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Neighborhood Small Grants Program (NSGP)

Grants to Knoxville, Tennessee Nonprofit Neighborhood
Groups for Neighborhood Improvements

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City of Knoxville

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07/30/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $500 and grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 or $4,500 to Knoxville, Tennessee nonprofit neighborhood groups for projects that strengthen area neighborhoods. Applicants must attend one of the three pre-application workshops on May 26, June 2, or June 14. Funding is intended for projects to build stronger neighborhood connections and for neighborhood improvements.

The City will consider providing up to $4,500 for a single project if the participating neighborhood organization has a proven track record (previous funding, completed successful project, completed paperwork) and if the organization partners with another neighborhood or nonprofit.

The NSGP’s Primary goals are to:

A. Encourage neighborhood organizations to connect neighborhood residents with one another — and to engage the skills and knowledge of the residents.
B. Build neighborhood capacity to plan and implement neighborhood improvement strategies.

The NSGP’s Secondary goals are to:

C. Increase the number of residents and resident leaders (including youth) involved in responding constructively to neighborhood issues, problems, and opportunities.
D. Strengthen each neighborhood’s connection to other neighborhoods, existing community assets, and partnership opportunities.
E. Support efforts to form neighborhood groups in unorganized areas.

Here are examples of items that funds can be used for:
- Supplies, materials
- Equipment that will be used again or that can be shared with other groups
- Printing and copying
- Postage (can include postage for first issue of a start-up or revived newsletter)
- Disaster preparedness items deployed for the benefit of the entire neighborhood
- Consultant fees
- Permit fees
- Equipment rental
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks (in cases where potlucks and neighbor donations are not feasible)
- Project expenses incurred after City Council approves the grant contracts and before the first grant check is issued.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183678

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Awards to support one-year projects can range from $500 to $3,000 or $4,500 if partnering with another neighborhood or nonprofit. Funding for start-up groups will be limited to $500 or less.

Term of Contract:

Projects are to be carried out in calendar year 2019. End date for projects is December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be resident-led, resident-controlled neighborhood groups serving neighborhoods in the City of Knoxville.
- Neighborhood groups can include neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, tenant associations and neighborhood watch groups.
- In the case of neighborhoods that are only partly in the city, more than 50% of the housing units must be located inside city limits.
- Umbrella organizations that are made up of and controlled by member City neighborhood groups are also eligible to apply.

- To receive funding, a neighborhood group must be a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status OR have made arrangements for a Fiscal Sponsor.

- Neighborhood groups that received funding under the previous rounds are eligible to apply in this 2019 round if their projects will be substantially completed by January of 2019.

- Groups must be democratically run and managed by residents within the neighborhood to reflect the concerns of residents.

- A group must have a defined geographic boundary, hold regular meetings, maintain meeting minutes, and be registered with the Office of Neighborhoods.

- A group cannot discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability when carrying out any aspect of the funded project.

Ineligible organizations:
Groups that are not eligible to apply include schools, city-wide organizations, healthcare facilities, religious institutions and organizations, political groups, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations that are not resident-based.

However, neighborhood groups may partner with other organizations that would otherwise be ineligible, such as youth service organizations.

Here are examples of items that cannot be paid for by the NSGP grant:
- Costs incurred in preparing the Application
- Direct grants, scholarships, and loans for the sole benefit of specific individuals
- Loans, debt repayment, emergency funding
- Direct social services provided by social service agencies
- HOA and condo expenses including but not limited to roofs, storm water control, landscaping, private streets, and amenities not available to the general public.

In addition, groups should not view the NSGP as a means for funding the same project or activity year after year. Funding can be granted for the same project or activity no more than three years in a row, and only if the grant amount is reduced in the second and third years, replaced by other sources.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Neighborhood groups wishing to apply must send a representative to one of three pre-application workshops:

- Pre-Application Workshop A: 10:00 AM Saturday, May 26, 2018
- Pre-Application Workshop B: 10:00 AM Saturday, June 2, 2018
- Pre-Application Workshop C: 6:00 PM Thursday, June 14, 2018

If a neighborhood representative absolutely cannot attend any workshop, please call Debbie Sharp.

Even if your group is doubtful you will apply, send someone to one of the workshops anyway. This will ensure that you have met this requirement and preserve your right to apply in this 2019 round.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for the 2019 funding cycle:

- May 8, 2018: The Office of Neighborhoods issued the 2019 NSGP Guidelines and Application.

- May and June 2018: Neighborhood groups intending to apply for a grant must send a representative to a mandatory pre-application workshop. Attendance at one of these three workshops is mandatory in order to apply for the grant.

- July 30, 2018: Applications are due via email, mail, or in person.

- August/September 2018: Members of a citizens evaluation committee, composed of current and former neighborhood leaders, conduct site visits to learn more about each applicant's proposed project.

- Fourth Quarter 2018: Recommendations announced, City Council consideration, contracts signed, and checks issued for projects that will be carried out during calendar year 2019.

Funds received from NSGP must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the value of donated goods and services, the value of volunteer labor, and money pledged from non-City-of-Knoxville sources. At least one third of the match must be in the form of volunteer labor provided by at least three residents of the neighborhood. All of the match can be in the form of volunteer labor.

If you wish to have someone in the Office of Neighborhoods review your application for completeness, please do so by having your application to the office no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, July 23.

Contact Information:

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

Contact Debbie Sharp at or 215-4382 to register for one of the workshops. When you register, you will receive the location of that workshop.

Submit application by email to:
Debbie Sharp

Submit application by mail to:
Office of Neighborhoods
City of Knoxville
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901

Submit application by hand to:
Office of Neighborhoods / Community Development Dept.
Room 528
City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Neighborhood Coordinator:
David Massey
(865) 215-3232

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