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 FY20 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.
Beginning February 1, 2019, all grant applications will be submitted through our online grant application platform. Please click here to access the grant application site and to create your account.
Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for funding consideration:
The following entities are not eligible for Operating Support Grants but may be eligible for other funding through ArtsMemphis.
In your LOI / Organization Profile you will select your Group Designation. Please note that Groups 2-4 are determined by averaging the 3- year expense average as reported on Form 990 for past 3 fiscal years.
Group 1: Current fiscal year budget less than $100,000 OR less than 3 years of ArtsMemphis grant support in past 5 fiscal years
Group 2: 3-Year Budget average* of $100,000-$399,999 AND 3 years of support from ArtsMemphis in past 5 fiscal years
Group 3: 3-Year Budget average* of $400,000-$1,499,999 AND 3 years of support from ArtsMemphis in past 5 fiscal years
Group 4: 3-Year Budget average* of $1,500,000+ AND 3 years of support from ArtsMemphis in past 5 fiscal years
*3-year expense average as reported on Form 990 will determine funding category for Groups 2-4.
Three years of support in past five fiscal years means that an organization received at least one ArtsMemphis grant, from any of our programs including designated gifts, in three different years since July 1, 2015.
Grant award decisions are competitive and awards are based on an organization’s documentation of progress and success against the stated criteria.
Submission of an application for funding does not guarantee that funding will be awarded. Likewise, award of funding one year does not guarantee funding the following year.
Requests for FY19 funding may not exceed 5% of an organization’s current fiscal year budgeted expenses.
You are encouraged to contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright at ArtsMemphis in advance of the deadline with any questions or to seek guidance ([email protected], 901-578-2787). A list of Frequent Asked Questions will be available and updated regularly.
As ArtsMemphis works towards impact-based funding decisions, we are considering the following areas around which we anticipate defining goals for our grants and arts investments in the near future.
The impact areas above and the criteria below will be used as a guide by review panel members to assess each application.
To apply, please visit the ArtsMemphis Grant Platform.
To download the LOI/Organization Profile, click here
To download the Application, click here.
For Required Attachment Templates, please visit the Attachments tab.
A Financial Report using the template provided is required for all applicants.
Please click here to download the Financial Report Template
A list of your staff and board members using the template provided is required for all applicants.
Please click here to download the Staff and Board Template
Grant Software Information / Training Sessions
Operating Support Grant Information Sessions
February 1, 2019
Grant application opens
March 1, 2019
LOI / Organization Profile must be submitted by 5:00 pm
March 29, 2019
All grant application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm
April 1-May 7, 2019
Site visits / pre-review meetings
As scheduled by ArtsMemphis staff
May 10-17, 2019
Review Panel Meetings
By July 10, 2019
Grant applicants notified
All FY20 Operating Support Information Sessions have concluded.
To download the presentation, please click here.
If you have questions, please contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected] or call (901) 578-2787.
February 8th 9:00am ArtsMemphis
February 12th 4:00pm ArtsMemphis
February 21st 1:00pm Central Library Meeting Room A
February 25th 11:00am Central Library Meeting Room A
March 13th 10:30am Central Library Meeting Room C
March 19th 9:00am ArtsMemphis
March 27th 9:30am Central Library Meeting Room A
Please view the FAQ document here.
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected].
Questions received by March 20, 2019 will be answered and included in the FAQ document.
Please download our glossary here.
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.