ABC Applications Open April 1, No Joke

Artist Michael Colley poses in front of his Muletown mural in Columbia.

From Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development –

Starting at 8:00 a.m. CT on April 1, 2019, the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program will begin accepting applications through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s online grant system.

ABC grants provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprise. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations legally chartered in Tennessee and local entities of government are eligible to request a maximum of $2500 for arts projects taking place between August 16, 2019, and June 15, 2020. ABC grant requests must be matched dollar-for-dollar with project-related cash expenses and income. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on July 1, 2019. For a complete description of the grant program and eligibility requirements, read the ABC Grant Guidelines.

Thirteen designated agencies partner with the Commission to award and administer grants in their service areas. All designated agencies will lead grants workshops this spring to guide prospective applicants through the ABC program requirements, application process, and grant procedures. At each grants workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss potential projects with designated agency staff. Visit the ABC Grants Workshop Schedule for the dates, times, and locations of all the workshops.

ABC grant applications submitted by the July 1 deadline will be reviewed by panels comprised of the local arts community. Visit the ABC Panel Schedule for the dates, times, and locations of every review meeting.

During FY2018, $292,000 in ABC grants attracted additional investment of $2.016 million. ABC activities engaged 448,554 people, including 152,000 youth, and project-related donations of goods and services were valued at $1.143 million.