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Arts Education Community Learning (AE-CL) Grant

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Libraries for Educational Arts Activities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Tennessee Arts Commission

Conf. Date:

11/06/20

Deadline Date:

01/19/21 11:59 PM CST

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,000 and grants of up to $9,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, government agencies, private schools, and libraries for educational arts activities. Required registrations may take up to thirty days to complete. New applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that demonstrate creative and innovative arts education programming.

Funds support projects that demonstrate creative and innovative arts education programming in community settings or non-traditional school environments for populations of all ages that directly involve participants in a hands-on learning experience focused on performing, visual, traditional folk, and/or literary arts. Projects must focus on the learning process with opportunities to demonstrate understanding. Examples of projects may include, but are not limited to, after-school programs for children, projects involving adults as the primary learners, community-wide events with strong arts learning component, or short-term teacher training activities. Professional performing, visual, traditional folk, and/or literary artists must be active presenters in the project.

This category provides two tiers of funds:

  • Tier One: for innovative arts education programming in community settings or non-traditional school environments for populations of all ages
  • Tier Two: for projects serving elementary, middle and/or secondary students through hands-on, experiential arts education programs. A minimum of 500 students must be reached through the proposed project with each student receiving at least three contact sessions with professional teaching artists involved in the design and implementation of the project. The proposed project must include a strong curriculum-based approach and thorough assessment plan that measures student learning in the art skills being taught, as evidenced through a well-constructed lesson plan and evaluation tools submitted with the application.

Program Requirements:

  • Serve a population defined by the organization’s mission
  • Have a clear beneficial educational focus which demonstrates thorough planning and implementation
  • Include an instructional component that clearly defines the goals and objectives of the project, provides learners with historical and/or social context, and demonstrates and/or reinforces the skill sets needed for the artistic medium being used. The instructional component details the content of the project – how subject matter will be taught and reinforced, the goals of the project, hands-on activities, and any problem-solving or critical thinking components. A sample lesson plan or content outline from one class session must be submitted with the application.
  • Include an evaluation component that measures the planning, implementation, and successes of the program and addresses plans for improvements or expansion of future projects. Evaluations should effectively measure the goals and outcomes of the project. Recently funded continuing projects must demonstrate to what extent outcomes were met.
For eligible expenses, see the Appropriate Funding tab on the URL for Full Text below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178231

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Requests:
- Tier One: $1,000-$7,000
- Tier Two: $1,000-$9,000

Term of Contract:

A project may not begin until July 1, 2021, and must conclude by June 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organizations or local government agencies with a primary mission of education
- Public libraries
- 501(c)(3) Nonprofit arts organizations
- Private PK-12 schools with nonprofit 501(c)3 status

Inappropriate Activities
- Projects in which the artist is to serve as the arts teacher in the absence of any ongoing arts education programs
- Permanent staff of an organization
- Incentives for participation including cash awards
- Projects designed primarily as performances, demonstrations, or exhibits with only minimal impact and limited hands-on participation
- Field trips
- Competitions and/or tours in which students are presenting, performing, and/or exhibiting
- Out-of-state travel
- Individual private lesson instruction
- Payment for apprentices or interns
- Capital outlay for permanent or non-consumable materials or equipment purchases (such as musical instruments, books, cameras, easels, etc.)
- Planned fundraising activities
- After-school clubs
- Scholarships or competitions
- Food
- Grant writing fees
- Non-classical art forms including but not limited to culinary arts, martial arts, healing arts, exercise programs, acrobatics or gymnastics (exceptions exist – contact the Commission for details)
- Payments to an employee or official of the State of Tennessee (Exceptions exist. Contact Commission for details)
- Guest artists to exhibit, direct, choreograph or conduct productions or performances

Pre-proposal Conference:

This year, the Commission is conducting the annual fall workshops virtually. Learn the nuts and bolts of a Tennessee Arts Commission grant at the statewide FY2022 Grants Workshop 101 on October 16. Then join as the Commission virtually travels the state with a series of workshops that include introductions from the Commission board and presentations from arts leaders. For a full Grants Workshop Schedule, see https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/.

Grants 101 & Grants Management Workshop: Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/grants-workshop-101-rsvp/

Fall Grants Workshop: Eastern Region (part 1): Date TBD

Fall Grants Workshop: Northeastern Region: Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-northeastern-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Eastern Region (part 2): Friday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-eastern-region-part-2/

Fall Grants Workshop: Upper Cumberland Region: Friday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. CT
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-upper-cumberland-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Western Region: Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. CT
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-western-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Middle Region: Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. CT
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-middle-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Southwestern Region: Friday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. CT
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-southwestern-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Southeastern Region: Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-southeastern-region/

Fall Grants Workshop: Northwestern Region: Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m, CT
RSVP: https://tnartscommission.org/fy2022-grants-workshop-schedule/rsvp-fall-grants-workshop-northwestern-region/

Pre-Application Information:

Submit applications by Tuesday, January 19, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. (CST).

First-time applicants should contact a program director prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility.

Applicants must register for the online grants system. Registration may take between 1-7 days to be approved. Please register prior to any grant opening or deadline to avoid missing a potential funding opportunity. See https://tnartscommission.org/art-grants/apply-for-a-grant/new-online-grants-system/ for more information.

DUNS Number: All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. DUNS information and application instructions can be found at https://tnartscommission.org/art-grants/apply-for-a-grant/legal-requirements/duns-number-requirement/. It may take up to 30 days to receive the DUNS number after applying on the website, so be sure to give yourself enough time to do this before your grant application deadline.

Arts Education Community Learning grants do not require a dollar for dollar match; however, applicants are encouraged to match the grant as much as possible. In-kind contributions cannot be used for matching purposes but will strengthen the application.

Contact Information:

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

Online Grants Portal: https://tnarts.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants: ann.brown@tn.gov or 615-532-5939

First-time applicants should contact Director of Arts Education Alicia Fuss at alicia.fuss@tn.govor 615-253-8914 prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility.

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