Additional Grant Details and Resources

TANF Grants are Reimbursement Grants

Grant contracts with the Department are reimbursement grants, typically written for a maximum dollar amount based upon an approved budget. A reimbursement grant provides funding to grant recipients after expenses have been incurred. Therefore, it is expected that interested organizations have the capabilities to fund these activities upfront. Grantees must follow State and Federal guidance on allowable, necessary and reasonable expenses and certain procedures to obtain the reimbursement for project expenses. Reimbursements are provided after the organization has submitted sufficient documents, as requested by the State, to verify expenses. Start-up or upfront funding are not allowable expenses.

There are restrictions by which the use of TANF funds are not allowed. Such restrictions include, but are not limited to, the construction, rehabilitation, and purchase of buildings; the purchase of trailer or modular buildings; and medical services and expenses. This prohibition applies to grantees and sub-recipients, including county sub-grantees, nonprofit agencies, and contractors. TANF funds may not be used to satisfy the cost-sharing or matching requirements of another federal program unless specifically authorized by Federal law. 

For more information, please see the following links:  and

I. Performance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

Grantees will be required to submit Quarterly Progress Reports.

II. State of Tennessee Grant Requirements

Every organization contracting with the State of Tennessee must comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, including vendor registration. Applicants should review the State’s Central Procurement Office’s website located at to obtain a vendor registration application. The vendor registration application may be completed and submitted online. Other forms and instructions may be obtained in person from:

Central Procurement Office
3rd Floor William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Nashville, TN 37243-1102

To learn about the benefits of becoming a certified diversity business and to apply for certification by the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise, applicants may also wish to review the information located at

Additional Resources

The following links provide additional guidance and information about the Tennessee Opportunity Act:

TANF Opportunity Act:  

EMPath Economic Mobility Pathways:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Information Memorandum No. TANF-ACF-IM-2016-03:

Families First Community Advisory Board: