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Creative Placemaking (CP) Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies
for Cultural Activities to Enhance the Local Economy

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Tennessee Arts Commission

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01/21/20 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 and public agencies for collaborative projects that improve the character of their neighborhood, town, city, or region through arts and culture activities. New applicants are strongly advised to register well in advance of the application deadline.

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

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. This category is competitive.

Evaluators reviewing grant applications under this program use the following evaluation criteria:

  • The extent to which a project or activity builds on the distinctiveness of place using arts or cultural assets and demonstrates a potential to stimulate economic or community growth through the arts.
  • Evidence that the project or activity effectively addresses a community purpose, issue or need
  • The capability of the applicant to perform the activity, including evidence of financial and/or in-kind commitment for local match and overall project support beyond the minimum, required match as described in the budget narrative
  • Level of community support demonstrated by letters of support and indications of active participation from community stakeholders or partners. Strong applications will include letters from two or more partners or types of partners including private, government, arts and cultural nonprofits or other community partners.
  • Articulation of clear, measurable outcomes, including sustainability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155942

Number of Grants:

The Tennessee Arts Commission expects to provide five to ten awards for projects that occur in one place. At least two awards will be made to eligible rural applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range 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:

Funded projects must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Schools, colleges and universities are ineligible to serve as lead applicants, although they would be welcome as partners.

Ineligible projects:
- 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, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, January 21, 2020, by 11:59 PM (CST).

Applications must clearly show a 1:4 cash or in-kind match commitment by the applicant.

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

Contact Information:

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

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For questions, contact:
Shannon Ford

Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
TN 37243

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