TAC Creative Placemaking

Tennessee Arts Commission

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

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture Community Culture & Heritage Community Development & Revitalization Arts / Culture Access & Participation Public / Community Art

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Exhibitions

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee


Creative Placemaking

The Creative Placemaking (CP) grant is designed to help communities enhance the distinctive local character of Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes. Successful CP applications will demonstrate how proposed projects will materially improve the physical and social character of their neighborhoods, districts, municipalities, or regions through arts and cultural activities or assets. Funding will depend upon an application’s rating from the review process and the total amount of funds available to the Tennessee Arts Commission for grant allocation. In addition to merit ratings, the Commission seeks a diversity of project designs, locations and community settings across Tennessee for CP projects. This category is competitive.

What is Creative Placemaking?

The Commission believes that creativity is a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and invention. Many organizations, businesses and local governments collaborate to reinvest in and revitalize their communities, and the arts often represent a way to cultivate and capitalize upon creativity with lasting economic benefits.

In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities or assets. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business visibility and public safety, and brings diverse people together to build shared understanding of culture and community.

Examples of projects or activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Arts used as a catalyst to revitalize downtowns or neighborhoods
  • Development of an arts or cultural business incubator or apprenticeship program
  • Transformation of a perceived community liability into a community asset through the arts
  • Development of an activity or project that encourages greater engagement with the arts in state parks, farmer’s markets, or other natural, unique ecological or recreational assets

To increase the likelihood of success and sustainability, the Commission encourages communities to involve public, private (including nonprofit organizations) and institutional partners in the development of a CP grant proposal.

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


  • Applicants may request up to $15,000 for projects that occur in one place. Applications that involve partnerships of two or more towns, cities and/or counties can request up to $20,000.
  • Applications must clearly show a 1:4 cash or in-kind match commitment by the applicant. That is, for every $4 of Commission funding requested, the grantee must provide a minimum of $1.
  • The lead applicant is eligible to apply if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
    • The organization is an entity of local government or regional quasi-governmental entity (development district, human resource agency, etc.)
    • The applicant 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


  • Schools, colleges and universities are ineligible to serve as lead applicants, although they would be welcome as partners.
  • The following is ineligible:
    • Operating support for arts organizations or ongoing arts programming.
    • Marketing and promotional materials
    • Standard Commission funding restrictions. However, for the CP grant category only, costs for equipment, if integral to the project, are allowable
  • Arts organizations that receive revenue from a “New Specialty Earmarked Plate” under T.C.A 55-4-215 (a) (1) are ineligible for Commission grant funding.

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This page was last reviewed November 19, 2023 and last updated November 19, 2023