Budget and Funding

GNRC’s annual budget is comprised of revenue from state and federal grants awarded to the organization to carry-out a variety of programs and services aimed at improving the region’s economy and quality of life through investments in planning and coordination, social services, and infrastructure. Many of those state and federal grants require local matching funds. Matching funds are provided through a combination of local membership dues, program revenue, and an allocation from the Tennessee State budget. Membership dues are paid by city and county governments at a rate of 31 cents per capita based on recent U. S. Census population estimates.

$15 Million Budget, Chart Updated 2019

State Funding Sources:

State grants account for 25 percent of GNRC's total revenue.
  • Tennessee Arts Commission Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) 
  • Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) 
  • Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) 
  • Department of Finance 
  • Bureau of TennCare 
  • Department of Tourist Development 
  • Department of Transportation (TDOT) 
  • Tennessee Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) 
  • Tennessee Historical Commission 
  • Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)

Federal Funding Sources:

Federal grants account for 59 percent of GNRC's total revenue.
  • Department of Commerce 
  • Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Department of the Interior 
  • Department of Transportation 
  • Small Business Administration