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.
$39,820 in ABC grants resulted in additional investment of $395,000.
57,000 people were engaged by ABC activities, including 16,600 youth.
Project-related donations of goods and services were valued at $98,105, including 784 volunteers working 5,327 hours.
April 1, 2020
July 2, 2020
Date and location to be determined.
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.
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.
For complete list of grant guidelines, please visit the Tennessee Arts Commission website here.
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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