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.
May 18, 2021
June 25, 2021 at 5pm CST
By July 30, 2021
Grant award notification, payment schedule announced, contract distribution
By August 15, 2021
First payment distributed
Quarterly check-in interviews
By January 31, 2022
Interim report – financials
If you are not eligible for this operating support grant, please review our other grant opportunities and contact Colleen Chandler ([email protected]) or Tracy Lauritzen Wright ([email protected]) for assistance.
Through our grantmaking programs, ArtsMemphis expects:
The following criteria will be considered in reviewing application data and information.
Mission, Capacity and Impact (60%)
Mission (5 points)
Capacity (5 points)
Impact (20 points)
Governance and Fiscal Accountability (40%)
Governance (10 points)
Fiscal Health & Accountability (10 points)
Groups 3 & 4, additional requirements:
If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Colleen Chandler, Grants and Initiatives Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787
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