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November 1, 2006

GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM THE TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION

Applicants Must Apply For Fiscal Year 2008 Grants Through The Commission's eGRANT System

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced availability of grants in all major categories for Fiscal Year 2008. With the introduction of the Commission's eGRANT system in 2006, application procedures have been simplified, making the entire process more efficient, faster, and accurate. Applications and detailed guidelines are now available on the Commission's Web site (www.arts.state.tn.us)

The Commission is currently accepting applications through its eGRANT system for Major Cultural Institutions (MCI), General Operating Support (GOS), Arts Project Support (APS), Rural Arts Project Support (RAPS), and Arts Access. In addition, Arts Education grants are available in the areas of Mini Grant and Teacher Incentive; Artist-in-Residence, Community Learning and Teacher Training; and Funds for At-Risk Youth. Individual Artist Fellowships are available in Dance, Music, Theater, Literary Arts, Media, Visual Art and Craft.

A brief description of each grant category is listed below:

Major Cultural Institutions (MCI) – This category offers general, non-project support to well-established Tennessee arts organizations that represent the highest level of quality programming and administration. MCI applicants must have an annual cash operating income (excluding in-kind contributions) of at least $1 million per year. Deadline is Monday, January 8, 2007.

General Operating Support (GOS) – GOS grants provide general non-project support to established Tennessee arts organizations. This category provides non-project assistance toward ongoing administrative costs for qualifying arts organizations. An organization may receive up to 12 percent of its total cash operating expenses in its most recently completed and audited fiscal year (up to $40,000). Deadline is Monday, January 22, 2007.

Arts Project Support (APS) – APS provides funds for a wide variety of quality arts projects. Funds awarded to a single organization in this category range from $500 to $6,000 for non-arts organizations and $500 to $8,000 for arts-focused groups. Arts organizations serving a statewide audience may apply up to $10,000. Deadline is Monday, January 22, 2007.

Rural Arts Project Support (RAPS) – This category provides funds for a wide variety of quality arts projects in Tennessee 's rural areas. Funds awarded to a single organization in this category range from $500 to $6,000 for non-arts organizations and $500 to $8,000 for arts-focused groups. An eligible organization may submit only one RAPS application for Fiscal Year 2008 funding. Deadline is Monday, January 22, 2007.

Arts Access – Funds awarded under this program are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant category offers direct support for arts projects to arts organizations of color and to non-arts organizations whose programs and services primarily benefit persons of color. The Commission awards grants in amounts ranging from $500 to $8,000 for project support to arts organizations of color and from $500 to $7,000 to non-arts organizations whose programs and services primarily benefit persons of color. Arts Access grants must be matched one-to-one. Deadline is Monday, January 22, 2007.

Arts Education Grants

Teacher Incentive Grants and Mini-Grants – Individuals are not eligible to apply directly for funding assistance through Arts Education. Teacher Incentive grants must be applied for through a school or school system. These grants must take place between July 1, 2006 and June 15, 2007. Schools must complete all projects by May 15, 2007 and submit closing paperwork by May 30 (with exception of Teacher Incentive applicants). Deadline is 30 days prior to the activity until funds are expended.

Artist-in-Residence – This grant supports curriculum-based arts integration. Residency must be conducted by an approved Tennessee Arts Commission artist-in-residence. Deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

Teacher Training – This grant supports organizations which provide outstanding professional development opportunities for educators in arts integration or curriculum-based arts education. Deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Community Learning (formerly Special Projects) – The Community Learning grant supports arts education projects in non-school settings for populations of all ages. Deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

Funds for At-Risk Youth – This grant provides support for after-school or summer camp projects for at-risk youth. Deadline is Monday, April 2, 2007.

Individual Artist Fellowships

This award provides fellowships to outstanding professional artists who live and work in Tennessee . The Commission anticipates that each fellowship in FY 2008 will be $5,000. The Commission will award up to two fellowships in each of the following discipline categories:

Craft
Dance (Performance)
Literary (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction)
Media (Film or Video)
Music (Vocal Performance)
Theater (Acting or Directing)
Visual Art (Two-dimensional work)

Deadline for all Individual Artist Fellowships is Monday, January 29, 2007.

Complete guidelines and applications are available online: www.arts.state.tn.us.

For more information on the grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission, contact Rod Reiner at (615) 741-2093 or e-mail: rod.reiner@state.tn.us.

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