TAC Arts Education Teacher Training Grant

Tennessee Arts Commission

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

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Art Education Teacher Development & Training

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee



Support for providing intensive professional development in arts education.

Opportunities include hands-on, immersion-style curriculum planning sessions for participants. Applicants must be nonprofit arts organizations, art councils, schools or school districts, or institutions of higher learning. Applications must have a single project focus. Applicants may not apply for funds for the same project in another Tennessee Arts Commission grant category in the same fiscal year.

Funds support outstanding professional development activities that promote curriculum-based arts education and/or arts integration which correlate with state and/or national standards. Activities may involve visual, performing, traditional folk, and/or literary arts. Teacher Training grant-funded projects are intended for immersion-style professional development opportunities with in-depth hands-on involvement and curriculum planning sessions for participants. Lecture-oriented workshops, clinics, or conferences with minimal immersion activities will not be funded under this category.

This category provides two tiers of funds:

Tier One: For curriculum-based arts education or arts integration professional development with a minimum of two, one-day intensive professional development workshops or institutes, but the days do not need to be consecutive. The subsequent workshop must be a continuation of the first workshop to deepen or extend learning by participants. Additionally, the majority of participants should attend both one-day workshops.

Tier One Requirements:

  • Professional development trainees should include classroom teachers, arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, teaching artists, principals, and/or administrators.
  • Training must be participatory and hands-on but not limited to “make it and take it” workshops.
  • Projects must have a strong instructional component that includes collaborative planning and lesson plan development and implementation in curriculum-based arts education or arts integration instruction. The instructional component should detail the content of the project: how subject matter will be taught and reinforced, the goals of the project, collaborative lesson planning, hands-on activities, etc. When linking content to state and/or national standards, do not simply list the standards. Explain how the standards will be incorporated as part of the instruction and how they relate to the project outcomes being evaluated.
  • Clinicians must be highly trained and recognized professionals in the field of arts integration and/or education. Applicants may be asked to provide resumes of clinicians.
  • Include a method of evaluation that effectively measures the professional development activity. Applicant organizations seeking to train teachers are expected to demonstrate a thorough and effective evaluation plan for the proposed project. Evaluations should effectively measure the goals and objectives of professional development activity. Recently funded continuing projects must demonstrate to what extent outcomes were met.
Tier Two: For curriculum-based arts education or arts integration professional development. Training session must extend over a minimum of 4 consecutive days. Workshop series (2 or more) are eligible only if each workshop in the series is a minimum of 2 consecutive days serving a minimum of 50 educators at each workshop.

Tier Two Requirements:

  • Training must be for teams of educators (minimum 2 from each school) and be inclusive of any combination of classroom teachers, arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, teaching artists, principals, and/or administrators.
  • Institutes for professional development training must be based on national models.
  • Include a Monitoring Plan – The Commission is interested in programs that provide ongoing assistance and communication with educators after the training activity. Provide a brief explanation (limit one page) of how the applicant organization will provide assistance and communication after the project concludes.

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


  • Applicants must be one of the following:
    • nonprofit arts organizations (See Glossary to define arts organizations)
    • arts councils
    • public or private (with 501(c)3 status) schools or school districts
    • institutions of higher learning
  • First-time applicants should contact Director of Arts Education to discuss eligibility prior to applying.
  • 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. Each grantee is required to sign a contract certifying to the best of the organization’s 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. DUNS information and application instructions can be found here.
  • Affirmative Duty to Report Major Organizational Change - Any grantee shall promptly notify the State in writing of any significant changes in the organization’s structure, leadership or financial circumstances that could affect services provided under the grant contract resulting from this application.


  • Lecture-oriented workshops, clinics, or conferences with minimal immersion activities will not be funded under this category.
  • Ineligible uses of funding include:
    • Projects that are primarily lecture-oriented
    • Substitute teachers and/or release time
    • Participant stipends
    • Permanent staff of an organization
    • Incentives for participation including cash awards
    • Projects designed primarily as performances, demonstrations, or exhibits with limited hands-on participation
    • Field trips
    • Competitions and/or tours in which participants 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
    • Scholarships or competitions
    • Food
    • Grant writing fees
    • Non-classical art forms including, but not limited to, projects involving 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 the Commission for details)

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