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Arts Access (AA) Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits to Bring Arts
Programs to Traditionally Underserved Populations

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Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC)

Deadline Date:

01/22/18 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Tennessee nonprofits for organizational support and to provide arts programming. Funding is focused on providing programs to underserved populations, including people with disabilities, the elderly, ethnic groups, and active duty military and veterans and their families.

Ethnic groups are defined as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or other groups that constitute less than the state’s current majority population.

Proposed arts projects must involve one or more of these recognized art forms: visual, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk, or literary arts. The following are examples of activities and expenditures that are consistent with the funding philosophy for AA:

- Contracted artists fees for professional artists
- Master classes, workshops, programs, projects, or activities involving artists
- Specific aspects of workshops, festivals, and conferences
- Public performances, productions, and exhibitions produced by the applicant
- Exhibitions of art by professional artists
- Promotion, publicity, and newsletters
- Materials and supplies needed for participants in the proposed art project
- Administrative and artistic staff support
- Technical/production support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177552

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds awarded to a single organization in this category range in these amounts: $500 to $9,000 for arts organizations; $500 to $7,000 for non-arts organizations; and arts organizations serving a statewide audience can apply for up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

A project may start no earlier than July 1, 2018, and must end no later than June 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply for funding if the organization is legally chartered in Tennessee, has an active IRS 501(c)3 status, can provide a current copy of the organization’s by-laws, and a DUNS number. Failure to provide all nonprofit status documentation will result in the application being disqualified.

K-12 schools are not eligible under this category.

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.

Additional eligibility requirements and funding restrictions may apply. Please see Legal Requirements for further details:

Pre-Application Information:

The requested grant amount must be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Before applying, first register to use the new 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.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Kim Johnson, Arts Access Program Director

Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37243

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USA: Tennessee