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Arts Project Support for Tennessee based Organizations


Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Project support for arts projects and activities across all disciplines that focus on community vitality and engagement in urban counties.

Donor Name: Tennessee Arts Commission

State: Tennessee

Counties: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/18/2022

Size of the Grant: up to $14,000

Grant Duration: 11 Months 15 Days


Funding will depend upon an organization’s rating in the review process and upon the total amount of funds available to the Tennessee Arts Commission for grant allocation. This grant category is competitive.

Funding Information

Funds awarded to a single organization in these categories range from $500 to $12,000 for non-arts organizations and arts organizations, and entities of local government. Arts organizations serving a statewide audience may apply for up to $14,000.

An organization may submit only one Arts Project Support application for any given fiscal year. Arts Project Support applicants may not apply for operational support or a rural arts project support grant. If eligible, an organization may also submit applications in the Arts Access and Arts Education categories for distinct projects. Organizations eligible to apply in more than one grant category in a single fiscal year must submit applications for unrelated, separate and distinct projects projects. Organizations may not apply in different categories to support different activities of the same project or event.

Funds requested may be listed in up to two expense categories on the budget page. The organization must be able to match the requested grant amount in cash, dollar-for-dollar. Applicant Cash Participation may be listed in multiple expense categories.

For Projects Occurring

FY2023: July 1, 2022-June 15, 2023

Eligible Applicants

  • First time applicants to this category are encouraged to contact Commission’s program staff prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility
  • DUNS Number: All applicants are required to have a DUNS number.
  • K-12 schools are not eligible under this category. Arts education-based projects, especially those primarily serving youth, must be submitted in one of the Arts Education grant categories.
  • Applicant organizations must be chartered in Tennessee. National or regional 501(c)3 organizations, chartered in Tennessee, and serving as an umbrella organization applying for funds for another group are restricted to one application only per fiscal year (see below). All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload the most recent copy of their by-laws. All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload these to their organization profile during registration, prior to submitting on their application.
  • Arts organizations that receive revenue directly from a “New Specialty Earmarked Plate” under T.C.A 55-4-215 (a) (1) are ineligible for Commission grant funding.
  • Debarment and Suspension. Grantees are required to sign contracts certifying to the best of its knowledge and belief, that it, its current and future principals, its current and future subcontractors and their principals are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any federal or state department or agency.

Appropriate Activities

Proposed arts projects must involve one or more Commission recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts. The following are example activities and expenditures that are consistent with the funding philosophy for APS & RAPS:

  • Projects that involve and promote professional artists, especially Tennessee artists.
  • Visiting artists conducting master classes.
  • Specific aspects of workshops, festivals, and conferences.
  • Public performances, productions, and exhibitions produced by the applicant.
  • Exhibitions of art by professional and folk artists, especially Tennessee artists.
  • Projects involving and promoting folk and traditional artists.
  • Promotion, publicity, and newsletters.
  • Administrative and artistic staff support.
  • Research and documentation as part of an arts project or program development.
  • Consultancies and residencies for administrative and artistic activities.
  • The development of long-range planning documents.
  • Improved program accessibility for underserved constituencies, e.g. children, people living in rural communities or isolated settings, people with living with disabilities, people of color, and senior citizens
  • Art in public places.
  • Extensions of literary projects, journals with continuing publication, or juried anthologies.
  • Apprenticeship programs.
  • Computer software/training.
  • Technical/production support.
  • Technical assistance projects.
  • Touring/presenting projects that bring professional and/or traditional folk performers to communities across the state.

Inappropriate Activities

The Tennessee Arts Commission reserves the right to deny any application, if the proposed activity is outside of the scope or spirit of the agency’s mission, purpose, or this grant program.

For more information, visit Arts Project Support.

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