TAC Rural Arts Project Support

Tennessee Arts Commission

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

Grant amount: Up to US $18,000

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation Rural Development Public / Community Art Folk/ Traditional Art Performing Arts Visual Arts Writing & Literature Design Media Arts Dance Music Theater Art Festivals Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Tennessee: Bedford County, Benton County, Bledsoe County, Campbell County, Cannon County Show all

Location of residency: Tennessee


Rural Arts Project Support

Support for arts projects and activities across all disciplines that focus on community vitality and engagement in rural counties.

Appropriate Activities

Proposed arts projects must involve one or more Commission recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts. The following are example activities and expenditures that are consistent with the funding philosophy Rural Arts Project Support:

  • Projects that involve and promote professional artists, especially Tennessee artists
  • Visiting artists conducting master classes
  • Specific aspects of workshops, festivals, and conferences
  • Public performances, productions, and exhibitions produced by the applicant
  • Exhibitions of art by professional and folk artists, especially Tennessee artists
  • Projects involving and promoting folk and traditional artists
  • Promotion, publicity, and newsletters
  • Administrative and artistic staff support
  • Research and documentation as part of an arts project or program development
  • Consultancies and residencies for administrative and artistic activities
  • The development of long-range planning documents
  • Improved program accessibility for underserved constituencies, e.g. children, people living in rural communities or isolated settings, people with living with disabilities, people of color, and senior citizens
  • Art in public places
  • Extensions of literary projects, journals with continuing publication, or juried anthologies
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer software/training
  • Technical/production support
  • Technical assistance projects
  • Touring/presenting projects that bring professional and/or traditional folk performers to communities across the state

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


  • Applicant organizations must be chartered in Tennessee. National or regional 501(c)3 organizations, chartered and headquartered in Tennessee, and serving as an umbrella organization applying for funds for another group are restricted to one application only per fiscal year (see below).
  • Eligible Applicants
    • 501(c)3 Nonprofit organizations legally chartered & headquartered in Tennessee
    • Entities of Local Government within Tennessee


  • K-12 schools are not eligible under this category. Arts education-based projects, especially those primarily serving youth, must be submitted in one of the four Arts Education grant categories.
  • Ineligible uses of funding include:
    • Insurance premiums
    • Endowments
    • Office space rental
    • Janitorial service and general physical plant maintenance
    • Food and hospitality
    • Permanent equipment purchases
    • Scholarships
    • Payment of accumulated deficits
    • Capital improvements
    • Vanity publications
    • Out-of-state travel
    • Scholarly arts-related research and writing
    • Cash awards
    • Purchase of local public art
    • Legal fees
    • Planned fundraising activities
    • Events to which the general public is not invited
    • Payments to members of the organization’s board
    • Payments to an employee or official of the State of Tennessee (exceptions exist – contact TAC for details)

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