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Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council invites Organizations to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council

Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The 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.

Free workshops to be held at Customs House Museum in Clarksville on April 10th and April 17th.
Arts, Free workshops to be held at Customs House Museum in Clarksville on April 10th and April 17th.

Free grant workshops and information sessions for interested applicants will be held at the Customs House Museum (200 South Second Street) in Clarksville on Wednesday, April 10th, and Wednesday, April 17th, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

While attendance at the workshops is not mandatory, all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500.00 to $2,500.

Eligible organizations in Cheatham County, Dickson County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Montgomery County, Robertson County and Stewart County 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 16th, 2019, and June 15th, 2020. Any organization awarded Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2020 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 July 1. Applicants accessing the new Online Grants System for the first time must register their organizations and create an organizational profile. Guidelines are available at www.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 2nd, at the Customs House Museum (200 South 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.

For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council, at 931.551.8870 or

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