FY 2022 JAC Grant
Grant Program Guidelines
A program funded by the City of Jackson and Jackson Arts Council donors and administered by the Jackson Arts Council.
The mission of the Jackson Arts Council is to “Connect and Strengthen the Arts.” The Council is committed to strengthening and expanding arts organizations in our community and to developing financial means to support arts organizations and the arts in our community.
The Jackson Arts Council JAC Grants provide funds for a variety of quality arts projects. Funds awarded to a single organization whose mission statement is solely arts focused range from $500 to $5,000. Applications must contain a clear, single-project focus. Grant funds in this category must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Only one grant application may be submitted per applicant. Other nonprofit organizations may request $500 to $2,500 for support of an arts project.
Applications must be submitted online by 4:00 P.M., April 28, 2021. Funded projects may begin on July 1, 2021, and must be completed by June 1, 2022.
Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding assistance for projects. An organization is eligible to apply for project specific funding support of its arts activities if:
The following are examples of single-project focused activities and expenditures that are consistent with the funding philosophy for JAC Grants:
The following are examples of activities and expenditures not fundable through JAC Grants:
The JAC Grant requires at least a one-to-one dollar match, meaning the applicant must cover at least half of the cost of the project. In-kind contributions cannot be used for the match requirement.
All Jackson Arts Council programs, services, and facilities are fully accessible to all Jackson/Madison County artists and citizens.
No person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by the Jackson Arts Council and its contracting agencies.
All JAC Grantees must showcase collective impact through community partnerships.
GRANTS REVIEW PROCESS
Your JAC Grant application will be reviewed by a Grants Review Panel. While not required, your attendance at the panel review meeting is strongly encouraged. Panelists may wish to direct specific questions to you regarding your project.
The advisory panel reviewing JAC Grant applications use the following criteria on a 100-point scale:
Complete the Online JAC Grant Application Form
A link to the Application Form is available on the JAC website: jacksonartscouncil.tn.org/grant-programs.
All fields are required. When completing each field refer to the scoring rubrics listed above. Your answers to the questions contained in the application are your opportunity to communicate to the reviewers why your project should be funded, so be complete and be specific in your answers.
Please, download the spreadsheet (JAC Grant Project Budget Form FY22). Enter your complete project budget for both total expenses and total income. The Applicant Cash Match column MUST be equal to or greater than the JAC Grant Funds column. When you have completed the form, save it and upload it to the Project Budget section of the application.
Following the Project Budget field is a text box for specific and detailed explanations for each line item of the budget.
The final section allows you to upload pdf files of certain required documents. The following documents are required: 1) One-paragraph bio of key staff, including the project director, 2) List of Board of Directors, 3) Job Descriptions for Board Members, 4) Letter of Support, 5) Your organization’s Budget for the year in which the proposed project will take place (Income and Expense), 6) Audit Report or IRS Form 990 from most recent fiscal year, and 7) Documentation of advocacy efforts.
Arts advocacy is not arts programming. Advocacy is not marketing or P.R. Advocacy is actively pleading the value of public arts to elected officials. This documentation may include photos of elected officials at your events, thank you notes to elected officials for funding provided, evidence that your organization and/or board members are members of Tennesseans for the Arts, evidence that your organization promotes the sale of specialty license plates, photos of your group attending Arts Advocacy Day, or evidence that your board members attended City Council or County Commission meetings when JAC was scheduled to be on the agenda.
Your Online Grant Application May Be Edited
When you have completed the online form, click on the "Submit" button. You will see a message indicating that your response has been recorded and a link to "Edit your response." Right-click on the link and click on "Save link as..." This will allow you to save the link to your form to your computer's hard-drive. To return to your application form for editing, simply click on that saved link. Once you have made your revisions, you must click the "Submit" button again. SAVE THE LINK AGAIN. The original link will take you back to the unedited version. You should receive an email at the email address you submitted in the application. The email will contain a copy of your application responses as well as a link to edit those responses.
Logo & Marketing
If selected for a grant award, your organization will be requested to be represented at Arts Coalition Events in FY22. This includes attendance and marketing support. Grantees also agree to use Jackson Arts Council’s name and/or logo on all publicity associated with the funded project including all advertising, billboards, yard signs, posters, online posts, and program booklets.
Additional Required Documents
If you are a first-time applicant, JAC is required to have on-file a copy of 1) Your organization’s Charter of Incorporation, 2) IRS Letter of Determination stating that your organization is a 501(c)(3) organization, and 3) Constitution and By-Laws. We will notify you, and the required documents may be submitted via email.