Knox Heritage will provide grants up to $5,000 to qualifying applicants in the following funding categories:

Bricks & Mortar

Exterior rehab, restoration, and repairs of homes or structures; includes windows, doors, porches, roofs, gutters, siding, masonry, and exterior painting.

Planning, Survey, and Designation

Report/research on historic buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Includes historic building reports, engineering plans, feasibility studies, historic resources surveys (including updates to existing surveys), local and national historic designations.

Save Our Signs (S.O.S.)

Restoration and maintenance of historic signs; includes three-dimensional, freestanding markers, painted logos or emblems on the side of a structure.

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • The structure or sign must be at least 50 years old.
  • The project must conserve sound historic materials and must be sensitive to the authentic historic character of the building, site, or sign. If applicable, overlay and/or neighborhood design guidelines must be followed.
Factors in Grant Decisions:
  • Overall preservation impact of project
  • Diversity of projects funded
  • Financial Need
  • Time Sensitivity
Funding Cycles:
  • Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
  • Applications for this cycle are due Sunday, June 30, 2024.
Answers to be submitted in a numbered Word document to christine@knoxheritage.org. Applications this funding cycle are due by June 30, 2024.

Bricks & Mortar

1. Location/address of historic structure.
2. Owner of historic structure. If this property is not privately owned, please describe ownership.
3. Contact information for owner, including email, mailing address, and phone number.
4. Please describe the project to be funded including contractors to be hired, intended materials, and timeline. If already acquired, please include copies of all bids.
5. Does this structure have any local or national historic designations?
6. Is this structure important to your community? If so, please share why.
7. Is the structure in imminent risk of failure?
8. What is the total cost of the project? How much would you like funded by Knox Heritage? From where do you intend to receive any remaining funds, and how much will they total?
9. Include a detailed budget and attach bids received for work.
10. Please describe financial need. (Demonstrated financial need is especially important for privately-owned property)
11. Please describe any relationships (personal, family, business) you have with Knox Heritage staff or board members.
12. If you have previously received a grant through Knox Heritage, provide an update on the previous project.

In addition to the above questions, applicant must also provide the following:
• 3-5 photographs of the area(s) that will be impacted by proposed project.
• Proof of Certificate of Appropriateness approval from the Historic Zoning Commission, if applicable.

Answers to be submitted in a numbered Word document to christine@knoxheritage.org. Applications this funding cycle are due by June 30, 2024.

Planning, Survey & Designation

1. Name of applicant(s).
2. Contact information of applicant(s) including email, mailing address, and phone number.
3. If this funding is not for an individual, please describe the organization.
4. Please describe the project to be funded, including project staffing, material needs, and timeline.
5. How will this project benefit the community?
6. What is the total cost of the project? How much would you like funded by Knox Heritage? From where do you intend to receive any remaining funds, and how much will they total?
7. Include a detailed budget, and attach bids received for work.
8. Please describe any relationships (personal, family, business) you have with Knox Heritage staff or board members.
9. If you have previously received a grant through Knox Heritage, provide an update on the previous project.

Answers to be submitted in a numbered Word document to christine@knoxheritage.org. Applications this funding cycle are due by June 30, 2024.

Save Our Signs (S.O.S.)

1. Location/address of historic sign or landmark.
2. Owner of historic sign or landmark.
3. Contact information for owner, including email, mailing address, phone number, and website (if applicable).
4. Please describe the project to be funded including contractors to be hired, intended materials, and timeline. If already acquired, please include copies of all bids.
5. Does this structure have any local or national historic designations?
6. Is this sign or landmark important to your community? If so, please share why.
7. Is the sign or landmark in imminent risk of failure?
8. What is the total cost of the project? How much would you like funded by Knox Heritage? From where do you intend to receive any remaining funds, and how much will they total?
9. Include a detailed budget and attach bids received for work.
10. Please describe financial need.
11. Please describe any relationships (personal, family, business) you have with Knox Heritage staff or board members.
12. If you have previously received a grant through Knox Heritage, provide an update on the previous project.

In addition to the above questions, applicant must also provide the following:
• 3-5 photographs of the sign/landmark that will be impacted by proposed project.

All work on grant-awarded signs must adhere to the National Park Service’s Preservation Brief No. 25

Live in a City of Knoxville Historic (H) or Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Overlay district? We have an additional opportunity to apply for the Small Renovation Grant Program, which awards up to $2,500 to eligible homeowners. Details on this program, which is funded by the City of Knoxville’s Historic Preservation Fund, can be found here.

Knox Heritage reserves the right to deny grant funding for any reason. Grants will not be based on an applicant’s relationship, if any, with Knox Heritage or its members, Board of Directors, or donors. Membership in Knox Heritage is not a prerequisite for being considered, or awarded, a grant. Any state, local, or federal taxes resulting from a grant are the sole responsibility of the grantee. 

Knox Heritage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Federal ID# 51-0148798.