FY19 Title VI Certification


By Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access –

The beginning of the new fiscal year is the perfect time for TN Arts grantees to update their Title VI training requirements.

To comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin for entities which receive federal funds, annual nondiscrimination training is mandatory for all Tennessee state agency grantees, including TN Arts grantees per contract section A.6. Each organization should have a dedicated staff person or volunteer who is monitoring Title VI compliance issues.

  • Annual grantees must complete Title VI training after July 1, 2018, but no later than December 7, 2018, in the Online Grants System or by the first request for payment, if the request for payment is submitted prior to December 7, 2018.
  • ABC Grants are required to submit Title VI training by October 1, 2018, in the online grants system. Title VI forms will be reviewed for completeness by the Designated Agency for your grant.
  • Rolling Grant
    • Organizations that receive Rolling Grants must submit training before payment will be distributed. If your agency has already completed the training in the TN Arts Commission’s online grant system for the FY19, it is not necessary to repeat the training. Note: if you are applying between June 1-30, 2018 FY19 Title VI training and certification form will be due after July 1 and before your project activity.
    • Individuals receiving Rolling Grants do not need to complete.
  • STS recipients will be verified through the Tennessee Department of Education’s Title VI requirements. If a school or district has not completed training, they will be notified and required to complete the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Title VI training.

To complete the certification, log onto the Online Grants System using your Username and Password. In the Online Grants System’s menu bar at the left, select “Documents Library.” In that file, select the  “FY19 Title VI Training and Certification” form and save it on your computer. The FY19 Title VI form is also accessible from the TN Art Commission’s website.

Additional information about Title VI training and certification can be found here. If you have questions about Title VI, please contact me at 615-532-9797 or