Competitive Grants Program


We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Spring Round of the Competitive Grants program!
See the Competitive Grants Administrators' page for the application and full details.

**UPDATE** 2020 Spring Tennessee Housing Trust Fund Competitive Grants Program

In an effort to increase social distancing and stem the curve of the COVID -19 virus, THDA will make the following changes to the 2020 Spring Round Tennessee Housing Trust Fund Competitive Grants application delivery method and due date:

  • Applications must be submitted to THDA via Fed Ex;
  • Applicants unable to upload documentation into PIMS will be allowed to include hard copies of the PIMS documents with the Application; and
  • Application deadline will be extended from Thursday, March 19, 2020 to Thursday, March 26, 2020 received by 4:00 pm CST.

Please Fed Ex your application packages to:

Tennessee Housing Development Agency
Andrew Jackson Building
502 Deaderick Street, 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Attn: CP – Toni Shaw

Please be advised that other forms of overnight deliveries are not guaranteed to arrive at THDA due to limited staff.

THDA staff will NOT be available to accept your application in person. All applications must be submitted to THDA via Fed Ex and must arrival by or before Thursday, March 26, 2020 to be considered.

Please contact one of the following THDA staff with questions:

Toni Shaw - 615-815-2034 or

Allyson Carroll - 615-815-2041 or

THDA Main Line - 615-815-2200

Applications are due Thursday, March 26, 2020. THDA anticipates making award announcements by June 1, 2020. Competitive Grants contracts will begin July 1, 2020 and will end June 30, 2023.


To develop and/or preserve rental housing for low- and very-low income households, the elderly, and those with special needs. Examples of special needs populations include the disabled, ex-offenders, victims of domestic abuse, and youth aging out of foster care.

Who Can Apply?

Cities, counties, non-profit agencies, public housing authorities, development districts, and other State agencies

Private citizens - Private citizens cannot access this program directly.

Eligible Activities

  • New construction
  • Acquisition of land upon which rental housing will be built
  • Acquisition of existing rental units
  • Rehabilitation of existing units
  • Conversion of non-residential units to residential units

What Type of Funds are Available?

Approximately $5 million is allocated every year, upon approval by THDA's Board of Directors. These funds come from the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund, which is financed by profits from THDA's mortgage loan program. Funds are awarded based upon a rigorous competitive application and scoring process, with two grant rounds awarded every year: one in the fall and one in the spring. The maximum grant award is $500,000 per grantee, per grant round. There is no minimum.

See the 2020 Fall Award Matrix
See the 2019 Spring Competitive Grants Awards
See the 2019 Fall Competitive Grants Awards
See the 2018 Spring Competitive Grants Awards
See the 2018 Fall Competitive Grants Awards

Applicant and Grant Administrator Info

Need more information?

Please contact Toni Shaw, Housing Program Manager, at (615) 815-2034 or at