Operating Support



Operating Support Grant

ArtsMemphis supports the arts to strengthen our community. We envision and are a vehicle to support an accessible, impactful, and sustainable arts community with abundant and inclusive engagement. We invest in the arts, generate arts support and advance organizational effectiveness. Building on 60 years, we aim to elevate ArtsMemphis’ position as primary resource for the arts in Memphis and Shelby County.

ArtsMemphis recognizes that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community.  Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, in FY23 ArtsMemphis invested $1M in arts organizations through this competitive operating support grant program. Our budget for the FY24 operating support grant is based on our fundraising and will be confirmed once approved by our board in June 2023. We anticipate a minimum of $1M and hope to work towards an increase. These grants should supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization.

Organizations that are not eligible for the FY24 operating support grant are encouraged to apply for an Arts Build Communities grant, the deadline for which is typically around July 1. 

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FY24 Operating Support Grant is now closed. Decisions will be announced in July. 

The FY25 Operating Support Grant dates will be announced in late 2023.


Application Information and Tips

We encourage you to:

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly, check your eligibility, and carefully complete your application.
  • Review the online application early so that you can plan ahead.
  • Communicate with ArtsMemphis about any questions you have, or to review your draft application as early as possible before the deadline. We are happy to assist, but last-minute help is limited due to timing and volume of requests.
  • Be clear and concise in your application – panelists read and evaluate about a dozen applications.
  • You may find it efficient to draft your narrative responses in a word processing document and then to copy and paste your responses into the online system when you have a final draft.

2023 Operating Support Grantees

2022 Operating Support Grantees

Contact Us

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

ArtsMemphis is a registered Non-Profit Public Charity.

One gift supports 68 arts organizations and 145 artists

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