ArtsZone is the AutoZone arts funding program administered by ArtsMemphis. ArtsZone strengthens the Memphis community by combining AutoZone’s commitment to excellence and enrichment in the arts with ArtsMemphis’ grant-making experience and knowledge. Funding generally supports programs or program operations. Funding is determined by a grant panel composed of AutoZone representatives. Note: Capital campaigns are not supported through ArtsZone funding.
Who is eligible for ArtsZone funding?
501c3 organizations in the greater Memphis area with an arts focus, a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects and an active Board of Directors.
What should I apply for?
Typically ArtsZone grants range from $5,000 - $15,000.
AutoZone considers the following when reviewing requests for funding:
Engages the Memphis community
- Diverse areas of Memphis have access to and participate in the activity, program or action
- Actively promotes Memphis as a place to live, work and play
- Broad base of community support and participation
Exemplifies AutoZone Values and company culture
- Puts customers first, cares about people, strives for exceptional performance, energizes others, embraces diversity, helps teams succeed
- Organization operates efficiently and adapts to changing financial conditions
Financial stability and diverse sources of support
Sustainable partnerships and collaboration with other organizations
Organization has a clearly defined purpose and the capacity to carry out its mission
Project goals and measurement tools are clearly defined
Alignment w/ AutoZone priorities: education, social services, economic development, community vitality
AutoZoner involvement (AutoZoner=employees of AutoZone); opportunities for AutoZoner and/ or AutoZone customer participation
Prior year accomplishments
- Successful fulfillment of prior grants
- History of successful and quality execution
- Organization has the capacity to execute grant
Proactive and timely program/ project communication and partner recognition
FY18 Application Deadline and Information Available Spring 2017
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How to Apply:
Submit a Letter of Intent (no more than two pages, emailed as a PDF to lthompson [at] artsmemphis [dot] org) that includes:
- Description of the project.
- Description of how the project will strengthen the organization’s mission.
- Overview of how the project will engage and impact the greater Memphis area.
- Measures of success, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Amount of funding requested and project budget amount.
- Timeframe for the project. (The current application cycle is for projects occurring October 2016-August 2017. If the project you are requesting support for begins before October 15, 2016, please contact Lucie Thompson to discuss prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.)
- Current operating budget amount.
- Names of any AutoZoners (AutoZone Employees) involved with your organization.
- Friday, April 8 (5:00 pm): Letter of Intent deadline
- Week of April 18: Organizations will be notified regarding invitation to submit a full application
- Friday, May 27 (5:00 pm): Full application deadline
- September: Funding announcements made
Contact: Lucie Thompson (901-578-2787, lthompson [at] artsmemphis [dot] org)
What if I don’t qualify or have a capital campaign request?
2016 ArtsZone Grants
ArtsMemphis | General Operating Support
Ballet Memphis Corporation | Ballet Memphis 2016-2017 Season
Beale Street Caravan | Season 21 of Beale Street Caravan
The Blues Foundation | International Blues Challenge Supporter
Circuit Playhouse, Inc. | Theatre Education Super Sponsor
Collage Dance Collective | Collage Ballet Conservatory
Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Dixon Discoveries
Hattiloo Theatre | Season 11 Artist Development Sponsorship
Indie Memphis | Indie Memphis Film Festival
IRIS ORCHESTRA | IRIS Community Outreach and Engagement programs
Levitt Shell | 50 Free concerts Series
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | General Operating Support
Memphis College of Art | ArtsZone Sculpture Garden
Memphis Development Foundation | The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare Orpheum Student and Family Series Show
New Ballet Ensemble & School | NBE Scholarships- Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
New Day Children's Theatre | 2016-2017 Season: Sensory Friendly Performances
Opera Memphis | 30 Days of Opera
PRIZM Ensemble | PRIZM Music Camp 2017
RiverArtsFest, Inc. | Sponsorship of Arts Zone, the artist market
Theatre Memphis | A Christmas Carol
Urban Art Commission | General Operating Support
Visible Music College | Visible Christmas