Small Rural Partnership Support (SRPS) provides operating support for qualified arts organizations chartered in one of Tennessee’s rural counties.
Donor Name: Tennessee Arts Commission
County: Selected Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/10/2022
Size of the Grant: $25,000
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 category is competitive. Applicant organization must have a minimum budget of $30,000.
Organizations may request no more than 30% of their total cash operating expenses in their most recently completed fiscal year at the time they submit their application, up to but not exceeding the maximum grant request of $25,000. The Small Rural Partnership Support grant requires a one-to-one (1:1) dollar match.
The total cash operating expenses, verified by a 990 submitted to the IRS within 12 months from the application date and provided by the applicant, will be determined by the sum total of:
- Salaries, Benefits & Taxes,
- Professional Fee, Grant & Award,
- Supplies, Telephone Postage & Shipping, Occupancy, Equipment Rental & Maintenance, Printing & Publications,
- Travel, Conferences & Meetings, and
- Other Non-Personnel
The following are not allowed as operating expenses: capital expenses, endowment funds, penalties payments, in-kind expenses, bank penalties, or furniture and fixture expenditures. Additional financial details and/or documents may be requested.
Applicant organizations are reviewed every other year by a peer advisory panel, although organizations must submit a complete application every year. Those organizations new to the SRPS category must be reviewed for two consecutive years prior to beginning the biennial review rotation process. Commission staff will contact all current SRPS recipients and inform them of their review status and, if appropriate, schedule.
Every organization that receives public operating support will be required to implement a structured promotional campaign for the Arts Specialty License Plates within its ongoing communications program.
Operating support applicants (SUPS, SRPS, PS, MCI) may not submit an application for APS/RAPS in the same fiscal year. However, all operating support applicants may submit applications in the Arts Access and Arts Education categories, and SUPS and SRPS applicants may also submit an application in the Arts Build Communities category. These additional requests are based on eligibility, and applicants must provide proof that funds requested for AA, AE or ABC grants will not be used for Salaries, Benefits & Taxes and that the applicant can independently meet the cash matching requirements for each additional request without using the cash match or Commission funds requested from its operating support application.
For Operations Occurring
FY2023: July 1, 2022-June 15, 2023.
Tennessee Rural Counties
Bedford County (TN), Benton County (TN), Bledsoe County (TN), Campbell County (TN), Cannon County (TN), Carroll County (TN), Carter County (TN), Cheatham County (TN), Chester County (TN), Claiborne County (TN), Clay County (TN), Cocke County (TN), Coffee County (TN), Crockett County (TN), Cumberland County (TN), Decatur County (TN), DeKalb County (TN), Dickson County (TN), Dyer County (TN), Fayette County (TN), Fentress County (TN), Franklin County (TN), Gibson County (TN), Giles County (TN), Grainger County (TN), Greene County (TN), Grundy County (TN), Hamblen County (TN), Hancock County (TN), Hardeman County (TN), Hardin County (TN), Hawkins County (TN), Haywood County (TN), Henderson County (TN), Henry County (TN), Hickman County (TN), Houston County (TN), Humphreys County (TN), Jackson County (TN), Jefferson County (TN), Johnson County (TN), Lake County (TN), Lauderdale County (TN), Lawrence County (TN), Lewis County (TN), Lincoln County (TN), Loudon County (TN), Macon County (TN), Marion County (TN), Marshall County (TN), McMinn County (TN), McNairy County (TN), Meigs County (TN), Monroe County (TN), Moore County (TN), Morgan County (TN), Obion County (TN), Overton County (TN), Perry County (TN), Pickett County (TN), Polk County (TN), Rhea County (TN), Roane County (TN), Robertson County (TN), Scott County (TN), Sequatchie County (TN), Smith County (TN), Stewart County (TN), Tipton County (TN), Trousdale County (TN), Unicoi County (TN), Union County (TN), Van Buren County (TN), Warren County (TN), Wayne County (TN), Weakley County (TN), White County (TN).
- An organization must be legally chartered in Tennessee and have its headquarters and home season, or activities equivalent to a home season for non-producing organizations, in Tennessee, and meet either of the following qualifications: active IRS 501(c)3 status or public arts council that serves a broad population and interacts with local arts organizations.
- National or regional 501(c)3 organizations, chartered and headquartered in Tennessee, and serving as an umbrella organization applying for funds for another group are restricted to only one application per fiscal year.
- Applicant must have demonstrated history of funding from the TN Arts Commission. A minimum of three years of Commission funding during the last five years in the following grant categories: Partnership Support, Arts Access, Arts Project Support, Rural Arts Project Support, Creative Placemaking, Arts Education Community Learning, Arts Education Teacher Training, Arts Pathways for Youth Success (formerly FAY), or Arts Build Communities. At least one of those years, must include funding directly from the Tennessee Arts Commission (non-Arts Build Communities funding).
- Proposed applications must involve one or more Commission recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts.
- All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload the most recent copy of their by-laws. All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload by-laws to their online 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.
- Please Note: An organization should not apply in this grant category if at the time of application, it is aware they cannot meet all of the above stated requirements.
- The Tennessee Arts Commission reserves the right to deny any application or withhold funding in whole or in part, if the applicant organization programming and activities are outside of the scope or spirit of the Commission’s mission, purpose, or this grant program.
For more information, visit Small Rural Partnership Support.