Operating Support


Operating Support Grant

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 supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization.

Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, in FY23 ArtsMemphis is investing $1M in arts organizations through this competitive operating support grant program.

We have been incredibly intentional in our approach to equitable funding and commitment to diversity in this process. Our volunteer panelists have contributed a collective 450 hours toward visiting, meeting, and analyzing our local arts landscape to lead us to these grant decisions. Of the selected organizations, 57% operate with budgets below $500K, and 35% are led by a person of color with a board composed of majority people of color.

Organizations that are not eligible for the operating support grant are encouraged to apply for an Arts Build Communities grant, which will open in Spring 2023.

FY24 Operating Support Grant dates will be announced in late 2022. 

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

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ArtsMemphis is a registered Non-Profit Public Charity.

One gift supports 68 arts organizations and 145 artists

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