Funds awarded under this program are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant category offers direct support for arts organizations which focus on increasing access to underserved and underrepresented people which may include ethnic groups*, people with disabilities, and people age 65 years and older.
*Ethnic groups are defined as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or other groups that constitute less than the state’s current majority population.
Funding will depend upon an organization’s rating in the review process and upon the total amount of funds available to the Commission for grant allocation. This grant category is competitive. Proposed projects or programming must involve one or more Tennessee Arts Commission recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts.
Arts Access applicants may also apply for an Arts Build Communities, Arts Project Support, Rural Arts Project Support, Partnership Support, Cultural Education Partnership, or Major Cultural Institution grant. If eligible, an organization may also submit applications in the Arts Education categories.
Arts education-based projects, especially those primarily serving youth, must be submitted in one of the four Arts Education grant categories.