Grant Opportunities

Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

ArtsMemphis Grant Opportunities



Join us for an information session to learn more about our grant opportunities!

Attendance at a workshop 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:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 - 10:00 am, ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38117
  • Tuesday, December 10, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38117

Please RSVP here. 



To view our full grants calendar, please click here


Grants for Individual Artists

ArtsAccelerator - OPEN, Deadline December 13th

The ArtsAccelerator Grants are incentive grants for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their careers and are intended to deepen and expand artistic work to advance the grant recipient’s artistic accomplishments.  The ArtsAccelerator Program supports artists working in any media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation art, performance art, video art, or social practice. Click here to learn more about ArtsAccelerator Grants.

Grants for Organizations 


(funded by First Tennessee Foundation)

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. Click here to learn more about ArtsFirst.


(funded by AutoZone)

ArtsZone is AutoZone's arts funding program, administered by ArtsMemphis.  ArtsZone grants strengthen the Memphis community by combining AutoZone’s commitment to excellence and enrichment in the arts with ArtsMemphis’ grantmaking experience and knowledge.  Funding is determined by a grant panel composed of AutoZone representatives. Click here to learn more about ArtsZone.

Arts Build Communities

(funded by Tennessee Arts Commission)

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. ABC grants provide support for 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. Click here to learn more about Arts Build Communities.

Enhancement Fund

The purpose of these grants, which come from a specific fund of our endowment, is to build an organization’s long-term capacity, increase long-term earned income streams, catalyze and assist an organization in going to the next level, and/or fund venture capital/risk-taking initiatives with potential for return on investment and broad community impact.  Proposals are accepted only from pre-selected organizations.  Eligible organizations will be contacted directly by ArtsMemphis. Click here to learn more about Enhancement Grants.

Operating Support

This unrestricted funding is intended to advance ArtsMemphis’ mission of sustaining Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthening local communities through the arts. These investments should supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization. Click here to learn more about Operating Support Grants.



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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