ArtsMemphis recognizes that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community. This unrestricted funding to organizations whose mission is to provide year-round arts programs and experiences 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.
Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, in FY21 and FY22 ArtsMemphis invested $900K in arts organizations through this competitive operating support grant program. Our budget for the FY23 operating support grant is based on our fundraising and will be confirmed once approved by our board in June 2022. We anticipate a minimum of $900K and hope to work towards an increase.
Organizations that are not eligible for the FY23 operating support grant are encouraged to apply for an Arts Build Communities grant, the deadline for which is July 1, 2022.
February 1, 2022
February 3 - March 11
Office Hours, CLICK HERE to sign up for a 30-minute help session.
February 9, 2022
Information Session View Here
February 14, 2022
Deadline: Organizations not funded through this program since July 2019 must contact ArtsMemphis staff to review eligibility.
February 17, 11:00-12:30
Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Mid-South Grant Writing Worskshop: Telling Your Story
March 11, 2022
Application Deadline at 5:00 P.M.
Complete applications include the following:
March 21-31, 2022
Finance Committee reviews financial reports and data.
April 1- May 4, 2022
Site Visits with select organizations.
Panel Review meetings.
ArtsMemphis Invest in Arts board committee recommends funding decisions.
ArtsMemphis executive committee and board of directors vote on funding decisions.
Organizations notified of grant award decisions.
First payments issued.
Interim Report, deadline TBD.
Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for funding consideration:
The following entities are not eligible for a FY23 Operating Support Grant but may be eligible for other grant opportunities through ArtsMemphis.
If you are not eligible for this operating support grant, please review our other grant opportunities and contact Bryce Goodloe ([email protected]) or Tracy Lauritzen Wright ([email protected]) for assistance.
Applicant organizations are reviewed by volunteer panelists according to budget size groups for logistical reasons. The groups are determined based on ArtsMemphis estimates of past grantees’ budgets to create groups of about 12 organizations.
Group 1: 3-year Budget average of less than $150,000
Group 2: 3-Year Budget average of $150,000- $500,000
Group 3: 3-Year Budget average of $500,000-$1,500,000
Group 4: 3-Year Budget average of 1,500,000+
The following criteria will be considered in reviewing application data and information. Organizations receiving an average score of 24 or less will not be recommended for funding.
Mission, Capacity, and Impact (60%)
Governance and Fiscal Accountability (40%)
ArtsMemphis also considers if an organization is Black, Indigenous or Person of Color (BIPOC)-led and/or BIPOC-serving:
The FY23 Operating Support grant application is in two parts:
Please be aware that you must first submit the LOI form in order to access the Application. BOTH parts are required for a complete application.
If you wish to provide your Application responses via virtual oral interview, rather than writing responses, please contact our staff to schedule a one-hour appointment before March 11. The interview option is not available for the LOI. Please be sure you have read the application questions and have an idea of what information you wish to share in an interview.
Groups 3 & 4, additional requirements:
We encourage you to:
If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Bryce Goodloe, Programs & Operations Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787
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