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Grants & Loans

Environment and Conservation offers a variety of financial assistance to help individuals, organizations and communities understand and comply with state and federal environmental laws and regulations. The department also coordinates grants that invest in recreational, cultural and historical assets of Tennessee communities.

Grant Programs currently accepting applications:

None at this time.

Grant Programs not currently accepting applications:

Energy Grants

Clean Tennessee Energy Grants:

Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides grants to municipal government, county government, utility districts and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority) in Tennessee to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that result in a reduction of emissions and pollutants and fit into one of the following eligible project categories below.

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Eligible Projects

  • Cleaner Alternative Energy: biomass, geothermal, solar, wind
  • Energy Conservation: Lighting, HVAC improvements, improved fuel efficiency, insulation, idling minimization
  • Air Quality Improvement, including Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), Greenhouse Gases

Eligible Applicants
Tennessee sites only. Municipal government, County government, utility districts and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority)

Match
Funding maximum: $250,000. A minimum of 50% of total project.

Deadline

  • Late Spring — Announcement of Round 2 FY 2012-2013

 

Green Development Grants

Green Development Grants:

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Ten-nessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer the next iteration of Green Development grants. This grant program is designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.

More information contact Jennifer Watson, 615-532-0359 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/water/green-development.shtml

Eligible Projects
Projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervi-ous concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, as well as outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development. Green infrastructure refers to the use of systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes to infiltrate, re-use stormwater runoff generated at the site, or evapo-transpirate.

Eligible Applicants
City or county governments

Funding / Match
Anticipated project fund-ing will range from $10,000 to $30,000 per project. Projects will be required to leverage additional resources and in-kind contributions, at a minimum of 20%

Deadline
Applications for the next round of Green Development Grants will be available May 31, 2013.

 

Recreation Grants

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants:

The Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) provides grants to eligible local government entities for the purchase of lands for parks, natural areas, greenways, and recreation facilities. The funds may also be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas, and greenways. At least 60 percent of the funds allocated will go to municipal governments as authorized by TCA 67-4-409. All grant projects must be on publicly owned land.

For more information contact Gerald Parish, 615-532-0538 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/recreation_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
Land acquisition, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, trail development

Eligible Applicants
City or county governments

Funding / Match
50% of project costs. Funding amounts based on state funding.

Deadline
2012 grant cycle complete. Grant cycles are every two years. Next cycle: Spring 2014.

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP) Grants:

The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP) provides grants to those cities and counties currently without a comprehensive parks and recreation delivery system in operation due to lack of staffing and organization.

For more information contact Gerald Parish, 615-532-0538 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/recreation_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
Development of a formal Parks and Recreation Department.

Eligible Applicants
City or county governments.

Match
(50%) $25,000 each year for the first two years. (100%) Grantee provides full funding, $50,000, for the third year.

Deadline
Next Grant Cycle: Fall/Winter 2012

 

Recycling Grants

Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants:

To facilitate and increase recycling in Tennessee , the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management is soliciting proposals from qualified applicants to establish, expand or upgrade facilities for processing and collection of recyclable materials from multi-ple local governments.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_recycling.shtml

Eligible Applicants

There are three priorities for this grant offering:

  • First priority is applicants that are a part of a partnership among three or more local governments (counties AND municipalities). The application must include accompanying resolutions describing the details of the partnership and roles for each participating local government.
  • The second priority is capital equipment or facility requested for an expansion of an existing program or start of a new program for the following commodities for plastics, paper/fiber.
  • Third priority will be given to applicants with proposed hub and spoke project located in Middle or East Tennessee.

Counties or multiple coun-ties in partnership with cities or multiple cities, solid waste authorities and nonprofit recycling organi-zations chartered in the State of Tennessee, may apply for the recycling hub and spoke grants.

Funding / Match
Funding: up to $300,000 per project. Match: Any additional funding required to com-plete the project.

Deadline
October, 21st 2013; 4:30pm (CDT)

Recycling Equipment Grants:

The Recycling Equipment Grants program enables local governments and non-profit recycling organizations working with local gov-ernments to purchase key pieces of recycling equipment.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
These include roll off containers, skid loaders, shredders, scales, assorted styles of collection containers.

Eligible Applicants
City or county govern-ments, non-profit recycling organizations working with local government.

Funding / Match
Funding: up to $25,000. Match: 10-50%, based on population and economic ability.

