TN Governor’s State of Emergency re: COVID-19 2021 Grant Guidance

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, grantees may experience changes to the budget and/or scope of their FY21 project grants, occurring between July 1, 2020 to June 15, 2021. Changes will be approved on a case-by-case basis and only as a one-time exception during FY2021 due to Covid-19. 

Grantees are encouraged to complete projects as proposed in the application. If unable to do so, grantees may request the following Project Adjustments


  • Execute a similar but alternative arts project (e.g. virtual project with the same project outcomes and participants)
  • Execute a different but equivalent arts project (i.e. different outcomes and participants)
  • Use up to $5,000 of the grant funds for technology purchases and/or adjustments to deliver services (note: Non-arts organizations must be able to connect technology expenses to arts outcomes and ensure virtual project activity.)


      1. Video recording supplies
      2. Sound recording supplies
      3. Technical services companies / technician salaries
      4. Software purchases or subscriptions (e.g. online meeting platforms)


  • Arts organizations convert project expenses to operating expenses to achieve arts and potentially non-arts outcomes 
  • Arts and non-arts organizations convert project expenses to support future arts programming. Grantees will be expected to report deliverables when closing out their FY2021 grants including proof of grant funds spent during FY2021. (note: Non-arts organizations may not use funds for salary support and must connect other operating expenses including investment in arts infrastructure for future arts activity or to achieve future arts outcomes.) 

Please contact your program director to discuss the details of the newly-proposed project.


To avoid double-dipping, grantees with multiple grants must ensure that grant expenses and match for the same type of line items from their different TN Arts grants (e.g. permanent staff salaries for two separate grants) must be for separate and distinct projects or activities. See language D.15. in the grant contract for documentation and reporting requirements related to record keeping for these expenses.

Regardless of project changes, organizations receiving CARES Act funding must use the CARES portion of the grant to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to organizations that add value to Tennessee’s economy and the creative life of our communities.