Art lifts our spirits and expands our horizons. Because art plays a vital role in a healthy community, expressing the diversity within our common humanity, the First Tennessee Foundation is a long-time supporter of the arts through ArtsFirst, a program to promote excellence and enrichment in the arts in Memphis. Leveraging the grant-making expertise of ArtsMemphis while ensuring a continued significant impact in the community. The grant panel is composed of First Tennessee Foundation representatives, who make all funding decisions.
October 1, 2019
December 2, 2019
Grant Report Due
Nonprofit organizations with an arts-based mission in Shelby County, Tennessee, DeSoto or Tate County, Mississippi with a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects are eligible to apply. Organizations must have an active and supportive Board of Directors and be organized as a 501(c)3.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Director of Grants & Initiatives (901-578-2787, [email protected]) before beginning work on an application.
The FY20 ArtsFirst application is available on the ArtsMemphis Grant Platform.
If you have not used our platform before, please visit our tutorial videos here.
Grant awards will be announced by March 2020 Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
PLEASE NOTE: ArtsMemphis requires organizations that work with anyone under age 18 to have a board-approved Child Protection Policy in place before funding will be provided. If you are approved for funding and you work with people under age 18 but do not have a policy in place, payment will be delayed until your organization’s board approves a policy. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright (901-578-2787, [email protected])
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected].
Questions received by November 26, 2019 will be answered and included in the FAQ document.
A link to the FAQ document will be provided after the grant application opens.
If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiative 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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