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Creative Placemaking (CP) Grant Competition

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies
to Develop Local Arts and Cultural Assets

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Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC)

Deadline Date:

01/22/19 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $8,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Tennessee nonprofits 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;
-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;
-Transformation of a perceived community liability into a community asset through the arts.

At least two awards will be made to eligible rural applicants. A map of rural counties in Tennessee is linked in Additional Geographic Information.

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.

Evaluators reviewing grant applications under this program use the following evaluation criteria:
-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
-Capability of 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155942

Number of Grants:

The Tennessee Arts Commission expects to provide 5 - 10 awards for projects that occur in one place. At least 2 awards will be made to eligible rural applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $8,000 for projects that occur in one place. Applications that involve partnerships of two or more towns, cities and/or counties can request up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To increase the likelihood of success and sustainability, 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

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.

Not funded:
- 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:

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Pre-Application Information:

Submit applications by Monday, January 22, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. (CST).

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

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.

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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.

Apply online:

Shannon Ford

Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243

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USA: Tennessee