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The Rose Center Council for the Arts Seeks Proposals for Arts Build Communities Grants


Rose Center & Council for the Arts is seeking Arts Build Communities grant proposals for art projects from any qualifying non-profit 501(c)(3), educational institutions, or civic entities located within the following five East Tennessee counties: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson. The application deadline is July 1, 2021.


The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. ABC funds may be used to: 

  • provide innovative arts experiences that are new or unfamiliar to community residents; 

  • offer arts programs that are designed to help affect positive change in community social issues; 

  • develop arts programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement;

  • undertake cultural arts initiatives that enhance a community’s identity and/or economic development; and 

  • offer training that helps experienced or emerging artists/arts administrators develop entrepreneurial skills or innovative strategies for building sustainability.


The proposed project must take place and grants funds must be used between August 16, 2021 and June 15, 2022.  Funds awarded to a single organization in this category range from $500 to $3,500. Grant funds in this category must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Funding for these grants comes from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the sale of Tennessee Specialty License Plates.


Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 11:59 PM (CT) on July 1st, 2021. In order to facilitate the process, the Tennessee Arts Commission has posted an online workshop for potential applicants that will walk you through the process. The workshop materials and all instructions may be accessed via their website, by clicking here. Rose Center will also host an online workshop at 3:30pm, Tuesday, May 12. Please contact director@rosecenter.org in advance for link.


An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of its arts activities if the organization meets either one of the following qualifications: The organization 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. Private educational institutions must be a nonprofit and meet these tax-exempt requirements, or the organization is an entity of government (such as city/county government departments, public libraries, public schools, etc.)


In addition, colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the State and are designed to involve a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or are oriented primarily to collegiate students and the academic community are not eligible.  


 Rose Center is one of thirteen designated agencies that administer the ABC program statewide on behalf of the Tennessee Arts Commission. Designated agencies are trained to assist ABC applicants with identifying eligible activities, provide feedback on draft applications, administer local grant review panels, and help grant recipients track the success of funded activities.  There will be an ABC Grant Applications Panel Meeting on Tuesday, August 10th at 1:00 PM.  Applicants are not required, but strongly encouraged to attend.  NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, panel meetings may be held virtually or in some other format to observe social distancing requirements.  Please check back for more information. 

About the Rose Center Council for the Arts

Rose Center, located in Morristown, develops, promotes, and sustains the creative arts and artists in the Lakeway Area.  By bringing together individuals and groups that pursue visual and performing arts, historical, and cultural endeavors, Rose Center encourages an enthusiastic environment where the arts and a creative economy can flourish.  In addition, Rose Center maintains the historic 1892 Rose School as a gallery, museum, and gathering place for the Lakeway Area, with exhibits, concerts, classes, events, and more. Rose Center receives financial support from Tennessee Arts Commission. Questions about Rose Center or the ABC grant process can be directed to Beccy Hamm at 423-581-4330 or director@rosecenter.org.  

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