Dates to note:
Friday, May 31 - application available online
Monday, June 10 - workshop in Knoxville (click to RSVP)
Monday, July 1 - application deadline
Tuesday, July 23 - grant panel review in Knoxville
Grant Period: August 16, 2013 through June 15, 2014; Grant Awards: $500 to $2,000.
The Tennessee Arts Commission has reinstated its popular Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program. The ABC grant category is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences. Through the ABC grant program, the Commission seeks to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. ABC grants will be coordinated through a decentralized decision- making and distribution process in partnership with regional designated agencies.
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The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville requests Arts Build Communities grant proposals for art projects from any non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located within the following fourteen East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union.
An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of its arts activities if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
1) The organization is a nonprofit organization legally chartered in Tennessee and in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Private educational institutions must be a nonprofit and meet these tax-exempt requirements; OR
2) The organization is an entity of government (such as city/county government departments, public libraries, public schools, etc.).
Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the State and are designed to involve a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or are oriented primarily to collegiate students and the academic community are not eligible.
Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30 PM (CT) on Monday, July 1, 2013. The ABC online application can be accessed beginning at 8:00 AM (CT) on Friday, May 31, 2013 at www.tn.gov/arts.
The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. ABC funds may be used to: provide innovative arts experiences that are new or unfamiliar to community residents; offer arts programs that are designed to help affect positive change in community social issues; develop arts programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement; undertake cultural arts initiatives that enhance a community’s identity and/or economic development; and offer training that helps experienced or emerging artists/arts administrators develop entrepreneurial skills or innovative strategies for building sustainability.
The proposed project must take place and grants funds must be used between August 16, 2013 and June 15, 2014. Funds awarded to a single organization in this category range from $500 to $2,000. Grant funds in this category must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Only one grant application may be submitted per applicant per year in this program.
The Arts & Culture Alliance is one of ten designated agencies that administer the ABC program statewide on behalf of the Tennessee Arts Commission. Designated agencies are trained to assist ABC applicants with identifying eligible activities, provide feedback on draft applications, administer local grant review panels, and help grant recipients track the success of funded activities. The grant review panel will take place on Tuesday, July 23, at the Emporium Center.
Prior to submitting an application, qualifying organizations should discuss the program or project proposal with their designated agency or Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development for the Tennessee Arts Commission, at (615) 532-9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Suzanne Cada at (865) 523-7543 or via e-mail.