With more than $17,064.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $10,210.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Tennessee. There are 99,055 business establishments in the state of Tennessee, and they break down to the following:

Tennessee Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 54,058 registered businesses in Tennessee have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 18,328 registered businesses in Tennessee have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 11,225 registered businesses in Tennessee have 10-19 employees.
  • 9,751 registered businesses in Tennessee have 20-99 employees.
  • 2,701 registered businesses in Tennessee have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 2,992 registered businesses in Tennessee have over 500 employees.

Tennessee Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 11,273 registered businesses in Tennessee are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 6,711 registered businesses in Tennessee are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 11,707 registered businesses in Tennessee are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 14,405 registered businesses in Tennessee are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 79,000 farms in the state of Tennessee.

Starting and managing a small business in Tennessee is not an easy task. Over $86,220,358,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Tennessee and more than 52,460 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Tennessee, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Tennessee, contact Tennessee financial aid agencies, or

Access Applicant Portal

Current online applicants in Tennessee are browsing from the following cities: Newport, Hornbeak, Brush Creek, Church Hill, Paris, Talbott, Alpine, Luttrell, Springville, Decatur

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Tennessee NRCS General Conservation Agreements (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS TN GEN 22 NOFO0001174
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $100,000
Bat Diet Characterization at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee (apply)

Funding Number: W9126G 22 2 SOI 1683
Agency: Department of Defense, Fort Worth District
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $223,000
Tennessee NRCS Urban Conservation Project (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS TN CTA 21 NOFO0001086
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $10,000
Conservation Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Announcement for Program Funding – TENNESSEE (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS TN MULTI 21 NOFO0001085
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $100,000
Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee -- Communities in the state of Tennessee (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2021 ACF OHS CH R04 1891
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $15,794,287
Conservation Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Announcement for Program Funding – TENNESSEE (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS TN MULTI 20 NOFO0001019
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $100,000
Tennessee NRCS Urban Conservation Project (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS TN CTA 20 NOFO0001020
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $9,000
Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants - Rutherford, Williamson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson and Cannon Counties, Tennessee (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS HP R04 1797
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $1,096,511
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The City of Nashville, Tennessee (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R04 1667
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $13,952,753
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Rutherford, Williamson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson and Cannon Counties, Tennessee (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R04 1682
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $9,508,515

 

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