The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state’s arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of Tennesseans and their communities. Each year, the Commission helps fund the arts and cultural activities for more than 700 organizations, schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists in Tennessee.

Over the past six years, more than 6,540 grants totaling more than $30 million have been invested in arts and cultural activities across all 95 counties — benefitting communities through quality of life, economic development, tourism and providing a more balanced education for our children.

An organization is eligible to apply for funding of its arts activities if the organization is legally chartered in Tennessee and has its headquarters and home season, or activities equivalent to a home season for non-producing organizations, in 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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