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Tennessee Arts Commission Now Accepting Applications for FY17 Annual Grants

Nashville—The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Annual Grants through January 2016 for projects and activities that occur between July 1, 2016 and June 17, 2017. Grants are announced in July 2016 after extensive paneled reviews.

Annual Grants provide funds for: a variety of arts education projects, such as professional development for teachers, arts education in communities and programming for children in grades PK-12; operating support for well-established arts organizations; and project support in urban and rural counties.

In fiscal year 2016, the Commission awarded 311 Annual Grants, investing $3,925,710 in Tennessee communities to help fund arts and cultural activities for schools, local governments, nonprofits and artists.

“These investments support and encourage sustainable communities built through the arts in both urban and rural areas,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, “the funded projects help improve quality of life, drive economic development and tourism, and help provide a more balanced education for our children.”

For more information about grant eligibility, contact Associate Director of Grants Hal Partlow,, or visit