Deadline
October, 21st 2013; 4:30pm (CDT)

Used Oil Grants:

Used oil grants are funded under the Used Oil Collection Act. This Act allows for a two cent ($0.02) fee to be collected against every quart of oil sold. Revenue from this fee provides for the administration of the Act as well as providing technical and financial assis-tance in establishing used oil collection and disposal for do-it-yourselfers.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
Typical equipment for this grant include: oil collection containers, containment structures, shelter covers, and used oil burners.

Eligible Applicants
Counties and cities for new collection sites or upgrades, targeting do-it-yourselfers (or DIY's)

Match
No Match. Grant award amounts are up to $16,000 per site and max-imum per applicant of $32,000.

Deadline
October, 21st 2013; 4:30pm (CDT)

Waste Tire Recycling Grants:

Solid Waste Management provides grants to reimburse counties for the recycling of their waste tires. Before the beginning of the fiscal year, the Grants Administration Section sends to all county mayors/ executives Attachment 1 which consists of a grant offer letter, an ACH form, and the grant contract. The grant amount for each county is based on the tire generation rate according to the most current census or the Department's historical information.

Further inquiries to the Waste Tire Grant program can be directed to grants analysis Loretta Harrington (Loretta.Harrington@tn.gov) 615-532-0086 ; Lee Peterson (Lee.K.Peterson@tn.gov) 615-741-8890; or Catherine Mayo (Catherine.G.Mayo@tn.gov) 615-532-4967

Eligible Projects
Waste tire management to include locating, collecting, and recycling of waste tires.

Eligible Applicants
County governments

Funding / Match
No Match required.

Deadline
Next Grant Cycle: FY2014

Waste Tire Cleanup Grants:

The waste tire cleanup grant is a grant designed to assist local governments in the cleanup of un-permitted waste tire sites. Eligibility for this grant is determined by priority as established by the eight Environmental Field Offices. Each grant cycle, two sites from each field office are invited to compete for funds to assist in the cleanup of these un-permitted waste tire sites. Lien on property is re-quired equal to cleanup costs.

For more information contact Lorreta Harrington, 615-532-0086 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/solid-waste/solid-waste_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
Contract for services to mitigate the site, provide for equipment purchase or lease, labor needs, access to site and other activities related to the mitigation.

Eligible Applicants
Eligibility determined by eight Environmental Field Offices.

Match
No Match.

Deadline
Next Grant Cycle: Issued in FY2013

 

Historical Preservation Grants

Federal Preservation Grants:

These grants are for historic preservation projects designed to identify, and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to Tennessee's history and built before 1960.

For more information contact Patrick McIntyre, Jr., 615-532-1550, ext. 101 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/history/history_preservation-grants.shtml or 615-532-1550 for an application

Eligible Projects

  • Historic surveys, zoning & design guidelines for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state's history.
  • Preservation planning studies for towns, neighbor-hoods, and historic districts.
  • Preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Planning or pre-development work to undertake restoration of an historic property.
  • Restoration of historic properties.

Eligible Applicants
All entities are eligible; Priority is given to gov-ernment and non-profit agencies.

Match
The grants are matching grants and will pay for up to 60% of the costs of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grant-ee as matching funds.

Deadline
2012 Cycle complete. Next Grant Cycle: TBD

Wars Commission Preservation Grants:

Grants to coordinate planning, preservation and promotion of the structures, buildings, sites and battlefields of Tennessee associ-ated with the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, US/Mexican War and the War Between the States.

More information: Tennessee Wars Commission, Director of Programs: 615-532-1550, ext. 104

Eligible Projects

  • Development of plans regarding significant Tennes-see Wars sites
  • Preservation and conservation of Tennessee Wars sites
  • Recognition of important events and geographical locations of Tennessee Wars sites
  • Acquisition of battlegrounds, cemeteries, and other historic properties related to Tennessee Wars
  • Maintaining and restoring existing memorials and cemeteries related to Tennessee Wars
  • Establishment of reference sections and educational programs relating to Tennessee Wars in high schools
  • Surveys and projects of archaeological resources, threatened areas, archaeological collections for interpretations

Eligible Applicants
An individual, local government body, private organization, or educational institution

Funding / Match
There is no minimum matching requirement, the amount of applicant contribution is considered in evaluation of the project.

