Knox County Grants and Community Development is responsible for the administration and oversight of a variety of programs funded through local, state, and federal grant dollars. The department is divided into three divisions: Community Development, Community Service, and Public Safety. Our mission is to effectively utilize grant funding to support programs committed to creating opportunities, for every resident of Knox County, to thrive in an engaged and vibrant community.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program – U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Emergency Rental Assistance program provides rent and utility help to renters in Knox County impacted by the pandemic. To learn more or apply for the program, click here.
Housing and Public Service Program – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Housing and public service programs are focused on increasing affordable housing for low- to moderate- income residents and providing a variety of services in the prevention of and response to homelessness. Additional information about HUD program funding is available here.
Knox County Defined Service Program – Locally Funded
Defined service programs use grant funds to contract with local nonprofit agencies who provide services and programs which support the Mayor’s priorities of jobs, education, and recreation.
Public Safety Program – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Public safety programs are focused on enhancing fire and rescue services in Knox County and supporting other public safety departments in Homeland Security District 2 by providing emergency responder equipment, training, and exercises.
State and Local Fiscal Recovery Program – U.S. Department of the Treasury
State and local fiscal recovery funding provides for a wide variety of projects focused on Knox County’s economic recovery from the pandemic. The Knox County 2022 Recovery Plan is available here.