THDA Challenge Grant Program

The THDA Challenge Grant Program provides initial seed funding to support the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations across Tennessee to implement housing activities that represent unique milestones, are part of a broad community initiative, or are part of a significant expansion of work outside the normal day to day activities of the organization. Selected proposals must generate cash leverage of at least 300% within nine months of THDA’s commitment of Challenge Grant resources to the housing initiative.

Eligible organizations have met all of the following criteria:

  • Organized and exist under the laws of the State of Tennessee or organized and exist under the laws of another state, but authorized to do business in Tennessee;
  • Demonstrated at least two years of experience providing affordable housing or affordable housing related services in the state of Tennessee
  • Have a 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service; and
  • In good program standing with THDA.

THDA has established the following broad goals, which the housing activity must include or directly support:

  • Significantly expand or preserve the supply of housing for sale to low and moderate income home buyers, including new construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of housing.
  • Significantly preserve and enhance the supply of existing owner occupied units.
  • Significantly expand or preserve the supply of rental housing for low and moderate income households, including new construction and rehabilitation of rental housing.
  • Significantly reduce the number of individuals who are homeless or move a significant number of a more vulnerable population into housing.

2023 Challenge Grant Program Description and Application Documents

Program Forms

Resource Links

Active Program Descriptions

Please contact the following THDA staff with questions:

Additional Resources

Telling Your Story : A Communications Guide
A great little booklet we've written with tips on how you can effectively publicize the work you're doing within your community. As you increase awareness with the public and local officials, the greater support you will have, and the likelihood of gaining additional funding for future projects increases.

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