Grants Cycle

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  2. Apply
  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

FY24 Annual Grant Award notifications sent June 1, 2023.

FY24 Annual Grant Revised Budgets due June 15, 2023.

FY24 Annual Grant signed contracts due June 30, 2023.

FY24 Arts Access Mini-Grant and Touring applications open as of June 15, 2023 and distributed first-come, first-served.

FY24 Special Opportunities: Arts Resilience Grant application opens August 15, 2023.

FY24 Student Ticket Subsidy Grant application opens August 15, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time and is available for TN public schools in all 95 counties.