Activism in the Arts Mini-Grant


*You do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to apply
The Activism in the Arts Mini-Grant is a pilot program of Faith Matters Network for the Summer of 2017 designed to support the ongoing work of local arts-based activism and cultural organizing in the Nashville area that amplifies the most pressing social justice issues within our community. 

This year’s theme, “The Soul of the City” seeks to highlight the ongoing affordable housing and homeless crisis in the Greater Nashville area. New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Nashville metro statistical area added 36,337 people during the one-year stretch that ended July 1, 2016, meaning the region grew by an average of 100 people a day over those 12 months. Yet Nashville’s rising tide is not lifting all boats. Many long time residents of our community are being pushed out of their family homes with the rising cost of living with a limited amount of funds being allocated to helping them stay where in their neighborhoods. In the midst of this emergency, the Soul of the City--that spirit and history that made Nashville the vibrant racially and socio-economically diverse community  is slowly slipping away.

This summer the Activism in the Arts Mini-Grant we will support ongoing and new public art projects that highlight the real human impact of the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. We are seeking to projects from collaboratives, individuals, and groups with deep roots in the greater Nashville area who will highlight the physical, emotional, spiritual, and communal toll these issues is having on our community. 


Arts in Action  Fund Criteria

Three awards of $1,500 will be given to projects that meet the following requirements. The deadline for applications is June 16th, 2017 and awards will be announced on June 23, 2017:

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: Projects are led by the communities they serve and are responsive and accountable to those communities. Your project must include community engagement strategy that centers the voices of those directly impacted by the issues of affordable housing and/or homelessness. 
4. Participation in a Public Event at the end of August 2017 highlighting the work of awardees: Date and Location TBA. 

Examples of what we may fund:

  • An oral history project that captures the stories of Nashville neighborhoods experiencing gentrification and/or displacement through interviews with long time residents
  • A community mural that depicts the stories of a particular neighborhood
  • A community concert in a neighborhood experiencing displacement that highlights the work of local musicians and activist working on these issues 



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