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.
This timeline (as of 03/20/2020) is moving forward as planned.
At this time, we plan to offer information sessions in June. Attendance at an information session is not required, but is encouraged, especially for first-time applicants. Multiple representatives from one organization are welcome, and you are welcome to attend more than one session if you wish.
The same information will be delivered at each information session. Information Sessions are scheduled for:
Please RSVP here.
If you would like some individualized application help or help using the online grant application platform, Application Help Sessions are scheduled for:
April 1, 2020
Grant Information Session
June 4th 9-10am
Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave Extended, Memphis, TN 38112
June 11th 1-2pm
Conference Call (Register here)
July 2, 2020
July 29, 2020
Specific Schedule TBD
Assisi Foundation of Memphis, 515 Erin Dr, Memphis, TN 38117
During the months of April and May, we will not be holding in-person information sessions due to the Tennessee Arts Commission guidelines. An online tutorial will be available at the beginning of May. Please contact ArtsMemphis if you have any questions.
For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website here.
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.
For a complete list of the grant guidelines, please visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website here.
The proposed project must take place and grants funds must be used between August 16, 2020 and June 15, 2021.
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.
The FY21 Arts Build Communities application is available on the Tennessee Arts Commission Grant Platform.
If you have not used the TAC platform before, please visit their tutorial pages here.
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Colleen McCartney at [email protected]
A link to the FAQ document will be provided after the grant application opens.
If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787
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