Arts Build Communities

Important 2016 dates:
Tuesday, May 17, 3:30 PM – Technical Assistance workshop at Emporium
Friday, July 1, 2016 by 4:30 PM (CST) – Online application deadline, see for more information.
Wednesday, August 10 – Grant Panel Review at Emporium

The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 arts and cultural agencies and development districts across the state to offer Arts Build Community (ABC) grants for Fiscal Year 2017. ABC grants provide support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee. The grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts. Funding can be used for arts and cultural projects that: address social issues; strengthen community engagement; target youth for after-school initiatives; enhance a community’s identity or brand; add value to tourism efforts; and encourage further economic development.

Grant Period: August 16, 2016 through June 15, 2017
Grant Awards: $500 to $2,500

Click here to view the FY2017 ABC Grant Program Guidelines.

Applications must be submitted online through the Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30 PM (CST) on Frisday, July 1, 2016. The ABC online application can be accessed beginning at Once there, scroll over “Grants” in the top menu and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted by the TAC or designated agencies.

For more information about applying for a grant, please contact Suzanne Cada at (865) 523-7543 or, or the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Director of Community Arts Development, Shannon Ford, at (615) 532-9796 or

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville requests Arts Build Communities grant proposals for art projects from any non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located within the following eleven East Tennessee counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of its arts activities if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:

(1) The organization is a nonprofit organization legally chartered in Tennessee and in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Private educational institutions must be a nonprofit and meet these tax-exempt requirements; OR

(2) The organization is an entity of government (such as city/county government departments, public libraries, public schools, etc.)

Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities or the State and are designed to involve a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or are oriented primarily to collegiate students and the academic community are not eligible.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is one of 13 designated agencies that administer the ABC program statewide on behalf of the Tennessee Arts Commission. Designated agencies are trained to assist ABC applicants with identifying eligible activities, provide feedback on draft applications, administer local grant review panels, and help grant recipients track the success of funded activities.

Prior to submitting an application, qualifying organizations should discuss the program or project proposal with their designated agency or the TAC.  Please contact Suzanne Cada at (865) 523-7543 or, or the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Director of Community Arts Development, Shannon Ford, at (615) 532-9796 or

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