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Grants to Tennessee PreK-12 Schools to
Enhance Education through Arts Integration

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Tennessee Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

01/22/18 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $55,000 over three years to Tennessee preK-12 schools and school systems to enhance educational outcomes through arts integration. First-time applicants must verify eligibility with program staff prior to applying. This program supports school-wide arts integration programs. This program brings teachers full circle as learners, collaborators, facilitators, and reflectors by making arts-based and arts-integrated learning a critical component of every child’s educational experience.

Arts integration is a method of teaching that supports learning both in and through the arts. Teachers of non-arts subjects work alongside arts specialists and teaching artists to create collaborative lesson plans that infuse creativity into learning. The curriculum standards and objectives of arts and non-arts subjects are connected seamlessly to strengthen understanding in multiple content areas.

Program Goals:
-Improve the academic performance and outcomes of students
-Improve standards-based arts education for all participants
-Integrate standards-based arts education into the school curriculum
-Nurture collaboration within schools, across districts, and statewide
-Support a systematic expansion of the arts integration network in Tennessee

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.

3 Phases for Participating Schools:
New Schools exist in the “New Schools” phase for project years 1-2 and become “Mentor Schools” during project year 3 before graduating as “Expert Schools”. Arts360 grant funds are only available to New and Mentor Schools for project years 1-3. Expert Schools are not eligible for Arts360 grant funds beyond project year 3.

Program Requirements for New and Mentor Schools:
-Must be a Title I public school in Tennessee
-75-100% commitment from school faculty
-Host a minimum of two teaching artist residencies with teacher training in-services for 75-100% of faculty annually. Two annual residencies must utilize artist(s)/organization(s) on the Teaching Artist Roster. Artist(s)/organization(s) not on the roster may be utilized with Arts360 grant funds only in addition to the two roster artist(s)/organization(s) each year.
-Attend the annual statewide arts education conference for four years (before year 1, after year 1, after year 2, and after year 3)
-Submit a minimum of five lesson plans to the Tennessee Arts Commission Lesson Plan Database each year
-Participate in two school observations by Tennessee Arts Commission staff annually
-Host open house or “night of the arts” inviting the community to learn about work in arts integration
-Identify Arts360 Coordinator
-Establish mentor/mentee relationships with new schools during project year 3
-Participate in a community of practice by sharing program tools, lesson ideas, best practices, and findings

Expectations for Expert Schools:
-Continue as part of a community of practice by presenting lesson ideas, best practices, and leading reflection sessions at statewide arts education conferences
-Send teams of teachers (minimum of 5-10 depending on school size) to the statewide arts education conference
-Submit three arts integration lesson plans annually to the Tennessee Arts Commission Lesson Plan Database
-Have an open-door policy to interested administrators, teachers, and community members
-Exemplary leaders apply to Teaching Artist Roster as consultants/arts integration specialists

Appropriate Funding:
-Permanent Staff (Administrative) for the Arts360 Coordinator stipend only
-Contracted Personnel (Artistic) for professional artist fees and travel
-Contracted Personnel (Tech/Production)
-Contracted Personnel (Other)
-Travel for professional development, trainings, or teacher release time
-Marketing for sharing/dissemination of program tools, lesson ideas, best practices, and findings
-Remaining Operating Expenses for supplies and equipment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178234

Estimated Size of Grant:

The category provides funds up to $55,000 over a three-year grant period, not to exceed:
-$25,000 for project year 1
-$20,000 for project year 2
-$10,000 for project year 3

Term of Contract:

A project may not begin until July 1, 2018 and conclude by June 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be preK-12 public schools or school systems in Tennessee.

Applicants may not apply for funds for the same project in another Commission grant category during the three-year grant period.

This grant program is not available for schools that have been a part of the Commission’s Value Plus Schools or Arts360 arts integration programs in the past.

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 (with the exception of the Arts360 Coordinator stipend)
-Contracted Personnel (Administrative)
-Space Rental
-Capital Expenditures and Acquisitions
-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
-Planned fundraising activities
-After-school clubs
-Scholarships or competitions
-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-Application Information:

The Arts360 grant requires a 50% match. For every $2 in grant funds, the applicant must show a $1 cash match. Applicants should show at least a 50% match in the Financial Information section under Projected Project Expenses and Income.

Note that the Projected Project Expenses and Income should reflect your entire project cash expenses and income for a three-year period, including all Commission Funds Requested and all other Applicant Cash Participation. Therefore, if you plan to match more than 50% of the Commission Funds Requested, you should show this in the Projected Project Expenses and income.

In-kind contributions cannot be used for cash matching purposes but will strengthen the application. In the In-Kind Contributions section of the application, show and describe the monetary value of services and supplies donated to the program free of charge.

First-time applicants must 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).


Teaching Artist Roster:

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

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

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USA: Tennessee