Grants for Organizations

Playhouse on the Square

ArtsMemphis administers a variety of different grant programs throughout the year, aimed at supporting arts organizations of all sizes.  Use the links in this section to explore our current opportunities and resources.  Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on new opportunities. 


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.

Our Arts Investments

ArtsMemphis is engaged in a multi-year process of realigning our arts investment programs. In keeping with the needs of our community and trends in our field, we continue to develop strategies to better support the variety of arts in Shelby County, to base arts investments on organizations’ current work and progress in addressing the needs of communities, and to establish goals for diversity and inclusion for our staff, board and partners.  As we work through this process, we will continue to communicate with and invite input from all artists and arts organizations – those that have previously received funds from ArtsMemphis as well as those that have not – to ensure this process is open and transparent, and the needs and perspectives of the full arts spectrum of Shelby County are integrated into our process. Our guidelines, criteria and funding totals continue to evolve and we will continue to distribute information and host conversations about our programs to ensure all current and potential grant recipients are well informed of our funding opportunities.


FY20 Operating Support Office Hours Application Support

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

RSVP for an Office Hour Here.

Please Note: Attendance at an Office Hour is not required but encouraged, especially for new applicants. Registration is not required, but appreciated.


Important Notes for Organizational Applicants


Beginning this fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019), all organizations that work with anyone under the age of 18 as a participant in your program or in a volunteer capacity will be required to have a board-approved Child Protection Policy in place before ArtsMemphis grant funds will be provided.

The Memphis Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a local prevention resource for parents, professionals and community agencies. The CAC provides Stewards of Children training and Child Safe Policy training as a part of their child sexual abuse prevention initiative.  Please visit their website for information on these training opportunities.

We have sample policies available.  Please email us if you would like a copy.

You may also request the staff at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center review your policy to ensure it includes sufficient protection. PROFILE REQUIREMENT

In order to receive support through most of ArtsMemphis grant opportunities (outside of Arts Build Communities grants), your organization must be registered on  If you need assistance registering your organization or have other questions about profiles, please contact Olivia Wilmot at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.  Please review the guidelines for each grant opportunities to learn if a profile is required. Profile sessions are held each month at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, 38104. To register for a session visit EVENTS on the website.

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