Arts Build Communities

Important dates for FY 2018:
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM – Technical Assistance workshop at Emporium
Friday, June 30, 2017 by 11:59 PM (CST) – Online application deadline, see for more information.
Thursday, July 27 – Grant Panel Review at Emporium

Click here to view the 2017-2018 grant awards.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 designated agencies across the state to administer Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants for Fiscal Year 2018. ABC grants provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.

Grant Period: August 16, 2017 through June 15, 2018
Grant Awards: $500 to $2,500

Click here to view the FY2018 ABC Grant Program Guidelines.
**Download Expense & Income Definitions here.
**View panelist scoring rubric here.

Applications must be submitted through the Commission’s new online grants system (FLUXX) by 11:59 PM (CST) on Friday, June 30, 2017. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Register and apply online at

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.

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