TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund

From Anne B. Pope, Executive Director – 

The Tennessee Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund has been approved by Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) for $80 million over three years from the State of Tennessee’s $3.725 billion under the American Rescue Plan for grants to address severe COVID-related economic harm to Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture sector.  Grants will provide immediate support to address severe COVID-related economic harm to TN’s nonprofit arts and culture sector. 

Each proposal included in the Tennessee Resiliency Plan has been the result of a collaborative effort between state agencies and the FSAG, and all proposals have been vetted for eligibility, effective project management, and long-term fiscal impact on the state of Tennessee. The TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund was presented to Tennessee’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) for consideration of funding by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Following a public comment period, the TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund proposal was approved as part of the first portion of spending for urgent Tennessee needs and opportunities including:  

  1. Sewer, Water, and Broadband Infrastructure initiatives; capital investments to improve the resiliency of state and local public health systems; 
  2. continuation of the state’s Hospital Staffing Assistance program; and 
  3. immediate support to Tourism, Agriculture, and Arts and Culture Industries.  

Please read the TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund grant guidelines for eligibility requirements and how to apply. If after reviewing the guidelines, you still have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants,   

Approval of the Tennessee Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund by Governor Lee, the State of Tennessee, and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group represents a historically significant investment in Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture sector—a sector hit hard by the pandemic. A thriving nonprofit arts and culture sector benefits Tennessee’s economy, quality of life, and can help accelerate the state’s overall recovery from the pandemic. The Tennessee Nonprofit Arts and Culture Recovery Fund will support arts organizations that have experienced significant pandemic losses to help contribute to Tennessee’s economy and quality of life moving forward.