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Arts Education Teacher Training Grant (AE-TT)

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, IHEs, and Schools for
Professional Development to Enhance Arts Education

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Tennessee Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

01/22/18 11:59 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 and grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Tennessee nonprofit arts organizations, arts councils, institutions of higher learning, and schools to enhance arts education through professional development. First-time applicants must verify eligibility with program staff prior to applying.

The Arts Education Teacher Training grant provides funds for intensive professional development opportunities with hands-on, immersion-style curriculum planning sessions for participants. Applications must have a single project focus. Funds vary depending on the use of arts integration in the development program.

Funds support outstanding professional development activities that promote curriculum-based arts education and/or integration which correlate with state and/or national standards. Activities may involve visual, performing, traditional folk, and/or literary arts. Teacher Training grant-funded projects are intended for immersion-style professional development opportunities with in-depth hands-on involvement and curriculum planning sessions for participants.

This category provides two tiers of funds:

-Tier One: For curriculum-based arts education professional development

-Tier Two: For curriculum-based arts integration professional development. The Commission defines arts integration as incorporating the arts into other classroom curriculum including non-arts subjects. In order for arts integration to be successful, arts specialists, general classroom teachers, and teaching artists engage in collaborative curriculum planning.

All Tennessee Arts Commission sponsored programs, services, and facilities are fully accessible to all Tennessee artists and citizens. Artists representing Tennessee’s diverse artistic and cultural heritage are urged to apply and participate in programs and activities. No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs and employment provided by the Commission and its contracting agencies.

Appropriate Funding:

Requested funds must be listed under only one expense category on the budget page for one of the following:
-Clinician or workshop leader honorarium
-Professional artist fees
-In-state travel and/or lodging for presenters
-Space rental
-Preparation time
-Consumable supplies related to the project
-Development, duplication, and dissemination of materials used during training sessions

Program Requirements:

In order to be eligible for funding under the Teacher Training category, projects must meet the following requirements:

Tier One Requirements:
-The project must be a minimum of two, one-day intensive professional development workshops or institutes, but the days do not need to be consecutive. The subsequent workshop must be a continuation of the first workshop to deepen or extend learning by participants. Additionally, the majority of participants should attend both one-day workshops.
-Professional development trainees should include classroom teachers, arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, teaching artists, principals, and/or administrators.
-Training must be participatory and hands-on but not limited to “make it and take it” workshops.
-Projects must have a strong instructional component that includes collaborative planning and lesson plan development and implementation in arts integration or curriculum-based arts education instruction. The instructional component should detail the content of the project: how subject matter will be taught and reinforced, the goals of the project, collaborative lesson planning, hands-on activities, etc. If linking content to state and/or national standards, do not simply list the standards. Explain how the standards will be incorporated as part of the instruction and how they related to the project outcomes being evaluated.
-Clinicians must be highly trained and recognized professionals in the field of arts integration and/or education. Applicants may be asked to provide resumes of clinicians.
-Include a method of evaluation that effectively measures the professional development activity. Applicant organizations seeking to train teachers are expected to demonstrate a thorough and effective evaluation plan for the proposed project. Evaluations should effectively measure the goals and objectives of the professional development activity. Recently funded continuing projects must demonstrate to what extent outcomes were met.

Tier Two Requirements:
-Must be curriculum-based arts integration focused
-Training must be for teams of educators (minimum 2 from each school) and be inclusive of any combination of core teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, and/or administrators.
-Project must serve a minimum of 50 educators.
-Training session must extend over a minimum of 4 consecutive days. Workshop series (2 or more) are eligible only if each workshop in the series is a minimum of 2 consecutive days.
-Institutes for professional development training must be based on national models.
-Include a Monitoring Plan – The Commission is interested in programs that provide ongoing assistance and communication with educators after the training activity. Provide a brief explanation (limit one page) of how the applicant organization will provide assistance and communication after the project concludes.

Applications must have a single project focus. Organizations with expansive education programs should narrow their focus to one component of their overall educational programming.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178232

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Tier One: $500 - $5,000
-Tier Two: $500 - $10,000

Term of Contract:

A project may not begin until July 1, 2018 and must conclude by June 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be one of the following:
-Nonprofit arts organizations
-Arts councils
-Public or private (with 501(c)3 status) schools or school districts
-Institutions of higher learning

Applicants may not apply for funds for the same project in another Commission grant category in the same fiscal year.

Lecture-oriented workshops, clinics, or conferences with minimal immersion activities will not be funded under this category.

Inappropriate Activities:
-Projects that are primarily lecture-oriented
-Substitute teachers and/or release time
-Participant stipends
-Permanent staff of an organization
-Incentives for participation including cash awards
-Projects designed primarily as performances, demonstrations, or exhibits with limited hands-on participation
-Field trips
-Competitions and/or tours in which participants 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
-Scholarships or competitions
-Grant writing fees
-Non-classical art forms including, but not limited to, projects involving 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 the Commission for details)

Pre-Application Information:

Arts Education Teacher Training grants do not require a dollar for dollar match; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to match the grant as much as possible to strengthen the competitiveness of the application. In-kind contributions cannot be used for matching purposes but will strengthen the application. In the space provided for in-kind contributions, show the monetary value of services and supplies donated to the program free of charge. AE-TT grant funds cannot be used to support full-time employee salaries; but the percentage of the employee’s salary devoted to the AE project/program may be used as cash match.

First time applicants should contact the Director of Arts Education prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility.

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 22, 2018 by 11:59 PM (CST).


All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Information and application instructions can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education

Meredith Callis, Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator

Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243-0780

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USA: Tennessee