Deadline
2012 Cycle complete. Next Grant Cycle: TBD

 

Brownfield Grants

Definition of Brownfield, according to EPA:

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program:

The grant funding and direct assistance (through Agency contract support) will result in an area-wide plan which will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml

Eligible Projects
EPA is providing assistance to 23 communities to facili-tate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subse-quent reuse.

Eligible Applicants
Government agencies (state, local) land clear-ance agencies, regional council or redevelop-ment agencies, tribal governments.

Funding / Match
Up to $175,000 in grant funding and/or Agency support

Deadline
TBA

Brownfield Assessment Grants:

Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit
http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml and
to learn more about the EPA brownfields grants guidelines visit:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/news/#fy2014_barlf

Eligible Projects
An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 to assess a site contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and up to $200,000 to address a site contaminated by petroleum. A coalition of three or more eligible applicants can submit one grant proposal under the name of one of the coalition members for up to $1,000,000.

Eligible Applicants
Government agencies (state, local) land clearance agencies, regional council or redevelopment agencies, tribal governments.

Funding / Match
Funding maximum: $200,000 for petroleum and $200,000 for hazardous substances. No match required.

Deadline
TBA

Brownfield Clean-Up Grants:

Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit
http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml and
to learn more about the EPA brownfields grants guidelines visit:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/news/#fy2014_barlf

Eligible Projects
These funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum).

Eligible Applicants
Government agencies (state, local) land clearance agencies, regional council or redevelopment agencies, tribal governments, non-profits.

Funding / Match
An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 per site. 20% Match required.

Deadline
TBA

Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Grants:

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants are designed to provide funding to eligible entities, including non-profit organizations, to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed resi-dents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. (Formerly known as "Brownfields Job Training Grants Program")

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml

Eligible Projects
See above.

Eligible Applicants
Government agencies (state, local) , tribal gov-ernments and non-profit organizations.

Funding / Match
An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000.

Deadline
FY 2012 Grant cycle has been completed. Next Grant Cycle: anticipated FY2013.

Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants:

The EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml

Eligible Projects
Assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.

Eligible Applicants
Only applicants who have received an EPA Brownfields grant in 2003 or later are eligible to apply for the multi-purpose pilot grant.

Funding / Match
An applicant may request up to $200,000 ($350,000 with a waiver) for assess-ment activities and $200,000 for direct clean-up activities at the same site.

Deadline
2012 Applications have been completed. Next Grant cycle anticipated Winter/Spring 2013

Revolving Loan Fund Grants:

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Through these grants, EPA seeks to strengthen the marketplace and encourage stakeholders to leverage the resources needed to clean up and redevelop brownfields. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned into the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit
http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml and
to learn more about the EPA brownfields grants guidelines visit:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/news/#fy2014_barlf

Eligible Projects
Funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and/or hazardous substances pollutants or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum).

Eligible Applicants
Government agencies (state, local) land clearance agencies, regional council or redevelopment agencies, tribal governments.

Funding / Match
Funding up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity. Match is 20% of cost share.

Deadline
TBA

Training, Research & Technical Assistance Grants:

Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants provide funding to eligible organizations to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization. No projected grant cycles at this time.

For more information contact Paula Larson, 615-532-0900 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml

Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grants:

The Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program is designed to help states, tribes, and municipalities–especially those without EPA Brownfields Assessment Pilots/Grants–minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields. No projected grant cycles at this time.

More information: http://www.tn.gov/environment/remediation_brownfields-toolbox.shtml

 

Recreational Grants

Recreation Educational Trail Program (RTP) Grants:

The Recreation Educational Trail Program (RTP) is a federal funded, state administered grant program. RTP provides grant funding for land acquisition for trails, trails maintenance and restoration/rehabilitation, trail construction, and trail head support facilities. All grant projects must be on publicly owned land.

For more information contact Gerald Parish, 615-532-0538 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/recreation_grants.shtml

Eligible Projects
Urban hard surface trail development and natural surface trail development (construction and maintenance), resto-ration of trails damaged by use, development of trailside support facilities, educational and safety trail trainings.

Eligible Applicants
Local, state and federal government agencies, state-chartered non-profit agencies with 501(c) (3) status that have written agreement with a government agency for trail management.

Funding / Match
80/20 percent match, with a minimum grant of $20,000 ($5,000 match required) and a maximum grant of $200,000 ($50,000 match required)

  • Jackson Environmental Field Office
  • Nashville Central Office
  • Knoxville Environmental Field Office