Arts in Action Rapid Response Fund


*You do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to apply

Available for a limited time (June-August 2017), the Acts in Action Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the work of urgent campaigns raising the volume on issues of affordable housing and homelessness crisis in the Greater Nashville area through the creative and visual arts.

Through this fund, we can quickly direct resources towards pressing issues without endless red tape or reporting requirements. We launched this fund because powerful movements need the ability to respond to and heal from immediate threats and opportunities with flexible and responsive funding opportunities.

The fund will accept of proposals of up to $500 until August 2nd, 2017 or until the fund is depleted. Most awards will fall within the $150-$250 range.

The details:

●     Applications are due weekly by Monday at 11:59pm. Applications not submitted by that time will be considered in the following week's round of proposals. 

●      Proposals are evaluated on a weekly basis each Wednesday beginning on May 31st through August 2nd, 2017. Quicker decisions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Application materials need to be submitted by midnight on Monday to be considered for funding that week.

●      Groups will be notified within one week after the deadline and checks will be mailed within one week of receipt of countersigned agreement.

●      Awards can be made up to $250 per organization or group applying.

●      Groups working in coalitions may have an anchor group to apply for a larger award (up to $250 per organization) or each group can apply separately. For example, if a joint application is submitted by two organizations, you can request up to $500. The maximum amount a coalition or joint application can request is $1,000 for a partnership of three or more groups.


Arts in Action  Fund Criteria


1.    Be based in the Greater Nashville area: By our definition the Greater Nashville area includes the following Tennessee counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Sumner, and Robertson.

2.     Focused on the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Crisis: Your project specifically addresses the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Nashville.

3.     Community Leadership & Accountability: Organizations are led by the communities they serve and are responsive and accountable to those communities.

4.     Timely, Urgent, & Strategic: The event or situation you are responding to was unanticipated and requires urgent action that is well thought out with clear goals and desired outcomes.



Examples of what we may fund:

●      Urgent community organizing or direct actions that infuse the arts

●      Artistic responses to unanticipated legislative or ballot initiative campaigns

●      Healing / healing justice events or campaigns that incorporate the arts-based healing modalities

●      Leadership training on cultural organizing strategies

●      Materials for signs, banners, and other creative expressions at public marches or rallies

●      Performances at town hall events or public forums


Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday of each week to be considered.

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