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Arts Fund for East Tennessee

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools in Eligible Counties for Arts Programs

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East Tennessee Foundation

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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 to Tennessee nonprofits, government units, and educational institutions in the Foundation's service area to support quality arts and arts access programs. LOIs are due February 16, 2018.

The Foundation seeks to support excellence in the arts, expand access to the arts, and connect artists with each other and with East Tennessee communities. Funding will support programs by professionally managed arts organizations, programs by organizations that are not primarily arts providers, arts activities designed primarily as therapy, and/or schools providing arts and cultural projects of special merit.

Special Consideration will be given to:

-Projects that extend arts opportunities to under-served populations (such as rural, ethnic, low-income).
-Public art displays and performances that that are designed to bring the arts into the everyday lives of the general public (such as murals, free or random public performances, and sculptures).
- Projects that partner with minority or underrepresented artists
- Preference will be given to organizations that were not recipients of Arts Fund grants during the most recent grant term.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147544

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded in August 2018 for two-year terms.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must have and be able to provide documentation to verify the following:

- Confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government, or educational institution
- New or emerging groups that do not have nonprofit status may apply if they have an established nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor
- Confirmation that the organization operates and is organized so as to not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or other characteristics as identified in the Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.

Organizations must be located in and serve constituents in ETF’s 25-county service area, which includes: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

Please note that salary or administrative support must not exceed 50% of the funding requested

Not Funded:
-Projects that have explicit religious content, express a particular religious view or advance a religious purpose
-Debt retirement or budget deficits
-Endowment funds or general fundraising campaigns
-Capital improvements
-Grants to individuals

Pre-proposal Conference:

Organizations interested in applying for an Arts Fund grant are encouraged to send a representative to one of two technical assistance workshops. These workshops will provide valuable insight into the grantmaking process and the types of programs the Arts Fund seeks to fund.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, January 25, 10:30 AM - Noon, in Jonesborough at the International Storytelling Center (116 W. Main Street), and on Friday, January 26, 10:30 AM - Noon, in Knoxville at the Public Defender's Community Law Office (1101 Liberty Street).

Please call East Tennessee Foundation at (877) 524-1223 if someone from your organization will attend one of these workshops.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process is divided into two phases:
1) Letter of Intent (LOI)
2) An invited full proposal

Important Dates:
- Online LOIs available: January 16, 2018
- LOI submission deadline: February 16, 2018
- Select number of organizations invited to submit full applications: April 2, 2018
- Application submission deadline: April 30, 2018

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs
(865) 524-1223 / (877) 524-1223

East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Counties of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington