Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)
03/27/18 4:30 PM
Grants of up to $7,000 and grants of up to $20,000 Tennessee nonprofit organizations in Metro Nashville and Davidson County for projects that engage local communities in the arts. Informational workshops are scheduled for January 23 and 24, 2018. First-time applicants must create an online profile by February 15, and returning applicants must confirm their profile by February 28, 2018. Application drafts will be accepted for review through March 8, 2018.
Arts Access Projects
This category is open to arts and non-arts nonprofit organizations. Awards support arts programming that engages at least one of Nashville’s traditionally under-invested populations or neighborhoods in unique creative activities or art-making. Under-invested populations or places may include one or more of the following: Seniors, ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American), Differently Abled, New Americans, Low-Income, LGBTQIA, Rural Areas, and neighborhoods with limited arts access.
Projects funded in this category will encourage participation in the visual arts, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, or literary arts through events, performances, exhibits, classes/workshops, and other arts programs. Projects must be led by artists who have experience working with under-invested populations or neighborhoods. Expenses that qualify for funding include artist fees, public performance and exhibition costs, project-related promotion and marketing, arts consultants, guest teaching artist fees, materials, supplies, etc.
Youth Arts Project
This category is open to arts and non-arts nonprofit organizations that provide direct arts programming for youth up to 18 years of age. Projects funded in this category will encourage participation in the visual arts, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, or literary arts through events, performances, exhibits, classes/workshops, mentorship opportunities, and other arts programs. Eligible expenses include artist fees, public performance and exhibition costs, project-related promotion and marketing, arts consultants, guest teaching artist fees, materials, supplies, etc. Projects must be led by teaching artist(s) who have experience working with youth, be guided by an approach or process for teaching and/or presenting art, and operate outside of regular school hours. Project participants can include youth up to age 18 and may include youth who are enrolled in schools or in alternate situations including homelessness or incarceration.
Funds awarded in this category will support projects that grow organizational capacity. Examples include projects that address or create cultural equity, organizational sustainability, succession planning, arts-focused workforce development, emergency preparedness, artist fellowships/residencies, etc. Expenses that qualify for funding include consulting fees, training opportunities, fellow/resident stipends, materials, supplies, etc.
Funds in this category support projects that grow artistic capacity through the creation of an original work. An original work is something that has not previously been completed, performed, or exhibited. The work can be in any artistic genre and must include collaboration between individual artists and arts organizations. For example, a Creation Project could be a sculpture, film, short story, painting, contemporary dance, musical composition, spoken word, play, or another artistic genre. Grantees in this category must create the new work within the FY19 grant period, however, the exhibition or performance of the work can take place after the grant period ends. Projects in that situation will be required to submit a closeout report at the end of the grant period as well as a supplemental report after the new work has been exhibited or performed. The applicant must commit to making the finished work accessible to the Nashville community-at-large.
GrantWatch ID#: 178249
-Arts Access Project: Up to $7,000, not to exceed 50% of program costs.
-Youth Arts Projects: Up to $7,000, not to exceed 50% of program costs.
-Catalyst Project: Up to $20,000, not to exceed 50% of program costs.
-Creation Project: Up to $20,000, not to exceed 50% of program costs.
The grant period for Arts Access and Youth Projects is July 1, 2018 - June 15, 2019.
The grant period for Catalyst and Creation Projects is July 1, 2018 - June 1, 2019.
The organization (or its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must:
-Be based in Metro Nashville and Davidson County;
-Be chartered in the State of Tennessee and tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3);
-Have an IRS Letter of Determination with a stamped date of March 31, 2016 or earlier.
-Produce, present or directly support artistic programs, projects or works;
-Be able to meet non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices;
-Maintain a fully completed GivingMatters.com profile.
Please note: Previous or current grantee organizations are required to maintain good standing with Metro Arts by fulfilling all the requirements in the grant contract.
Arts Access Project Eligibility:
- Arts and non-arts focused organizations
- 2+ years operating as a nonprofit and at least 6 months experience in working with under-invested populations or neighborhoods
Youth Arts Project Eligibility:
- Arts and non-arts focused organizations
- 2+ years operating as a nonprofit and at least 6 months of program history working with youth
Catalyst and Creation Project Eligibility:
- Arts-focused organizations
- 2+ years operating as a nonprofit and at least 6 months of programming each year
- Capital Improvements
- Reduction of debts
- Food or beverage
- Activities or activities with religious content
- Political lobbying activities
- Fundraising events
- Purchase of property
See pages 7-8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents for a full list of restrictions.
All new applicants are required to attend one of the following application workshops:
- Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM, Nashville Room, Metro Office Building
- Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, Nashville Room, Metro Office Building
To RSVP, email Laurel Fisher (see contact details below).
All applicants are required to have a complete GivingMatters.com profile. Grant applicants who don’t already have a complete profile on GivingMatters.com must submit new profile request documents to GivingMatters.com no later than February 15, 2018.
After the GivingMatters.com staff create the initial profile, they will provide you with the necessary log-in access to complete the rest of the profile online. Organizations with new GivingMatters.com profiles must complete their profiles by March 15, 2018. Applicants that have existing profiles must submit updates to GivingMatters.com by February 28, 2018.
Applicants may request a review of draft applications. This step is optional for organizations that have received grants from Metro Arts in the past three years. New applicants and those that have not received a grant in the past three years are required to submit a draft review. Email Laurel Fisher to request that a member of the Metro Arts staff review the application that you have saved in the GO system. Draft review requests must be made by Tuesday, March 8, 2018. Metro Arts staff will read and provide feedback within 10 business days.
The application deadline is 4:30 PM, March 27, 2018.
Please note: All Metro Arts grant awards require a $1 to $1 match by the organization. This means that the organization must cover at least half of the cost of the program or project with funds not from Metro Arts or other Metro government sources. Matching funds cannot include other Metro Arts grant awards and non-cash/in-kind donations.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To RSVP for a workshop or to request a draft review, email Lauren Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, email or call (615) 862-6744.
Online applications will be available on February 1, 2018. For details, see:
Metro Nashville Arts Commission
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300
Physical Address (deliveries only, no mail):
800 2nd Avenue South,
4th Floor, Nashville TN 37210
USA: Tennessee: Metro Nashville and Davidson County