Each year, the Commission helps fund the arts  and cultural activities for more than 600 organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee. Over the past five years, more than 6,450 grants totaling more than $30 million have been invested in communities across Tennessee.

The Tennessee Arts Commission offers a variety of distinct funding opportunities in the arts to serve diverse constituencies. Those who may apply include:

  • Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations or governmental organizations including units of government, schools, colleges, and universities.

Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the state, and are designed to involve community input during planning and a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible.

Organizations whose projects primarily serve K-12 students are eligible to apply for Arts Education grants.

  • Professional individual artists, arts administrators and educators.

In some instances, individuals who are enrolled at the time of application and will be enrolled during the grant period in an academic or degree-granting program are not eligible.

The Commission holds grant workshops in each grant division each year. An Online Grant workshop is available here.  

The Tennessee Arts Commission reserves the right to deny any application or withhold funding in whole or in part, if the applicant organization programming and activities are outside of the scope or spirit of the Commission’s mission, purpose, or this grant program.

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