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Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council invites Organizations to Apply for ABC Grants


Free Virtual Grant Workshop to be held on April 20th

Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council (AHDC) invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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ABC grants provide support for art projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. Arts disciplines covered by this grant program include dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ellen Kanervo, executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, will host a virtual grant workshop on Tuesday, April 20th, at 4:00pm. Interested potential applicants should email to receive a link for the Zoom session, which will detail information about the grant and how to apply.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and local entities of government in Cheatham County, Dickson County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Montgomery County, Robertson County, and Stewart County are eligible to request a maximum of $3,500 for art projects taking place between August 16th, 2021, and June 15th, 2022. ABC grant requests must be matched dollar-for-dollar with project-related cash expenses and income. Any organization awarded Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2022 is not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CT on July 1st through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s online grant system. Applicants accessing the Online Grants System for the first time must register their organizations and create an organizational profile. Guidelines are available at Faxed, mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel and discussed at an open panel review meeting on Friday, July 30th, at 10:00am, conducted remotely via conference call. A representative from the applying organization is strongly encouraged to participate 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 Dr. Ellen Kanervo, executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, at


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