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February 15, 2008

FUNDS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM THE TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION

Deadline for application is March 25

NASHVILLE - - Funds for At-risk Youth (FAY) grants are currently available through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Education Program. The grants support arts-based after-school or summer camp programs designed specifically for elementary and secondary at-risk children by providing hands-on arts activities.  Projects must have professional artists at the core and may include any art discipline, including performing, visual, literary arts, folk and ethnic arts, and film.  All students participating in the program must be “at-risk.”

The Commission adheres to the definition of “at-risk” established by the U.S. Department of Education which states: “Any primary or secondary grade student who is at-risk as a result of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, recent migration, disability, limited English proficiency, juvenile delinquency, illiteracy, extreme poverty, or dropping out of school.”

Kim Leavitt, director of the Commission’s Arts Education Program, says the grants have made a tremendous impact on our state’s at-risk youth. “There are many success stories that have resulted from projects all across the state,” says Leavitt. According to Leavitt, applications must have a single project focus, and organizations with expansive education programs should narrow their focus to one component of their overall educational programming.  “Priority will be given to ongoing projects that continue beyond the activities of the grant,” she says.

  Deadline for Application is Tuesday, March 25, 2008.  Applicants must notify the Commission’s Director of Arts Education by e-mail of their intent to apply no later than March 3, 2008. Projects may not begin before September 1, 2008 and must end by June 15, 2009. Applications must apply through the Commission’s online eGRANT system.  Complete guidelines and application are available online: www.arts.state.tn.us/grant_guidelines.htm  Applicants should read the Funds For At-Risk Youth Guidelines before contacting the Commission with questions. For more information about FAY Grants, contact Kim Leavitt, director of arts education, at (615) 532-5934 or e-mail: kim.leavitt@state.tn.us.

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