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Special Opportunities (SPECOPS) - Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit 2019

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Individuals to Attend an Arts Conference

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Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations and government agencies and grants of up to $500 to individuals to attend a professional arts conference. Funds can be used for registration fees and hotel expenses related to participation in the event, which will take place in April 2019..

Limited non-matching Special Opportunities funds are available to cover the costs associated with attending: “Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit/South + Appalachia: Building Bridges," presented by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with South Arts and ArtPlace America, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This summit will be held on April 16-18, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. Arts and cultural leaders, public officials, community leaders, organizational decision makers, municipal and economic planners, and others from Tennessee are encouraged to apply. This conference will present ideas, networking opportunities, and successful examples of highlighting and leveraging the creative assets especially in rural communities and small towns to attract and retain residents, creatives and businesses, and bring visitors to experience the unique nature of your hometown.

This grant opportunity is available to reimburse attendees for:
- Registration fees for the conference of up to $360 per individual.
- Hotel: Applicant may request funds at the state rate of $109/night excluding tax.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171460

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant category provides up to a total of $500 for individual applicants or up to a total of $1000 for organizational applicants registering a minimum of 2 or more staff.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant category may provide assistance to individual Tennesseans or to arts and non-arts organizations.

For Organizations:

An organization is eligible to apply for support for registration and travel of multiple staff members to attend the conference, if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
1. The organization is an entity of Government, or
2. The organization 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. Private educational institutions must be a nonprofit and meet these tax-exempt requirements.

Additional Information for Organizations:
- All organizational applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Information and application instructions can be found here.
- Organizations (not individuals or public schools) that receive grant funding from the TN Arts Commission must complete Title VI training certification in the Online Grants System before payment will be distributed.

For further eligibility information, please refer to The Arts Commission’s Legal Requirements. 

For Individuals
This grant category is designed to assist professional individuals living in Tennessee. Individuals must live in Tennessee and provide proof of residency by uploading a scan of either a:
1. Valid Tennessee voter registration card, or
2. Legal State of Tennessee driver’s license into the document section of the grant application

Those not eligible to apply include:
1. Full-time State of Tennessee employees (other than instructors on the faculties of state-supported higher learning educational institutions)
2. Children under the age of 18 years; and
3. Members of the Commission, its staff, and members of their families

This grant does not provide reimbursement for meals or travel.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for this Special Opportunities grant will be Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:59 PM CST.

This grant does not require a cash match.

This opportunity will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, based upon accurately completed submissions. You or your organization must be registered in our new online grant system to apply. Registrations can take up to 2 business days to be approved. This grant opportunity will close when all funds are allocated or by the deadline, whichever comes first.

All Special Opportunities grantees must be prepared to handle all necessary expenditures up front. Commission funds will be paid as a reimbursement.


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:

Hal Partlow, Associate Director for Grants

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee