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Tennessee Arts Commission

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01/19/16 4:30 PM CST


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Partnership Support (PS) provides operating support for qualified arts organizations chartered in Tennessee. Funding will depend upon an organization’s rating in the review process and upon the total amount of funds available to the Commission for grant allocation. This category is competitive.

Organizations may request 12 percent of their total cash operating expenses in their most recently completed fiscal year at the time they submit their application, up to but not exceeding the maximum grant of $40,000.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163411

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Partnership Support (PS) provides operating support for qualified arts organizations chartered in Tennessee.


An organization is eligible to apply for funding of its arts activities if the organization is legally chartered in Tennessee and meets either of the following qualifications:

The group is a chartered nonprofit organization with a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring it exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The organization is a public or private educational institution (such as an elementary or secondary school), a school board, a governmental agency, or a college or university.
Private educational institutions must be nonprofit and meet the tax-exempt requirements explained above.

Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the state and are designed to involve community input during planning and a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible.

Organizations whose projects primarily serve K-12 students are eligible to apply for Arts Education grants.

Nonprofit organizations that are first time applicants must provide the Tennessee Arts Commission with a copy of the organization’s Tennessee State charter (verification of incorporation), current by-laws, and letter of determination from the IRS. Applicants must provide a valid IRS Employer Identification Number that is issued in the name of the applicant organization.

Any question of eligibility should be directed to the Commission before the application is submitted. First time applicants MUST contact the Commission to discuss the proposed project prior to application submission.

Pre-Application Information:

By November 30: First time applicants to this category must contact Tennessee Arts Commission’s Associate Director for grants at or 615-741-2093 prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility.

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


Associate Director of Grants or 615-741-2093

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