Reminder: All Annual Grant Applications Are Due in January

From Hal Partlow –

All Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Grant applications are due in January. See the schedule below for application deadlines for each Annual Grant category. Remember that Tennessee Arts Commission grants are competitive. Successful applications are clear and thorough, demonstrate artistic excellence and value to the community served with outlined, identifiable goals and measurable outcomes. Applicants should start early. Commission program directors are available to assist with the application process and provide feedback on draft proposals in advance of deadlines.

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and local entities of government, including public schools and libraries that have never applied for a grant are encouraged to contact staff to discuss if the organization or art project is eligible to apply. New applicants should register in the Online Grant System to prepare for completing an application. Visit the Grant Opportunities page and filter for “open” to see if a grant opportunity is right for your organization.

Once an application is submitted online, a program director will be assigned the application based on the artistic discipline of the project or the type of grant. The designated staff member will review the application for eligibility and completeness. If there are any questions or if the application is incomplete, applicants will receive a request to submit the missing information. The designated program director must be notified of any project changes that occur after the application is submitted.

FY2021 Annual Grant Deadlines

Monday, January 13, 2020: Operating Support Application Deadline

  • Small Rural Partnership Support
  • Small Urban Partnership Support
  • Partnership Support
  • Cultural Education Partnership
  • Major Cultural Institution applications

Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Project Support Application Deadline

  • Arts Access
  • Arts Project Support
  • Rural Arts Project Support
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Arts Education Community Learning
  • Funds for At-Risk Youth
  • Arts Education Teacher Training
  • Arts360

Monday, January 27, 2020: Individual Artist Fellowship Deadline

Accepted categories for FY 2021:

  • Visual Art: Three-Dimensional Work
  • Craft
  • Media: Film or Photography
  • Dance: Solo Dance Performance or Choreography
  • Music: Solo Instrumental Performance or Solo Vocal Performance
  • Theater: Acting or Directing
  • Literary Arts: Fiction, Children’s / Young Adult Literature, or Poetry