Bailey Opportunity Grants

Click here to see a list of the grant recipients for FY18.

Important 2017 dates:

  • Monday, April 3, 3:30 PM: Technical Assistance (How to Apply) Workshop for Organizations
  • Monday, April 3, 5:30 PM: Technical Assistance (How to Apply) Workshop for Individuals
    Both workshops take place at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Free to attend, please RSVP to or 865-523-7543.
  • Monday, May 8, 4:30 PM: Bailey Opportunity Grants Receipt Deadline (electronic submissions are strongly preferred)
  • June 19-28, 2017 – Individual Finalist Interviews and Planning Sessions, held in the offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance at the Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance announces Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants, a new funding program through the Arts & Heritage Fund. Distributed through the Arts & Culture Alliance, Bailey Opportunity grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (whose budget is under $100,000). The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development.

Projects that allow for the exploration of new avenues of creativity, wrestling with new ideas that can advance one’s creative work, and strengthening existing output are especially encouraged.

Grant Period: July 3, 2017 through June 30, 2018
Grant Awards: $500 to $75,000

Click here to view the Bailey Opportunity GRANT GUIDELINES for Individuals.

Click here to view the Bailey Opportunity GRANT GUIDELINES for Organizations.

The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by: encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond.

Click here to access the Bailey Opportunity GRANT APPLICATION for Individuals.

Click here to access the Bailey Opportunity GRANT APPLICATION for Organizations.

Applications must be received by 4:30 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017. Electronic submissions to are strongly encouraged. Any question of eligibility should be directed to the Arts & Culture Alliance before the application is made. The Arts & Culture Alliance is a service organization: we exist to help artists and organizations. All interested applicants are
encouraged to contact Liza Zenni at 865-523-7543 or if they have questions.

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