Operating Support

Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

OPERATING SUPPORT GRANTS

 

OUR ARTS INVESTMENTS

ArtsMemphis is engaged in a multi-year process of realigning our arts investment programs. In keeping with the needs of our community and trends in our field, we continue to develop strategies to better support the variety of arts in Shelby County, to base arts investments on organizations’ current work and progress in addressing the needs of communities, and to establish goals for diversity and inclusion for our staff, board and partners.  As we work through this process, we will continue to communicate with and invite input from all artists and arts organizations – those that have previously received funds from ArtsMemphis as well as those that have not – to ensure this process is open and transparent, and the needs and perspectives of the full arts spectrum of Shelby County are integrated into our process. Our guidelines, criteria and funding totals continue to evolve and we will continue to distribute information and host conversations about our programs to ensure all current and potential grant recipients are well informed of our funding opportunities.

For reference, the papers linked below provide information and context on similar work happening across the country, examining arts funding trends and the need for more equitable funds distribution.

Grantmakers in the Arts:  Recalculating the Formula for Success

Helicon Collaborative: Not Just Money

Memphis Music Initiative: Disruptive Philanthropy

 

OPERATING SUPPORT INVESTMENTS FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Providing operating funds to arts organizations has been a cornerstone of ArtsMemphis’ since its founding in 1963. ArtsMemphis recognizes that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local individuals, foundations and corporations and the Tennessee Arts Commission, ArtsMemphis will invest nearly $1.314M in arts organizations in FY19 through a competitive operating support grant program.

This unrestricted funding is intended to advance ArtsMemphis’ mission of sustaining Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthening local communities through the arts

The Operating Support Grant Application has closed for FY19. Please look for the grant announcements in November 2018.

Group 1

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization’s current fiscal year budget is less than $100,000 OR organization has less than three years of ArtsMemphis grant support in past five fiscal years.
  • Have a current 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status with a primary place of business in Shelby County.
  • Have a primary mission of arts programming.
  • Offer programs that are accessible to all Shelby County citizens regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any characteristic protected by law.
  • Have proof of compliance with all local, state, and federal laws or requirements (i.e. IRS form 990, state auditor forms, TN solicitation license, etc.).

 

Application Requirements

  • Organizational Profile (via online form)
  • Narrative (via online form)
  • Budget (via email attachment):
    • Option 1:  Submit your financial data using ArtsMemphis’ Financial Appendix Template.
    • Option 2:  Submit your last fiscal year budget to actuals comparison and your current fiscal year budget in format of your choice. If you choose this option, you must also submit a narrative report that includes the following information:
      • Explanation of any variances Last FY-Current FY budget >10% +/-
      • Describe any line items notes as “other”
      • Explain how deficits are covered
      • In-kind support description
  • Staff and Board list using template provided in “Application” tab.  If your organization is volunteer-run, please note the names of your volunteers/board members and the role they serve.  Please indicate if the positions are paid or unpaid. (via email attachment)

Group 2

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization’s average expenses over past three fiscal years are $100,000-$399,999, determined by averaging Form 990 Expenses for past three completed fiscal year reports.
  • Three years of support from ArtsMemphis in past five fiscal years.
  • Have a current 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status with a primary place of business in Shelby County.
  • Have a primary mission of arts programming.
  • Offer programs that are accessible to all Shelby County citizens regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any characteristic protected by law.
  • Offer a full season of programming and/or year-round activity.
  • Have proof of compliance with all local, state, and federal laws or requirements (i.e. IRS form 990, state auditor forms, TN solicitation license, etc.).

 

Application Requirements

  • Organizational Profile (via online form)
  • Narrative (via online form)
  • Budget (via email attachment):
    • Option 1:  Submit your financial data using ArtsMemphis’ Financial Appendix Template.
    • Option 2:  Submit your last fiscal year budget to actuals comparison and your current fiscal year budget in format of your choice. 
      • If you choose this option, you are not required to provide your Form 990 information for the past three completed fiscal years, however you should use this data to identify this as your Group designation.  ArtsMemphis staff will verify your designation.
      •  If you choose this option, you must also submit a narrative report that includes the following information:
      •  Explanation of any variances Last FY-Current FY budget >10% +/-
      • Describe any line items notes as “other”
      •  Explain how deficits are covered
      • In-kind support description
  • Staff and Board list using template provided in “Application” tab. (via email attachment)

Group 3

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization’s average expenses over past three fiscal years are $400,000-$1,499,999, determined by averaging Form 990 Expenses for past three completed fiscal year reports.
  • Three years of support from ArtsMemphis in past five fiscal years. 
  • Have a current 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status with a primary place of business in Shelby County.
  • Have a primary mission of arts programming.
  • Offer programs that are accessible to all Shelby County citizens regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any characteristic protected by law.
  • Offer a full season of programming and/or year-round activity.
  • Have proof of compliance with all local, state, and federal laws or requirements (i.e. IRS form 990, state auditor forms, TN solicitation license, etc.).

 

Application Requirements

  • Organizational Profile (via online form)
  • Narrative (via online form)
  • Financial Appendix form. (via email attachment)
  • Balance sheet for last completed financial reporting period (e.g. last month, last quarter). (via email attachment)
  • WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org Profile.
  • List of top 25 donors. (via email attachment)
  • Staff and Board list using template provided in “Application” tab. (via email attachment)

Group 4

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization’s average expenses over past three fiscal years are $1,500,000+, determined by averaging Form 990 Expenses for past three completed fiscal year reports.
  • Three years of support from ArtsMemphis in past five fiscal years 
  • Have a current 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status with a primary place of business in Shelby County.
  • Have a primary mission of arts programming.
  • Offer programs that are accessible to all Shelby County citizens regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any characteristic protected by law.
  • Offer a full season of programming and/or year-round activity.
  • Have proof of compliance with all local, state, and federal laws or requirements (i.e. IRS form 990, state auditor forms, TN solicitation license, etc.).

 

Application Requirements

  • Organizational Profile (via online form)
  • Narrative (via online form)
  • Financial Appendix form. (via email attachment)
  • Balance sheet for last completed financial reporting period (e.g. last month, last quarter). (via email attachment)
  • WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org Profile.
  • List of top 25 donors. (via email attachment)
  • Staff and Board list using template provided in “Application” tab. (via email attachment)

 

 

If you have any questions regarding the FY19 Operating Support Grants please call our office at (901) 578-2787 or contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected] or 901.341.0407.

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