TNArtsThe Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities grant.

Arts Build Communities is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission through Specialty License Program sales and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission. ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street) in Clarksville on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. While attendance at the workshop is not mandatory, all applicants (including past grant recipients) are strongly encouraged to attend, as a number of changes have been made to this year’s application process, most notably with the introduction of a new online grant system.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,500.

Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds. In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project. In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2017, and June 15, 2018. Any organization awarded Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2018 is not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s new Online Grants System by 11:59pm (CST) on June 30. Applicants accessing the new Online Grants System for the first time (including organizations who applied for an ABC FY2017 grant through the old eGrant system) must register their organizations and create an organizational profile. Guidelines are available at http://tnartscommission.org/grants/arts-build-communities-grant-2/view-abc-grant-guidelines. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 10:00am on Friday, August 4, at the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-August.

All events sponsored in part or entirely with ABC funds must be open to the general public. Community involvement is an important component in the planning and implementation of ABC projects. Since ABC awards are not restricted to arts organizations, this grant program brings the arts to a larger segment of the community through arts projects at public schools, libraries and other service organizations.