Clinch-Powell accepting comments for the Housing Preservation Grant Application

Clinch-Powell RC&D is applying for a grant through the USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program. If awarded, this funding will provide Clinch-Powell with grant funds that would be used in the Lakeway Region including Hancock, Cocke and surrounding counties to conduct health and safety home repairs for seniors, individuals with disabilities, individuals, and families who are in very low- or low-income households.

Clinch-Powell received $180,000 in Housing Preservation Grants funds through USDA Rural Development last year to conduct homeowner rehabilitation programs for low- to low-income households in the eligible areas with the Clinch-Powell service area. For the next round of funds, Clinch-Powell is applying for $200,000, which is approximately half of the allocation to the state of Tennessee.

You are encouraged to submit comments and feedback regarding the statement of activities found here or by emailing You may also review the Statement of Activities and comment by contacting our office at 7995 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge, TN 37861 or by phone 865-828-5927.

The deadline for submitting comments and/or support letters is June 1, 2023.

Statement of Activities

Housing Preservation Grant Statement of Activities

  1. Homeowner assistance program of up to $7500 in home repairs that include major systems: roof, windows, septic systems, heating/air and accessibility.
  2. The process for selecting program participants will be by application. Each application will be reviewed and prioritized based on need and qualifying factors.
  3. Clinch-Powell will work closely with local contractors to perform the work at market prices.
  4. Clinch-Powell will adhere to the Rural Development standards for existing dwellings.
  5. The program will be completed within twelve months of the time it starts.
  6. Administrative and contractual staff will be required to complete the program.
  7. The estimated number of very low – low-income households that the program will assist is 20 – 25.
  8. The geographical areas to be served by this program include Hancock, Cocke, Claiborne, Grainger, Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson, and Union counties located in East Tennessee.
  9. The estimated budget will be $200,000.
  10. The indirect cost rate is 13.79%.
  11. The accounting system to track the expenditures of this program is accurate and in accordance with GAAP standards.
  12. Each applicant will be provided a program valuation form to collect data to track program effectiveness and provide quarterly reports to USDA, the funder.