FY2022 Grants Applications are Open

From Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants –

The Commission has opened applications for FY2022 Annual Grants. Annual Grants support an array of arts activities and projects, including some virtual offerings, by arts organizations, nonprofits, local governments, and schools in communities across Tennessee. Before completing an application, it is strongly recommended that you first read the grant guidelines, which you can find on the individual grant pages located under Grant Opportunities.

Last year, the Commission introduced two new operating support grant opportunities for small arts organizations that allow for use of less restrictive funds, and help build capacity and develop leadership potential. Small Rural Partnership Support and Small Urban Partnership Support are open to approved arts organizations that exist in either a rural or an urban county (see guidelines for county list).

These grants were developed to offer unrestricted operating support to those organizations that historically apply in a Project Support category but lacked some of the necessities to move up into the Partnership Support category, notably the annual financial audit and full-time employee requirements.

FY2022 Grant Applications have the following deadlines:

  • Monday, January 11, 2021
    Application Deadline for Major Cultural Institution, Partnership Support, Small Rural Partnership Support, Small Urban Partnership Support
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    Application Deadline for Arts Access, Arts Project Support, Rural Arts Project Support, Arts Education Community Learning, Arts Education Teacher Training, Funds for At-Risk Youth, Creative Placemaking
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
    Application Deadline for Individual Artist Fellowship

Applications are accepted through the Commission’s online grant system. If you do not have an account, you can learn about how to register here. ( As registration may take between 1-7 days to be approved, it is important that you register prior to any grant application opening or deadline to avoid missing a potential funding opportunity.

Most Annual Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis by advisory panels that will convene in March and April 2021, by artistic disciplines, service area, or category. More information is located under the Application Review Process.