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.
The First Tennessee Foundation focuses contributions to strengthen these vital signs of a strong community:
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.
ArtsFirst grants may be used to support the following activities occurring between March 1, 2019 and February 28, 2020.
ArtsFirst Grants may not be used to support:
October 17, 2018 3:00-4:00pm
October 18, 2018 2:30-3:30pm
Information Session Conference Calls
October 1, 2018
Grant application opens
December 3, 2018 at 5:00pm
March 1, 2019
Earliest proposed program start date
March 30, 2019
Grant awards announced
Grant awards will be announced by March 30, 2019. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Applicants who are approved for funding will receive payment in full no later than April 30, 2019.
You are encouraged to contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright ([email protected]) or Colleen McCartney ([email protected]) at ArtsMemphis (901-578-2787) in advance of the deadline with any questions or to seek guidance. A list of Frequent Asked Questions will be available and updated regularly up to November 26, 2018.
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected].
Please click here to view the FAQ document
Questions received by November 28, 2018 will be answered and included in the FAQ document.