Tennessee Department of Human Services Launches New Grant Opportunity to Make Funds Available to Support Organizations Serving Fathers

For the Fatherhood Grant Program, the department will invest approximately $10 million dollars to support public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving fathers
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 09:07am

NASHVILLE– Following the successful launch of the Fatherhood Initiative and the Amplifying Fatherhood conference last year which brought together hundreds of thought leaders in the industry, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is delighted to announce for the first time the opening of applications for its highly-anticipated Fatherhood Grant Program. The grant program is intended to fund on-the-ground service delivery providers with a mission of impacting fathers or providing fatherhood related programming to communities across Tennessee. Through this new initiative, the department will invest approximately $10 million dollars to support public, private, and non-profit organizations directly serving fathers. The application deadline is June 30th at 5pm CST and all qualifying organizations are encouraged to learn more and apply here:  https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/2024_fatherhood_direct_services_grant_application.

“At TDHS, we seek to mobilize stakeholders including community partners, policymakers, and experts to promote fatherhood and provide the necessary support to empower fathers across the state,” commented TDHS Commissioner Clarence H. Carter. “We fervently believe that the active involvement of both parents is not only essential for children and families but also for the well-being of communities and the entire state of Tennessee. Through this new grant program, we will focus on investing necessary funds to build the capacity of programs serving fathers in hopes to strengthen Tennessee's foundation for generations to come.”

The Fatherhood Grant Program is a significant investment in the health and well-being of Tennessee society. Through this program, TDHS seeks to collaborate with public, private, and non-profit organizations to promote fatherhood and provide the necessary support to empower fathers. The grant program will specifically provide funding support to organizations or institutions that have a targeted focus of delivering fatherhood-related programs including mentorship, educational and co-parenting support, skill-building workshops, employment services, and financial literacy.

Specific eligibility criteria will apply to the Fatherhood Grants; however, interested organizations should have a mission or intended output of benefitting and improving outcomes for fathers and families.  The Fatherhood Grant Program is a part of TDHS's commitment to strengthening families by enhancing the capacity and engagement of fathers across the state.

For more information on this new grant opportunity, please visit the TDHS website.



The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) consists of multiple divisions with a unified mission to strengthen Tennessee by strengthening Tennesseans. Led by governor-appointed Commissioner Clarence H. Carter, TDHS serves nearly two million Tennesseans to ensure that all state residents have an opportunity to reach their full potential as contributing members of their community. Among the many services and programs provided by TDHS, some of the leading programs include the Child Support Program, Child and Adult Day Services and Licensing, Families First (the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Rehabilitation Services for people with disabilities, and Adult Protective Services, along with many others. TDHS is an organization committed to connecting people to resources that help individuals, families and communities thrive towards long-term economic freedom and prosperity. For more information, please visit: Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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