The Targeted Arts Development Initiative (TADI) is a strategy developed to reach counties which have been identified by the Tennessee Arts Commission as being under-represented in Commission investments. TADI is designed to build capacity and develop leadership potential, while encouraging applications from the identified counties to existing Commission grant categories or programs.
The Targeted Arts Development Initiative (TADI) is a strategy developed to:
- To better serve Distressed counties including Bledsoe, Clay, Cocke, Grundy, Hancock, Hardeman, Lake, Lauderdale, Perry, Scott, Wayne. Counties identified as At-Risk counties may also qualify including Benton, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Claiborne, Fentress, Grainger, Hardin, Hawkins, Haywood, Henderson, Houston, Jackson, Johnson, Lewis, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Obion, Rhea, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, White.
- Reach counties in Tennessee which have been identified by the Commission as receiving little or no Commission investments for the current fiscal year. FY2021 counties with little or no investments are Chester, Crockett, Giles, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Stewart, Tipton, and Trousdale.
Government and nonprofit entities within identified counties above with projects that use arts and cultural activities to benefit their community, build upon existing assets or overcome challenges are urged to apply. The Targeted Arts Development Initiative is designed to leverage investments & develop leadership potential, while encouraging applications from the identified rural and/or distressed counties to existing Commission grant categories or programs. Periodic reviews of the Commission’s grant portfolio may determine if counties are added to or removed from the Targeted Arts Development Initiative program.
Match: No match is required for TADI grants.
See legal requirements published here.
Government entities, schools and organizations within any of the above counties, and artists who can use arts and cultural activities to benefit schools and communities in these counties are urged to contact Commission staff to discuss this opportunity. Those existing in Distressed and At-Risk counties may also qualify. Please contact a commission staff member to verify if funds are available.
Eligible applicants from or servicing schools or communities within identified counties may apply for funds.
No singular county may exceed a total of $5,000 of TADI funds.
Those who may apply include Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations or governmental organizations including units of government, schools, colleges, and universities. (Colleges and universities may be eligible and only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the state, and are designed to involve community input during planning and a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible.)
All applicants who have not registered in the Commission’s new online grants system will need to do so prior to an application for funds can be approved. During this process:
- All applicants must be able to provide an EIN and DUNS number. Applicants who have not already done so must register with Dun and Bradstreet (D & B) to be issued a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number. There is no fee for registering for a DUNS number. For more information see DUNS Number Requirement.
- First time, nonprofit applicants will be required to upload a copy of their organizational by-laws into the system.
- Nonprofit applicants will be required to upload a Corporation Annual Report as filed annually with the Secretary of State’s Office with every application submitted. In lieu of the report, you may also upload a copy of the email verification issued by the Secretary of State’s office or a copy of the online verification sheet maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- All awarded recipients will need to complete Title VI training certification before the disbursement of any funds.
All TADI grants are subject to legal requirements related to application requirements, funding restrictions, non-discrimination and accessibility as published here.
All Commission sponsored programs, services and facilities are fully accessible to all Tennessee artists and citizens. Organizations are urged to consider contracting with diverse artists, artists living with disabilities, and/or artists representing Tennessee’s diverse artistic and cultural heritage. No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs and employment provided by the Commission and its contracting agencies. If an individual believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination, he/she should contact the Commission’s Director of Arts Access, (615) 532-9797.
Interested parties may contact the appropriate program director:
- Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media or Design
- Lee Baird, Director of Literary Arts
- vacant, Director of Arts Education
- Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development
- Bradley Hanson, Director of Folklife
- Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access
- Jared Morrison, Director of Performing Arts
Grants must be closed out no later than 30 days after the project activity end date or June 30, whichever comes first. Evidence of success may include impact to the community, scope of community partnerships, and the contribution(s) of the project to larger community goals. TADI recipients will be required to complete and submit a grant evaluation in the online grant system and to upload proof of Tennessee Arts Commission credit. This may include a brochure, poster, newspaper article, program, etc. that shows the Arts Commission logo and gives credit to the Commission for funding. See LOGO USAGE AND CREDIT MATERIALS section of website for further information.