Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support

Vanderbilt University may submit only one application to the Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support (APS) or the Rural Arts Project Support (RAPS) programs.

APS provides support for arts projects and activities across all disciplines that focus on community vitality and engagement in urban counties. RAPS provides support for arts projects and activities across all disciplines that focus on community vitality and engagement in rural counties. Applicants may only apply to one of the two programs, not both.

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 for APS and RAPS:

  • 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 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

Award Information (note the different amounts and matching requirements)

  • Arts Project Support: Funds awarded to a single organization in these categories range from $500 to $12,000 for non-arts organizations and arts organizations and entities of local government. Arts organizations serving a statewide audience may apply for up to $14,000. The requested grant amount must be matched dollar for dollar, in cash.
  • Rural Arts Project Support: Funds awarded to a single organization in these categories range from $500 to $18,000 for non-arts organizations and arts organizations. The RAPS program will not require a match during the FY23 grants cycle.

For either APS or RAPS projects, a project may start no earlier than July 1, 2022, and must end no later than June 15, 2023.

See the APS and RAPS program pages for more information.

Internal application instructions

Interested faculty should visit https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1853922 to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Nov. 11, 2021.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

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