From Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants –
The Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services is offering a funding opportunity called TN Military, Veterans & the Arts (TNMVA). The purpose of the initiative is to encourage organizations serving Tennessee’s military members, veterans and their families to use the arts as part of the many ways they achieve their goals and provide services to military audiences and to encourage arts organizations to engage military audiences in outcomes based activities that enhance Tennessee’s communities.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. CT. Before applying for the grant, you should read the guidelines. If you have questions, you can contact me, 615.741.2093 or the following program directors:
Literary Arts: Lee Baird, at 615-532-0493
Performing Arts: Jared Morrison, at 615-532-9801
Visual Arts: Krishna Adams, at 615-532-9798
Arts Access: Kim Johnson, at 615-532-9797
The TNMVA initiative will provide one-time funding for innovative projects using the arts that support the needs of, or address an opportunity for Tennessee’s military members, as well as veterans or their families and caregivers. Successful projects will engage active-duty troops, reservists, veterans and/or their families through the arts and strive to meet the published outcomes while leveraging the assets from the community in which they exist.
Outcomes include increased direct arts engagement that results in skills building and/or arts learning; using the arts for improved health and wellness; strengthened communication of participants, either verbal or nonverbal; or reduced isolation and increased social and community connections which include increased positive attitudes and perceptions between community and service members, veterans and their families. See details following.
Engaging public and private partners is often critical to the success of TNMVA activities through the arts. To increase the likelihood of success and sustainability, the Commission encourages communities to involve public, private (including nonprofit organizations) and institutional partners in the development of a TNMVA grant proposal. Successful projects should demonstrate partnerships that have the potential for sustainability. Substantive letters of detailing involvement are required of all partners. The “lead” organization listed as the applicant must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or an entity of local government.
Fundable applications should demonstrate the involvement of military service members, veterans, their families, or organizations supporting these communities in the planning and execution of stages of the project.
Applicants may request up to $10,000 for their project. This grant does not require a financial match. However, applications that demonstrate the commitment to continue the project through sustainable, local funding sources, partnerships and community support may increase the competitiveness of the submission.
Funded projects must take place between October 15, 2018, and June 15, 2019, under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission.