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, in FY20 ArtsMemphis invested $1.34M in arts organizations through this 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. These investments should supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization.
To download a PDF of the FY21 Operating Support timeline, eligibility, guidelines, criteria for evaluation and application information, please click here or find the information below.
Join us for an information session to learn more about our Operating Support grant opportunity!
Attendance at an information session 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:
Please RSVP here.
To download the Information Session Presentation, please click here.
If you would like some individualized application help or help using the online grant application platform, Application Help Sessions are scheduled for:
January 9 at 9:00am
ArtsMemphis 575 S Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38117
January 14 at 4:30pm
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Organization Profile opens
January 21 at 4:00pm
Lipscomb & Pitts Conference Center 2670 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
January 23 at 3:00pm
Applicant Help Session
ArtsMemphis, 575 S Mendhenhall Memphis TN 38117
February 4 at 9:30am
February 4 at 1:00pm
Information Session Phone Call
February 11 at 1:00pm
Organization Profile deadline
March 30 – April 3
Group 4 Site Visits
Groups 3 & 2 Site Visits
Groups 2 & 1 Site Visits / Meetings
April 28-May 1
Group 1 Site Visits / Meetings
Grant decisions finalized, grant applicants notified
Grant contracts distributed
Grant awards announced, initial payments distributed
If you are not eligible for this operating support grant, please review our other grant opportunities and contact a member of our Grants & Initiatives team to discuss your eligibility for these opportunities.
Group 1: Current fiscal year budget less than $100,000
Group 2: 3-Year Budget average* of $100,000-$399,999
Group 3: 3-Year Budget average* of $400,000-$1,499,999
Group 4: 3-Year Budget average* of $1,500,000+
Through this and other grant programs, ArtsMemphis expects:
Grant review panel members will consider these impacts and the criteria below to assess each application.
The FY21 Operating Support Grant Application will open January 17, 2020.
For use in building your application please download the following question lists:
Required Attachment Templates:
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Colleen McCartney at [email protected].
Please click here to view the FAQ document.
Questions received by March 9, 2020 will be answered and included in the FAQ document.
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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