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Funds for At-Risk Youth (FAY) Grant

Grants to Tennessee Agencies, Nonprofits, Libraries, and
Schools for Arts Programming for Children and Youth

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 $9,000 to Tennessee government agencies, nonprofit organizations, libraries, school systems, and schools to support arts programming for at-risk children and youth. Required registrations may take up to thirty days to complete. New applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying.

The category provides funds to support out-of-school time, arts-based programs designed for children in grades PK-12 who are considered at-risk. Eligible projects must provide hands-on, experiential arts learning activities. Professional artists must be integral to the project and provide primary instruction in one or more of the following artistic disciplines: performing, visual, literary, and/or folk arts. Applicants must provide verification that the majority (51% or more) of participating students are considered at-risk. Funds for At-Risk Youth (FAY) grants provide funds for projects meeting the following objective and one or more strategies:

Objective: Prepare students for success in school, career and life through the arts.

  • Strategy 1: Advance arts education and arts integration initiatives that develop 21st century learning and literacy skills. Projects using Strategy 1 are encouraged to:
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the artistic advancement of skills and knowledge for students.
    • Link content to arts and non-arts (if applicable) state and/or national curriculum standards and explain how the standards will be incorporated as part of instruction.
    • Explain how standards relate to the project outcomes being evaluated.
    To view the state curriculum standards, visit the TN Department of Education’s website: https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.html.
  • Strategy 2: Nurture initiatives that build skills to prepare students for jobs in the creative sector. Projects using Strategy 2 are encouraged to:
    • Offer work-based learning opportunities to shadow professionals in the creative sector.
    • Develop creative sector work readiness knowledge, attitudes, and skills in students.
    • Incorporate portfolios for students to demonstrate skills development.
    For more information on work-based learning, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s website on Career & Technical Education at https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/education/career-and-technical-education/work-based-learning.html.
  • Strategy 3: Encourage positive youth development through the arts. Projects using Strategy 3 are encouraged to:
    • Create a safe and affirming environment conducive to positive youth development through the arts.
    • Foster relationship-building and social skill development through small-group interaction, collaboration with professional and student artists, and community engagement.
    • Promote student ownership by involving participants in planning, leadership roles, and developing student voice.
For more information on arts-based positive youth development, visit the Creative Youth Development National Partnership’s website at https://www.creativeyouthdevelopment.org/.
For eligible expenses, see the Appropriate Funding tab on the URL for Full Text below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178233

Estimated Size of Grant:

The category provides funds ranging from $1,000 to $9,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be one of the following:
- Nonprofit organizations or government agencies with a primary mission to serve youth
- Libraries
- Nonprofit arts organizations
- PK-12 schools or school systems (public or 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
- Cash awards
- 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 the 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 the Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator prior to submitting an application to verify eligibility.

Applicants must register for the 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. 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.

Funds for At-Risk Youth 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 cash match purposes but may 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

Meredith Callis, Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator
meredith.callis@tn.gov
615-532-5934

For new applicants, contact the Traditional Arts Specialist, Evangeline Mee, to verify eligibility at evangeline.mee@tn.gov or 615-532-0169.

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