Grants Cycle

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  3. Review
  4. Manage

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
  • Individuals

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.



Commission programs include arts access, arts education, community arts development, folklife, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts/craft/media/design.

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Latest Grants News

Grants News

FY23 Creative Aging TN II Grant application is open as of June 1, 2022 for projects occurring July 1, 2022-August 15, 2022.

FY23 Arts Access Mini-Grant application is open as of June 1, 2022 and is distributed first-come, first-served with a rolling deadline.

FY23 Special Opportunities: Arts Resilience Grant application opens July 1, 2022.

FY23 Special Opportunities: Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 application open July 1, 2022.

FY23 Student Ticket Subsidy Grant application opens August 16, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time and is available for TN public schools in all 95 counties.