Grants Cycle

Click on any of the stages of the grant cycle for full details.

  1. Find
  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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Annual Grant Review Panels

The Commission is aware of the apprehensions many applicants have about traveling during the advisory panel season. Therefore, FY 2021 Advisory Panels, scheduled to begin Monday, March 23, will convene remotely, not in person. Staff will send applicants and panelists further information about how to access panels virtually. See the detailed panel schedules here.