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FY19 THRIVE Funding

Grants to Tennessee Artists, Businesses, and Organizations
for Arts Projects that Build Communities in Nashville

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Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

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Grants of up to $3,000, grants of up to $5,000, and grants of up to $9,500 to Tennessee individual artists, businesses, and organizations for arts projects that cultivate, strengthen, and build communities in Nashville and Davidson County. Applicants must receive coaching prior to applying.

Funding Categories

Community Art Sharing and Celebration (up to $3,000): A Community Art Sharing and Celebration project intentionally shapes the physical and social character and celebrates our Nashville neighborhoods through the sharing of an artistic practice. In this category, the community informs the artist’s vision for the work. A competitive application will include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience.

Community Art Co-Design & Co-Creation (up to $5,000): A Community Co-Design & Co-Creation project actively engages the community in the art-making process. These projects must involve a strong, committed partnership between the artist and a specific group, organization or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision for the artwork. The artwork should be largely process-based. In this funding category, the public is required to participate in the physical creation and/or design of the artwork.

Public Art and Placemaking (up to $9,500): A Public Art and Placemaking project creates temporary, publicly accessible artworks in a public space. A successful application should demonstrate a community need or evidence the artist is engaged with a partner, a community or communities. It should also include a feasible timeline of community co-creation or engagement, installation, removal of the artwork and/or long-term maintenance plan. Projects in this category may have artistic elements that exist beyond the initial installation or performance. A competitive application in this category will exhibit an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience and/or show strong committed partnerships between the artist and a specific group, organization, or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision of the artwork. The artwork should be largely process based and the artist is required to involve the community in a co-creation and/or co-design process. This funding category requires the approval of the Metro Arts Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Arts Commission.

Funds may only be used to pay for artist fees, direct project management costs, and/or art-related supplies or materials that support the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183958

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Art Sharing and Celebration: Up to $3,000
- Community Art Co-Design & Co-Creation: Up to $5,000
- Public Art and Placemaking: Up to $9,500

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within the fiscal year in which the funds were awarded (Metro's fiscal year is July 1 - June 30).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age.

Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts in the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funds.

Businesses and organizations must be located in Davidson County to be eligible to apply. Organizational applicants must have a professional artist identified to lead the project.

Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.

For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.

Partnerships with other artists, organizations, businesses, and/or neighborhood groups are required.

THRIVE funds may not be used for:
- Ongoing, embedded, or permanent programs of Metro Departments or Authorities
- Durable goods, including equipment or capital improvements. Other examples of durable goods include: appliances, furniture, musical instruments, consumer electronics, and sporting goods.
- Administrative supplies
- The purchase of real property
- Fundraising activities
- The reduction of accumulated deficits and debts
- Artworks or artistic projects already completed, exhibited, or performed
- Refreshment costs
- Activities or programs with religious content, study, or practice. Metro Arts funds must be used for secular arts activities only.

Projects that are already receiving funding, or have confirmed funding, from a Metro Government source are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funding. This does not include in-kind support from Metro Government; only cash exchange applies to this restriction.

Pre-proposal Conference:

As part of the THRIVE Guidelines, applicants are required to receive coaching prior to applying for THRIVE. There are three methods of coaching. Applicants can:

- Watch the FY19 THRIVE information video:

- Schedule a phone coaching session with staff

- Schedule an in person coaching session with staff

All coaching sessions should be scheduled through the THRIVE Artist Coaching link. You will receive an email from staff confirming the location.

Schedule a coaching session:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants (artists or organizations) may receive funds for one project per year (12 month period).

- Friday, June 1, 2018
- Friday August 31, 2018
- Friday November 30, 2018
- Friday March 1, 2019

Application, Approval, and Awards Process

Step 1: Pre-Application Review and Coaching
Applicants must view the THRIVE online webinar, attend a THRIVE workshop, or schedule a meeting or phone consultation with Metro Arts staff prior to submitting an application to discuss the project and proposal process as it relates to their specific project.

Step 2: Submission - Submit Online Proposal
Submit two weeks prior to deadline in order to receive staff feedback and allow time for review prior to scoring. Applications submitted within two weeks of a deadline may not be reviewed by staff prior to panel review.

Step 3: Staff Review, Scoring, and Recommendation to Metro Arts Commission

Step 4: Review and Approval by Metro Arts Commission
Commission meetings: July 19, 2018; September 20, 2018; November 15, 2018; February 21, 2019

Step 5: Award Procedure and Post-Award/Pre-Project Coaching
Applicants will be notified via email of the status of their proposal.

Projects are funded on a competitive, first-come, first-served basis. When THRIVE funds are depleted, Metro Arts will note that on the web site and in other program communications.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator

Physical Address
800 2nd Avenue South
4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37210-2008

Mailing Address
PO Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Nashville and Davidson County