Grant Openings

Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants Available

Up to $100,000 combined available for Individuals and Organizations

Due March 19, 2023

(01/18/2023/Knoxville) – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to announce Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants, a funding program that provides training and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (whose budgets are under $100,000). Applicants must live within 50 miles of downtown Knoxville and be members of the Arts & Culture Alliance. Membership is open to all.

Awards range from $100 to $30,000. Bailey Opportunity grants will invest $100,000 in East Tennessee arts projects and programs taking place July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Interested applicants may view the guidelines and download the application at Previous grantees are eligible to apply.

The application receipt deadline is midnight on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, prior to applying for help creating a competitive application.

Email to request a phone or Zoom meeting during Tuesday-Friday, February 7-10, 8 AM – 7 PM (EST). For those who cannot schedule, a recorded video of helpful application tips is available online.

The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. Projects that allow for the exploration of new avenues of creativity, wrestling with new ideas that can advance one’s creative work, and strengthening business practices are especially encouraged. Most awards in the past have gone toward training and equipment, however all qualifying projects are considered.

The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by: encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Contact: Liza Zenni
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 523-7543

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