Arts Fund for East Tennessee

East Tennessee Foundation

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Predicted deadline: May 1, 2024

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Tennessee: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Carter County, Claiborne County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Tennessee: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Carter County, Claiborne County Show all

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The Arts Fund for East Tennessee was established in 1986 to serve as a source of funds to support excellence in the arts, expand access to the arts, and connect artists with each other and with East Tennessee communities. 

Due to the severe economic disruptions COVID-19 is causing to professional arts organizations in our region, East Tennessee Foundation is taking immediate steps to help these organizations survive. We cannot imagine East Tennessee without its museums, theaters, and performing arts.

Arts Fund 2020 grants will help ensure the continuity and sustainability of our region's arts organizations by awarding emergency grants through a simplified and expedited application and process.

Organizations can apply for up to $10,000.

Funds will be awarded for one-year terms and may be used as needed by arts organizations to keep "the lights on," staff supported, and support other essential operational needs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations must have and be able to provide documentation to verify the following:
    • Confirmation that the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, unit of government , or educational institution
    • New or emerging groups that do not have nonprofit status may apply if they have an established nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor
    • Employee Identification Number (EIN)
    • Legal name of organization, address and contact information (phone fax, email address)
    • Primary contact person and title
    • List of staff administering the project
    • Most recent financial statements and/or most recent audit and/or IRS Form 990
    • Current year operating budget
    • List of current board of directors or equivalent governing body
    • Confirmation that the organization operates and is organized so as to not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or other characteristics as identified in the Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.
  • Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Arts Fund:
    • Professional arts organizations must be located in and serve constituents in ETF’s 25-county service area


  • Special Consideration will be given to projects that:
    • Use the arts/artists to help bridge social and cultural divides (such as festivals and exhibits which provide opportunities for education and dialogue between or about diverse populations) 
    • Highlight and showcase the talents of underrepresented and/or minority artists (such as arts or cultural activities which celebrate rural and ethnic minorities)
    • Provide arts opportunities for individuals who have limited access to the arts (such as in rural and low-income areas)
  • Preference will be given to:
    • Organizations that were not recipients of Arts Fund grants during the most recent grant term 


  • The following types of requests will NOT be funded:
    • Projects that have explicit religious content, express a particular religious view or advance a religious purpose
    • Debt retirement or budget deficits
    • Endowment funds or general fundraising campaigns
    • Capital improvements
    • Grants to individuals

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This page was last reviewed June 16, 2023 and last updated March 31, 2023