Applications due Oct. 26
Vanderbilt University may submit 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 $1,000 to $18,000 for non-arts organizations and arts organizations and entities of local government. The requested grant amount must be matched dollar for dollar, in cash. A letter of support must be submitted with the internal application ensuring this matching, if awarded.
- Rural Arts Project Support: Funds awarded to a single organization in these categories range from $1,000 to $25,000 for non-arts organizations and arts organizations. The RAPS program will not require a match during the FY25 grants cycle.
For either APS or RAPS projects, a project may start no earlier than July 1, 2024, and must end no later than June 15, 2025.
Internal application instructions
Interested faculty should visit https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1918622 to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Oct. 26, 2023.
Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.