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The Tennessee Arts Commission offers distinct funding opportunities to cultivate the arts for all Tennesseans and their communities.
Eligible applicants include:
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, chartered & headquartered in Tennessee
- Entities of local government including libraries, public schools, municipalities
Most grant funds are awarded once-a-year, while other grants are awarded on an ongoing basis, pursuant to availability of funds.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the application process and grant cycle. Tennessee Arts Commission grants are competitive. Successful applications are clear and thorough, demonstrate value to the community served and outline identifiable goals and measurable outcomes.
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 grant program.
Latest Grants News
FY23 Annual Grant Applications due January 2021 with various deadlines. See specific grant guidelines for deadlines.
FY23 Annual Grant Applications opened November 2021 and will be panel reviewed in spring of 2022.
FY22 Special Opportunities: Covid-19 Arts Resilience Grant Application opened September 15, 2021 and is distributed first-come, first-served with a rolling deadline.
Arts Education Mini-Grant Application opened September 1, 2021 and is distributed first-come, first-served with a rolling deadline.
Student Ticket Subsidy Grant Application opened August 12, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. Funding is still available for schools in many counties.
Creative Aging TN II Grant Application opened July 1, 2021 and is distributed first-come, first-served with a rolling deadline.
Arts Access Mini-Grant Application opened June 1, 2021 and is distributed first-come, first-served with a rolling deadline.