Competitive Grants Program


The 2022 Summer Round of the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund Competitive Grants Program application period is closed.

All housing funded through the Competitive Grants Program must be rental and address the housing needs of households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). Additional points may be awarded to applicants meeting the housing needs of youth aging out of the State’s foster care system, ex-offenders, and homeless veterans. Additional points may also be awarded to projects located in rural or distressed counties. THDA anticipates notifying successful applicants by August 9, 2021, with contracts effective September 1, 2021.

Click here for the Program Description: 2022 Summer THTF Competitive Grants Program Description.


THDA's Tennessee Housing Trust Fund Competitive Grants are awarded to agencies for the purpose of developing and/or preserving 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.

Past Funding Awards

See the 2021 Winter Award Matrix
See the 2020 Spring Award Matrix
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

Need more information?

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