Most grant categories are reviewed by advisory panels that are convened every March and April, by artistic discipline, service area or category. The following grant categories are reviewed by panel: Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, Partnership Support, Arts Project Support, Rural Arts Project Support, Arts Education Community Learning, Funds for At-Risk Youth, Arts Education Teacher Training, Creative Placemaking, Arts360, and Arts Access.
All advisory panel meetings are held at the Tennessee Arts Commission (unless notified otherwise) at 401 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Nashville TN 37243.
- Applicants are notified of the date and approximate time of their application review. It is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory, for a representative of the organization to be present at the time of review. For your convenience, a telephone dial-in attendance option for Advisory Panel Meetings is available. If you choose the dial-in option:
- To connect, please dial 888-778-2006. You may dial in, on the appropriate day, approximately 5 minutes prior to the start time listed for your panel. Approximate review time for each application will be sent to the contact person listed on each application. The Commission makes every effort to maintain this schedule, but please dial in early in case we are ahead of schedule.
- Please mute your phone after being connected to the conference; no need to announce yourself to the group.
- You may unmute at the time of your grant’s review if prompted for a question and hang-up when finished.
- Applicants may not make a presentation or pass out additional information at the Advisory Panel meeting but are allowed to respond if a panelist questions them.
- Panelists and adjudicators are asked to assign ratings for each evaluation criteria. They may discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the application and give constructive comments.
Apart from running the panel meeting and keeping the discussions consistent with review criteria, Commission staff members do not take an active role in the review process and do not score applications.
Panelists are instructed on how to review and score or rate each application based on evaluation criteria within the online system. Staff will provide an orientation session for panelists to answer any questions about the process and funding policies. Panelists who have a declared a conflict of interest with an application must remove themselves from the discussion and will not be allowed to score that application.
Funding recommendations are based on the final ratings and rankings of all applications and available funds.
Applications rarely receive total funding requests in this competitive process, and those with the lowest rankings may receive no funding. All funding recommendations are presented to the Commission members for final approval.