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Operating Support Grants - Basic and Core

Grants to Metro Nashville, Tennessee Arts
Nonprofits for General Organizational Operations

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

Conf. Date:

01/24/18

Deadline Date:

03/22/18 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit arts organizations in Metro Nashville and Davidson County for general operational support. Informational workshops are scheduled for January 23 and 24, 2018. First-time applicants must create an online profile by February 15, and returning applicants must confirm their profile by February 28, 2018. Application drafts will be accepted for review through February 22, 2018.

Types of Grants:

1) Basic Operating Support:

These grants support the general operations of nonprofit arts organizations whose annual revenue is more than $100,000 annually and are based in Nashville and Davidson County. Arts organizations are those whose primary mission is to directly support performances, programs, exhibits and the dissemination of artistic content that uses professional artists in creative works. Previous grantees may reapply for continued funding and new applicants can apply for new basic operating support.

2) Core Support:

These grants support the general operations of nonprofit arts organizations based in Nashville and Davidson County who have an average revenue of less than $100,000 annually. This category supports community-based arts organizations that are in their early stages or are established organizations meeting a specific artistic or cultural need in the community. Arts organizations that fall in this category have a primary mission to directly support performances, programs, exhibits and the dissemination of artistic content.

Eligible uses of funds:
- Salaries
- Artist fees
- Program/project supplies
- Performance space/facility rental
- Marketing and promotion
- Consulting fees
- Equipment Rental

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151699

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Basic Operating Support grants are up to $20% of average revenue and cannot exceed $300,000.
- New Basic Operating Support grants up to $20% of average revenue and cannot exceed $20,000.
- Core Support grants are up to $20% of average revenue and cannot exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2018 - June 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization (or its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must:
-Be based in Metro Nashville and Davidson County;
-Be chartered in the State of Tennessee and tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3);
-Have an IRS Letter of Determination with a stamped date of March 31, 2016 or earlier for Core Support or Project Support and March 31, 2015 for Basic Operating Support;
-Produce, present or directly support artistic programs, projects or works;
-Be able to meet non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices;
-Maintain a fully completed GivingMatters.com profile.

Please note: Previous or current grantee organizations are required to maintain good standing with Metro Arts by fulfilling all the requirements in the grant contract.

Eligibility for Basic Operating Support:
-Organizations with an arts-focused mission and average revenue of more than $100,000 annually;
-3+ years as a nonprofits, and at least 6 months of programming each year;
-Requests up to 20% of average revenue, cannot exceed $300,000.

Eligibility for New Basic Operating Support:
-Organizations with an arts-focused mission and average revenue of more than $99,000 annually and did not apply for Basic Operating Support in FY18;
-2+ years as a nonprofit and at least 6 months of programming each year;
-Requests of up to 20% of average revenue.

Eligibility for Core Support:
-Organizations with an arts-focused mission and average revenue of less than $99,999 annually;
-2+ years as a nonprofit and at least 6 months of programming each year;
-Requests of up to 20% of average revenue.

Funding amounts are determined by the organization’s average revenue from the three most recently completed fiscal years. Revenue includes funds raised by an organization for its operating budget. Not included in this total are: (1) donations restricted to endowment funds, (2) in-kind contributions, and (3) donations for capital projects. Grantees in this category will be required to submit a mid-year and final report.

Restrictions:
- Capital Improvements
- Reduction of debts
- Food or beverage
- Activities or activities with religious content
- Political lobbying activities
- Fundraising events
- Purchase of property

See pages 7-8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents for a full list of restrictions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All new applicants are required to attend one of the following application workshops:

- Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM, Nashville Room, Metro Office Building
- Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, Nashville Room, Metro Office Building

To RSVP, email Laurel Fisher (see contact details below).

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are required to have a complete GivingMatters.com profile. Grant applicants who don’t already have a complete profile on GivingMatters.com must submit new profile request documents to GivingMatters.com no later than February 15, 2018.

After the GivingMatters.com staff create the initial profile, they will provide you with the necessary log-in access to complete the rest of the profile online. Organizations with new GivingMatters.com profiles must complete their profiles by March 15, 2018. Applicants that have existing profiles must submit updates to GivingMatters.com by February 28, 2018.

Applicants may request a review of draft applications. This step is optional for organizations that have received grants from Metro Arts in the past three years. New applicants and those that have not received a grant in the past three years are required to submit a draft review. Email Laurel Fisher to request that a member of the Metro Arts staff review the application that you have saved in the GO system. Draft review requests must be made by Wednesday, February 22, 2018. Metro Arts staff will read and provide feedback within 10 business days.

The application deadline is 4:30 PM, March 22, 2018.

Please note: All Metro Arts grant awards require a $1 to $1 match by the organization. This means that the organization must cover at least half of the cost of the program or project with funds not from Metro Arts or other Metro government sources. Matching funds cannot include other Metro Arts grant awards and non-cash/in-kind donations.

Contact Information:

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

To RSVP for a workshop or to request a draft review, email Lauren Fisher at laurel.fisher@nashville.gov. For more information, email or call (615) 862-6744.

Online applications will be available on February 1, 2018.

Metro Nashville Arts Commission
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Physical Address (deliveries only, no mail):
800 2nd Avenue South,
4th Floor, Nashville TN 37210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Metro Nashville and Davidson County

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