NASHVILLE – Anne Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will be among a host of speakers at State Senator Ken Yager’s (R-Kingston) upcoming Grants Conference.  Pope and other key officials from various departments and agencies of the state and federal government will offer expert advice to participants regarding how to submit a competitive application.  The Arts Commission awards approximately $6.5 million in grants each year to eligible applicants which include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; individuals; and entities of local governments like libraries, public schools, and municipalities.

“We have so many fabulous art organizations, libraries and schools in our district that could greatly benefit from these grants,” said Sen. Yager.  “These arts funds have a direct positive impact on our communities, enhancing and preserving our distinctive culture.  I want to see more of these grants awarded locally.”

In addition, the conference will feature a session on how to help participants tap into broadband grants which are available in Tennessee.

The Grants Conference is set for Wednesday, September 18 at Roane State Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST.  It is free of charge but participants must register by email at<>.  Yager said there is limited space and that registration will be closing on Monday, September 16.

“The goal of this conference is to never let a grant opportunity pass by without local governments, community groups and nonprofits knowing how to tap into it,” Yager added.  “This conference is filling up fast with limited space.  I would urge all who want to attend to register immediately.”