applying. This grant opportunity will improve many of TNECD’s nationally recognized Select Tennessee certified sites and prepare other sites to achieve certification.

Eligible Activities: 

  • Construction Activities:  Access roadways, acceleration/deceleration/turn lanes, traffic signalization, rail lines/signalization/switching, utility line construction/relocation including electricity, water, sewer, gas and telecommunications
  • Property-Related Activities:  Purchase of property, right-of-way, easements, legal fees, tree/vegetation clearing, grubbing, grading, drainage improvements, detention/retention ponds, due diligence studies
  • High Impact Grants:
    • Would be considered to address a final significant deficiency which, if overcome, would greatly increase the marketability of the site.
    • Preference would be given to sites that are capable of accommodating high-impact projects with large capital investments.
  • Due Diligence Grants
    • Site must be under option for a minimum of three years prior to grant being awarded.
    • Funding for site due diligence may not be awarded if there are other problems with the site that cause concern for development.
    • Though TNECD prefers that the options be secured at no charge, if option costs are necessary, they can be used as local match.
  • Rehabilitation of publicly-owned industrial buildings: Certification requirement would be waived if funded.
  • Minimum acreage requirement for Tier 3 and Tier 4 Counties to 10 acres: Certification requirement would be waived if funded.
  • Property Purchase Additions:
    • Expansion of a business or industrial park adjacent to an area that has been certified.
    • Purchasing of neighboring (adjacent) property in cases where the demolition of structures would make the site more marketable; structures must be vacant or vacated voluntarily to prevent displacement of residents.
  • Brownfield Remediation
    • Application must be accompanied by an industrial clean-up plan approved by TDEC Division of Remediation.
    • ECD reserves the right to only fund a limited number of remediation applications.
    • Properties must still meet normal eligibility requirements for the Site Development Grant Program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176788

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Estimated Size of Grant:

-Maximum grant amount: $500,000
-Maximum grant amount for Due Diligence Studies: $100,000
-Maximum grant amount for High Impact Grants: $1,000,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Applicant must be a governmental entity (City, County, Industrial Development Board)
- One application per governmental entity may be submitted
- One application per site may be submitted
- Site must be publicly-owned at the time of application, unless the grant request is to purchase the property or for Due Diligence Studies
- County where site is located must meet all ThreeStar annual requirements.
- Sites must have gone through at a minimum the site visit by Austin Consulting (Foote) for the Select TN certification program, the site visit and evaluation by Austin Consulting for PEP or the site visit by KPMG for the Invest Prep program
- Sites with open SDG projects are not eligible to apply

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1:

- Letters of Intent - August 16, 2019
- Final invoice and close-out for previous grants - August 16, 2019
- Pre-Applications for High Impact Grants – August 16, 2019
- Questions - September 4, 2019
- Applications - September 13, 2019
- Presentations - Week of November 11, 2019
- Announcements - December 2019
- Contract start - January, 2020

Round 2:

- Letters of Intent - February 14, 2020
- Final invoice and close-out for previous grants - February 14, 2020
- Pre-Applications for High Impact Grants – February 14, 2020
- Questions - March 4, 2020
- Applications - March 13, 2020
- Presentations - Week of May 18, 2020
- Announcements – June 2020
- Contract start - July, 2020

Applicant must provide a cash match at the following rates:

- Tier 1: 50/50
- Tier 2: 70/30
- Tier 3: 90/10
- Tier 4: 95/5

High Impact Grants: Applicants must submit a pre-submittal form and meet with TNECD, prior to application due date for approval to submit for a larger amount. (Deadline is August 16, 2019).

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

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If you have questions regarding the documents or the bidding requirements, please contact:
Leanne Cox,

Department of Economic and Community Development
Rural Development
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 26th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

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