The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) offers the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program in partnership with ArtsMemphis for organizations seeking support in the following West TN counties: Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton. (Overall, 13 designated agencies administer the ABC program on behalf of TAC in all 95 counties of the state.)
The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.
April 1, 2022
Grant Application Opens
July 1, 2022 by 11:59pm
Grant Application Deadline
Application Correction Period -for submitted applications.
August 11, 2022 9 AM
Held via Microsoft Teams
August 16, 2022
Award and Decline Notifications
By October 1, 2022
Award Documentation is Due
An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of its arts activities if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the State and are designed to involve a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or are oriented primarily to collegiate students and the academic community are not eligible.
The proposed project must take place and grants funds must be used between August 16, 2022 and June 16, 2023.
ABC funds may NOT be used:
ABC requires at least a one-to-one (1:1) dollar match. “One-to-one dollar match” means the applicant must cover at least half the cost of a project or program through other income sources. Matching funds may be listed in multiple expense categories.
Please note: You must be registered with the Tennessee Arts Commission's grant platform to apply. Please create your account as soon possible, as registration for a profile may take a few days. You can view instructions for the platform here.
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Bryce Goodloe at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Bryce Goodloe, Programs & Operations Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787
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