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Creative Placemaking (CP) Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies
for Arts Activities that Benefit the Community

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Tennessee Arts Commission

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01/19/21 11:59 PM (CST)


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, government entities, and quasi-governmental entities for arts activities that benefit the community. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to seven days to complete. Funding is intended to help build stronger communities through the arts for positive economic and community outcomes.

The Creative Placemaking (CP) grant is designed to help communities enhance the distinctive local character of Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes. Successful CP applications will demonstrate how proposed projects will materially improve the physical and social character of their neighborhoods, districts, municipalities, or regions through arts and cultural activities or assets. Funding will depend upon an application’s rating from the review process and the total amount of funds available to the Tennessee Arts Commission for grant allocation. In addition to merit ratings, the Commission seeks a diversity of project designs, locations and community settings across Tennessee for CP projects.

The Commission believes that creativity is a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and invention. Many organizations, businesses and local governments collaborate to reinvest in and revitalize their communities, and the arts often represent a way to cultivate and capitalize upon creativity with lasting economic benefits.

In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities or assets. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business visibility and public safety, and brings diverse people together to build shared understanding of culture and community.

Examples of eligible projects or activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Arts used as a catalyst to revitalize downtowns or neighborhoods
  • Development of an arts or cultural business incubator or apprenticeship program
  • Transformation of a perceived community liability into a community asset through the arts
  • Development of an activity or project that encourages greater engagement with the arts in state parks, farmer’s markets, or other natural, unique ecological or recreational assets

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155942

Number of Grants:

The Tennessee Arts Commission expects to provide five to ten awards. At least two awards will be made to eligible rural applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Tennessee Arts Commission expects to provide five to ten awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for projects that occur in one place. Applications that involve partnerships of two or more towns, cities and/or counties can request up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

For Projects Occurring FY2022: July 1, 2021 - June 15, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
- 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organizations legally chartered & headquartered in Tennessee
- Entities of Local Government within Tennessee

The Commission encourages communities to involve public, private (including nonprofit organizations) and institutional partners in the development of a CP grant proposal.

The lead applicant is eligible to apply if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
- The organization is an entity of local government or regional quasi-governmental entity (development district, human resource agency, etc.)
- The applicant is a nonprofit organization legally chartered in Tennessee and in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- 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.

Schools, colleges and universities are ineligible to serve as lead applicants, although they would be welcome as partners. All Creative Placemaking grants will be awarded and disbursed to lead applicants only.

Ineligible Projects for CP Grant category:
- Operating support for arts organizations or ongoing arts programming.
- Marketing and promotional materials
- Standard Commission funding restrictions. However, for the CP grant category only, costs for equipment, if integral to the project, are allowable
- Arts organizations that receive revenue from a “New Specialty Earmarked Plate” under T.C.A 55-4-215 (a) (1) are ineligible for Commission grant funding.

For further eligibility information, please refer to the Commission’s Legal Requirements at

Pre-proposal Conference:

This year, the Commission is conducting the annual fall workshops virtually. Learn the nuts and bolts of a Tennessee Arts Commission grant at the statewide FY2022 Grants Workshop 101 on October 16. Then join as the Commission virtually travels the state with a series of workshops that include introductions from the Commission board and presentations from arts leaders. For a full Grants Workshop Schedule, see

Grants 101 & Grants Management Workshop: Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Fall Grants Workshop: Eastern Region (part 1): Date TBD

Fall Grants Workshop: Northeastern Region: Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Fall Grants Workshop: Eastern Region (part 2): Friday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Fall Grants Workshop: Upper Cumberland Region: Friday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. CT

Fall Grants Workshop: Western Region: Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. CT

Fall Grants Workshop: Middle Region: Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. CT

Fall Grants Workshop: Southwestern Region: Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. CT

Fall Grants Workshop: Southeastern Region: Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Fall Grants Workshop: Northwestern Region: Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m, CT

Pre-Application Information:

Submit applications by Tuesday, January 19, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. (CST).

Applicants are encouraged to contact Shannon Ford to discuss the project and to verify eligibility prior to applying for funding.

If you are a new applicant to the Tennessee Arts Commission, register to use the Online Grants System. You are strongly advised to register well in advance to the application deadline. Anyone registering close to the deadline date can expect delays in the processing of their grant application. A registration may take between 1-7 days to be approved. Please register prior to any grant opening or deadline to avoid missing a potential funding opportunity. OFor more information, see

Applications must clearly show a 1:4 cash or in-kind match commitment by the applicant. That is, for every $4 of Commission funding requested, the grantee must provide a minimum of $1.

Contact Information:

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

Online Grants System:

Shannon Ford

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