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.
$49,453 in ABC grants resulted in additional investment of $816,000.
79,000 people were engaged by ABC activities, including 57,000 youth.
Project-related donations of goods and services were valued at $183,527, including 854 volunteers working 16,291 hours.
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April 1, 2019
FY20 ABC guidelines and application go live
April - May 2019
ArtsMemphis workshops held.
July 1, 2019
FY20 ABC Applications Due
July 31, 2019
ABC Grant Panel Meeting
Location: National Civil Rights Museum Links Center, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103
August 15, 2019
Award and Decline Notificiations
Thursday, April 11, 9:00am at the Community Foundation (1900 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104)
Thursday, May 16, 9:30am at the Tipton County Library, Study Room (3149 Hwy 51 S., Bldg. C, Covington, TN 38019)
Tuesday, May 21, 3:15pm at the Collierville Library, Halle Meeting Room (501 Poplar View Pkwy, Collierville, TN 38017)
Wednesday, June 5, 4:00pm at ArtsMemphis (575 S Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38104)
Please RSVP for an Information Session 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 complete eligibility please visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website here.
All ABC applications must be made through TAC's Online Grants System. Applicants accessing the new Online Grants System for the first time must register their organizations and create an organizational profile.
If you have questions about Arts Build Communities, you can contact Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager, by emailing [email protected]artsmemphis.org, or by calling 901.578.2787.
For more information on the guidelines of the Arts Build Communities Grant, please visit the Tennessee Art Commission’s Website here.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc.
Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's School
Carpenter Art Garden
Center for Transforming Communities
City of Covington - Tipton County Museum
Germantown Community Chorus
Lauderdale County Council of Arts
Luna Nova Music
Mason Caregivers Corporation
Memphis Boychoir, Inc
Memphis Center for Independent Living
Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Memphis Fashion Design Network
Memphis Jewish Community Center
Memphis Men's Chorale (DBA Memphis Choral Arts)
National Civil Rights Museum
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
New Day Children's Theatre
River City Community Band, Inc.
Spiritual Foundation, Inc.
Thistle & Bee Enterprises, INC
Voices of the South
Young Arts Patrons
Blues City Cultural Center
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Heal the Hood Foundation
Hot Foot Honeys
Kingdom Community Builders
Lauderdale County Government
Memphis Library Foundation
Memphis Mens Chorale
Neighborhood Christian Centers
Project 1 / Thistle & Bee
Tipton Arts Council
Transformations Autism Treatment Center