Title VI Training

FY24 Title VI Nondiscrimination Training Instructions

IMPORTANT: FY25 Title VI Training Instructions for grants occurring between July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025 will be available beginning July 1, 2024. Do not complete the FY25 Title VI Training before July 1, 2024.

The Tennessee Arts Commission and Title VI Compliance

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that receives federal and state funding to support art organizations, activities, and artists throughout the State. The Commission seeks to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities and Title VI is an important part of ensuring this success.

Policy Compliance Statement – Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Commission and the State of Tennessee comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as codified in 42 U.S.C. 2000d, which states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Annual nondiscrimination training is mandatory for all Tennessee state agency grantees as shown in contract section A.6. Each organization should have a dedicated staff person or volunteer who is monitoring Title VI compliance issues and whose name and contact information is recorded in the online grants system.

When should FY24 Title VI Training occur?

All grantees will report Title VI compliance in the online grants system. Failure to complete Title VI training may result in the cancellation of your grant. For FY24, the Title VI training deadlines are as follows:

  • Annual Grants must complete Title VI training and submit certification between July 1, 2023 – December 8, 2023, and/or by the first request for payment whichever comes first and be submitted in the online grants system. The FY24 Title VI submission deadline for all Annual Grants is December 8, 2023.
  • Rolling/Mini-Grants must submit Title VI training before the payment is distributed. If your agency has already completed the training in the TN Arts Commission’s online grant system due to receiving an Annual Grant for the FY24, it is not necessary to repeat the training.
  • FY24 ABC Grants must submit Title VI training and certification in the online grants system by October 1, 2023.
  • Any FY24 grants receiving funding after January 1, 2024, must complete their FY24 Title VI training by June 1, 2024.

Who should be trained?

  • All paid staff involved with the grant of the organization are to be trained and this information is to be reported on the Title VI Training and Certification form. Please coordinate within your organization and submit only one form listing each staff person who has completed training. Do NOT submit multiple Title VI forms for each staff person who completes training. If there are new staff members who need to receive training during the year, please contact the Title VI Coordinator for inclusion on your form.
  • Though not mandated, it is strongly encouraged that Board members, front line volunteers, and contractors who work with the public, also receive training.
  • Even if your organization receives Title VI certification through another state agency or entity, each organization must still submit a TN Arts Title VI form in the Commission online grants system.
  • Individual artists and/or individuals do not submit a Title VI certification.
  • K-12 public schools and public-school teachers’ Title VI certification will be checked through the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). If the school district has not received certification through TDOE, Title VI training through the Commission’s online system will be required.
  • In very large institutions like colleges or universities where a department or area is the grantee, please call the Title VI Coordinator for more information.

Title VI training and 1st request for payment

Title VI annual training must be completed when an organization submits its first request for payment from the Commission. All grant funds will be held until training requirements are met. If you are an Annual grant recipient who did not request an initial Request for Funds payment before December 8, 2023, your organization is still responsible for submitting a Title VI Training and Certification form no later than December 8, 2023.


  1. Log into the Online Grants System using your Username and Password.
  2. Go to “organization” and complete the Title VI form in this profile.
  3. Click “edit” to enter information in the fields.
  4. Before exiting the “organization” profile, hit “save” at the bottom right-hand corner.

Remember these important tips:

  • Remember that all staff should view one (1) of the following four (4) training options (only pick one):
    • Module I – (approximately 26 minutes)
      Created by the US Department of Justice several years ago, this video provides an extended overview of Title VI. The closed captioning option is not recommended since auto-generation has resulted in discrepancies in the transcription.
    • Module II – (approximately 6 minutes)
      Created by the US Department of Justice several years ago, Part 1 of this video provides a brief overview of Title VI and has appropriate closed captioning.
    • Module III
      Part 1 – (approximately 4 minutes)
      Part 2 – (approximately 4 minutes)
      Created by the Commission, these videos contain presentation slides on disparate treatment, disparate impact and specific examples of Title VI in arts programming.
    • Module IV – (approximately 24 minutes with closed captioning available)
      Created in 2010 by the US Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Health & Human Services, this video explains Title VI, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and the use of interpreters. This video, however, was not specifically designed for arts organizations and the examples are not reflective of arts programming, but it does give a good overview of Title VI concepts.
    • Additional videos for viewing on specific Title VI topics:
      These videos are for supplemental learning only and will not meet compliance for Title VI.
      Disparate Treatment and Impact – (approximately 1 minute)
      Title VI and Limited English Proficiency – (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Submit only one form listing the staff that has completed training and entering the final percentage of staff that has been trained.
  • If you check “agency-specific” for either Title IV procedures and LEP policies, you must upload these policies. Please make sure these policies and procedures address what steps will be taken when a complaint occurs or when assisting LEP individuals.

Title VI and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures

Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, grant recipients must take adequate steps to ensure that Title VI policies and procedures are in place and to ensure that people with Limited English Proficiency (i.e., people who have limited verbal or written English skills) receive the language assistance necessary to afford them meaningful access to programs, activities, and services. In order to meet these requirements, the Commission has added a new section on the Title VI form to gather this information. Each grantee organization must complete these new sections located on pages 2-3 of the Title VI form and uploaded the entire Title VI form into the online grants system on an annual basis. The intent of these procedures is to find a balance that ensures meaningful access to critical services, while not imposing undue burdens on small nonprofits.

To assist grantee organizations in providing Limited English Proficiency (LEP) services, the Commission is offering AVAZA language line services free of charge.  AVAZA’s language line services can be accessed by calling the following:

AVAZA’s Language Line Number:  615-532-3400; Access Code: 51607 

For more information on what to expect when connecting with an AVAZA interpreter, visit the “documents library” in the Commission’s online grants system.

For questions on any Title VI or LEP procedures, contact the Commission’s Title VI Coordinator, Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access, at 615-532-9797 or kim.johnson@tn.gov.

Reminder: Title VI posters and nondiscrimination policies located in public places

Agencies must have a Title VI poster visible in a public location at their organization and/or event. Click here to download the Title VI poster or for hard copies, contact the Art Commission’s Title VI Coordinator.

Nondiscrimination policies are also required to be communicated on an agency’s website and/or posted in a public place. As a model, the Commission’s policy can be found on our website.