Nashville -- Launch Tennessee, known as LaunchTN, is now accepting applications for the second round of funding through the Creative Communities Initiatives. This initiative allows organizations to apply for funding to support entrepreneurial programming targeted at rural and underrepresented communities.

The first Creative Communities funding opportunity awarded $250,000 to 13 different organizations, according to a recent news release. All selected grantees are using their awards to run entrepreneurial or workforce development programs in their respective parts of the state, it adds.

New applicants are invited to apply for funding of up to $25,000 to run programs in 2017.

Applications for the new funding period opened Sept. 1 and close Nov. 1. Interested participants can find more details, as well as the application, at launchtn.org/entrepreneurship/creative-communities.

LaunchTN will hold two telephone information sessions for interested applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 and from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 13, the news release says.

"LaunchTN will also present a symposium on Oct. 26 for rural community leaders to learn about entrepreneurial resources and discuss how to facilitate these programs within their community," it adds.

More details regarding the symposium and conference calls can be found at launchtn.org/entrepreneurship/creative-communities.

Creative Communities is a competitive application process and grantees will be selected by a review committee made up of LaunchTN staff, board members and external partners. Selections will be made and announced in December, the release says.

Additional details can be found at launchtn.org and will be updated throughout the application and review process. Questions can be directed to Brittany Burgess, LaunchTN's entrepreneur manager, at brittany@launchtn.org.

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