Community Cultural Connections Guidelines

Community Cultural Connections
Grant Guidelines
Community Cultural Connections grant program strives to make arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations in Hamilton County, Tennessee: geographic, ethnic, age, and individuals with disabilities.
The Community Cultural Connections grants are available to community organizations, government entities, neighborhood associations, ethnic/cultural organizations, emerging arts organizations and faith-based organizations. These organizations do not need to have 501(c)(3)status.
For Community Cultural Connections grant questions, information and consultation contact:
Miriam Manda, Manager of Grants & Community Engagement 
(423) 777-4214
For application technical support contact:
Sara Lee Tolbert, Office Manager Administrative Assistant
General Description
The goals of the program are to:
  • Provide arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences.
  • Broaden the types of arts and cultural offerings supported by the community, including established and emerging arts organizations.
  • Use arts and culture to strengthen community unity.
  • Demonstrate the positive economic impact of arts and culture.
Grants will be funded up to $2,000.
Groups or organizations must provide funding and/or in-kind donated services for the grant project.
Past CCC grant recipients may apply if their grant project demonstrates growth.
Application deadline: There is a rolling deadline meaning that applications are accepted at any time, as long as funds are available, with a response within 2-months of submittal. ArtsBuild will contact you to schedule a site visit.
Who can apply?
Government Entities
  • Cities and Towns in Hamilton County, Tennessee
  • Parks and Recreation Centers
  • Other Governmental Departments
Neighborhood Associations
Community Organizations
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Service Clubs
Ethnic/Cultural Organizations and Clubs
Emerging Arts Organizations or Groups
  • Annual budget is less than $25,000
  • Mission includes providing programing for underserved populations and/or enhances our community by diversifying arts and culture opportunities (within the disciplines of dance, folk art, media, music, theatre and visual arts) in Hamilton County.
  • This group may be a program within a non-arts organization.
Faith-based Organizations
  • Activities must be secular in nature and open to general public.
  • Faith-based organization groups or clubs serving underserved populations
Who may not apply?
  • ArtsBuild’s Mission Support grant recipients
  • Schools (public, private, home school groups)
  • PTA groups
  • Organizations and groups based outside of Hamilton County, Tennessee
Grant Projects
  • Type of arts and cultural offerings funded may include, but are not limited to:
  • Festival performances and exhibits
  • Special performances and exhibits by residents
  • Special performances and exhibits by performing arts and visual arts groups
  • One day workshops
  • Art/Cultural classes
  • Trips to local cultural resources
  • Note: Cultural offerings must be within the disciplines of dance, folk art, literature, media, music, theatre, or visual arts.
  • Funding may be used for:
  • Artist/arts organization fees
  • Supplies/small equipment
  • Transportation
  • Rental fees
  • Marketing
  • Documentation
  • Assessment tools
  • Project Director fees (no more than 10% of total project)
  • Funding may not be used for:
  • Permanent positions of an organization
  • Capital improvements (buildings or construction)
  • Major equipment purchases
  • “Seed money” for starting new organizations
  • School projects
  • Fundraisers
  • Additional Project Information
  • All project activities funded through this program must be open to the general public
  • All artists engaged in projects must be approved by ArtsBuild.
  • Participant and audience numbers must be tracked.
  • Project expected outcomes must be stated and assessed.
  • Project must be documented.
  • Project must include publicity that recognizes ArtsBuild and the Community Cultural Connections grant program.
Application Information and Tips
Page One
  • 501 (c)(3) Status. It is not a requirement for the grant, but please check the appropriate box for our records.
  • Organizations or Groups must have established a bank account. All grant recipients must submit a w-9 to receive grant funds.
  • Project contact would be the person responsible for implementing the project and the main contact with ArtsBuild.
  • Authorized Signature would be the person, such a Chairperson, who is authorized to approve the expenses and implementation of the project on behalf of the group or organization. The Project Contact and the Authorized Signature may be the same person.
Project Information
  • Please attach a brief bio or brochure for each artist or arts organization participating in the project. All artists and arts organizations participating in the grant must be approved by ArtsBuild.
Group or Organization Profile
  • Provide a description of your group or organization. Briefly explain the purpose or focus of your group. Demographic information about your constituents would be helpful. Describe or list the types of arts programs that the group has implemented in the past.
Artistic Quality, Merit and Integrity
  • The project should provide high quality arts experiences for the participants.
  • Describe your vision for the project.
  • List a general time line for the total project.
  • Describe how the grant funds would be used in general categories as well as how your organization will support the project. This narrative should correspond with information on the Project Budget page.
Project Impact
  • What do you think will happen as a result of this project? What are the benefits to the participants and your group?
  • We ask that applicants use our program maps to help develop the community engagement and outreach for your project or to inform the location of your project. If you have not used the maps, please explain how your project is expanding access to the arts for new audiences or under-resourced communities?
Project Management
  • This narrative should demonstrate that your organization has the capacity to implement a successful project.
  • Planning is an important part of the project. Make note if there is a committee involved in the planning.
  • List or describe marketing efforts. How do you reach your constituents? How will you let the general public know about your project? Documentation tells the story about the process of the project. Measuring success is an assessment of how your outcomes were met. Assessment could be surveys or interviews with the participants. The assessment should quantify your success as much as possible.
Project Budget - Income
  • Your organization must provide support for the project.
  • Use your best estimate of the value of time, facility usage, supplies, etc. that your organization would provide the project.
  • Other could include donations, sponsorships or other grants for the project.
Project Budget – Expenses
  • Be sure the expenses correspond with the narrative in your project description.
Grant Evaluation Criteria
1. Project provides high quality arts and culture experiences for the participants. (20 points)
2. Group or organization demonstrates capacity to implement the project. (20 points)
3. Planning process is in place and has set a reasonable timetable to implement the project. (10 points)
4. The budget is reasonable to implement the project. (10 points)
5. The outcomes for the project are clearly stated and attainable. (10 points)
6. The project is consistent with the mission or purpose of the group or organization. (10 points)
7. The communication tools with constituents and general public are in place. (10 points)
8. Plans for documentation and assessment strategies are adequately addressed. (10 points)
We are here to help! Please contact Miriam Manda at ArtsBuild, (423) 756-2787, with any questions about the CCC grant.

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