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Grants & Loans

Grant Program & Description

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Projects

Clean Tennessee Energy Grants:
Clean Tennessee Energy Program provides grants to government agencies (state, local) utility districts, and private businesses/organizations 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.

Municipal government, county government, utility districts, and other entities created by statute (e.g. airport authority)


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

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.

City or county governments


Land acquisition, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, trail development


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.

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.

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

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.

City or county governments.


Development of a formal Parks and Recreation Department.

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 multiple local governments.

Counties or multiple counties in partnership with cities or multiple cities, solid waste authorities and nonprofit recycling organizations chartered in the State of Tennessee, may apply for the recycling hub and spoke grants.

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. 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.

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

City or county governments, non-profit recycling organizations working with local government.

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

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 assistance in establishing used oil collection and disposal for do-it-yourselfers.

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

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

Green Development Grants:
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee 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.

City or county governments

Projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious 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 evapotranspirate.