From Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants
The Tennessee Arts Commission Rolling Grants guidelines are now available to review for most grant opportunities. Applications will open around June 3, 2019, for projects that take place after July 1, 2019, but before June 15, 2020.
Rolling Grants offer support for a variety of arts based projects for nonprofit arts, non-arts organizations and governmental entities including units of local government, and schools if the organization and the project meet the eligibility requirements. The deadline to submit a rolling grant application is no less than 30 days before the project activity start date. Be sure to read the guidelines prior to applying. Awarded funds are available as reimbursements only, after the approval of submitted final evaluations. Among the guidelines that are currently ready for review are:
- Arts Access Mini-Grant (AA-MG) This grant category offers direct support for arts projects and/or programs which focus on increasing access to underserved and underrepresented populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, disability, age (over 65 years old), or current or prior military service (i.e. active duty, reserve and veteran populations). At least one of the underserved characteristics noted above must be present in the application proposal.
- Touring Grant (TOUR) This grant category supports Tennessee communities by offering support to nonprofit organizations and entities of government that present professional touring artists. Grant funds may be used to offset the costs of professional touring artist fees at a single event, for a single performing artist or group. The artist or group must offer a public performance and an educational component with their engagement in the community.
- Technical Assistance (TA) This grant is available to nonprofit arts organizations for capacity building projects. Outcomes could include short term consultations on leadership development, sound management practices, diverse financial resources, strategic planning, or partnership development; facilities or activities assessments, training opportunities for staff and or trustees, or improvements to technology (see guideline for specific technology restrictions/opportunities). Funds for this opportunity are not intended to support, supplant or substitute the work normally performed by staff or management.
- Professional Development Support (PDS) This grant is to assist professional individual Tennessee artists and arts administrators from all disciplines take advantage of a unique opportunity that will significantly benefit their work or career development.
The guidelines for Special Opportunities grants (SPECOPS) which provide organizational and individual support for participation in activities or projects identified by the Commission, Arts Education Mini Grants (AE-MG), and Target Arts Development Initiative Grants (TADI) will be published as opportunities at a later date.
The Tennessee Arts Commission encourages applications from any eligible organization or individual from across the state, especially those located in distressed, at-risk, or rural counties.
If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact me, 615.741.2093.