TAC Arts Education Community Learning

Tennessee Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Jan 16, 2025 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $14,000

Fields of work: Art Education Arts / Culture Access & Participation Youth Involvement in the Arts Public / Community Art

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee


Arts Education Community Learning

Support for projects that demonstrate creative and innovative arts learning programming in community settings.

The Arts Education Community Learning (AE-CL) grant program provides funding for single projects that use the arts in creative and innovative ways to offer education in communities or non-traditional school environments. There are no age restrictions. Projects should include hands-on learning experiences focused on performing, visual, traditional folk, and/or literary arts for the participants.

Applications must have a single project focus with outcomes listed for one project only. Applicants should not describe extensive educational programming involving multiple projects offered by the organization. Applicants may not apply for funds for the same project in another Tennessee Arts Commission grant category in the same fiscal year. Funds vary depending on the group being served, refer to the Guidelines below for more detail.

This category provides two tiers of funds:

  • Tier One: For innovative arts education programming in community settings or non-traditional school environments for populations of all ages
  • Tier Two: For projects serving elementary, middle and/or secondary students through hands-on, experiential arts education programs. A minimum of 500 students must be reached through the proposed project with each student receiving at least three contact sessions with professional teaching artists involved in the design and implementation of the project. The proposed project must include a strong curriculum-based approach and thorough assessment plan that measures student learning in the art skills being taught, as evidenced through a well-constructed lesson plan and evaluation tools submitted with the application.

Program Requirements: 

  • serve a population defined by the organization’s mission
  • have a clear beneficial educational focus which demonstrates thorough planning and implementation
  • include an instructional component that clearly defines the goals and objectives of the project, provides learners with historical and/or social context, and demonstrates and/or reinforces the skill sets needed for the artistic medium being used. The instructional component details the content of the project – how subject matter will be taught and reinforced, the goals of the project, hands-on activities, and any problem-solving or critical thinking components. A sample lesson plan or content outline from one class session must be submitted with the application.
  • include an evaluation component that measures the planning, implementation, and successes of the program and addresses plans for improvements or expansion of future projects. Evaluations should effectively measure the goals and outcomes of the project. Recently funded continuing projects must demonstrate to what extent outcomes were met.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants:.
    • 501(c)3 Nonprofit organizations or local government agencies with a primary mission of education
    • Public libraries
    • 501(c)3 Nonprofit arts organizations
    • Private PK-12 schools with nonprofit 501(c)3 status
  • Applications MUST have a single project focus. Organizations with expansive education programs should narrow their focus to one component of their overall educational programming.
  • Applicants may not apply for funds for the same project in another Commission grant category in the same fiscal year.
  • Debarment and Suspension. Grantees are required to sign contracts certifying to the best of its knowledge and belief, that it, its current and future principals, its current and future subcontractors and their principals are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any federal or state department or agency.
  • DUNS Number: All applicants are required to have a DUNS number.


  • Ineligible expenses include:
    • Projects in which the artist is to serve as the arts teacher in the absence of any ongoing arts education programs
    • Permanent staff of an organization
    • Incentives for participation including cash awards
    • Projects designed primarily as performances, demonstrations, or exhibits with only minimal impact and limited hands-on participation
    • Field trips
    • Competitions and/or tours in which students are presenting, performing, and/or exhibiting
    • Out-of-state travel
    • Individual private lesson instruction
    • Payment for apprentices or interns
    • Capital outlay for permanent or non-consumable materials or equipment purchases (such as musical instruments, books, cameras, easels, etc.)
    • Planned fundraising activities
    • After-school clubs
    • Scholarships or competitions
    • Food
    • Grant writing fees
    • Non-classical art forms including but not limited to culinary arts, martial arts, healing arts, exercise programs, acrobatics or gymnastics (exceptions exist – contact the Commission for details)
    • Payments to an employee or official of the State of Tennessee (Exceptions exist. Contact Commission for details)
    • Guest artists to exhibit, direct, choreograph or conduct productions or performances 

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