TAC Arts Build Communities' Grant

Tennessee Arts Commission

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Next deadline: Jul 1, 2024 9:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jul 1, 2025 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Arts / Culture Access & Participation Community Culture & Heritage Public / Community Art Art for Social Change Artist Training & Development

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee



Locally administered grants for arts projects focusing on community priorities.

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to 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. ABC funds may be used to:

  • Provide innovative arts experiences that are new or unfamiliar to community residents
  • Offer arts programs that are designed to help affect positive change in community social issues
  • Develop arts programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement
  • Undertake cultural arts initiatives that enhance a community’s identity and/or economic development
  • Offer training that helps experienced or emerging artists/arts administrators develop entrepreneurial skills or innovative strategies for building sustainability

The Commission offers the ABC program through a decentralized decision-making and distribution process in partnership with regional designated agencies. Through ABC, the Commission seeks to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations (including local arts agencies), and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

Open to organizations for arts activities if they meet all applicable requirements described in the guidelines. 

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


  • An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of its arts activities if the organization meets one of the following qualifications:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • All 501(c)(3) applicants must upload their most recent copy of the organization’s By-laws into their organizational profiles in the Online Grants System.
  • Nonprofit applicants’ 501(c)(3) statuses will be verified independently prior to being reviewed by a designated agency panel. Any applications from organizations with lapsed or unconfirmed nonprofit determination will be disqualified.
  • Debarment and Suspension. Grantees are required to sign contracts certifying to the best of its knowledge and belief, that it, its current and future principals, its current and future subcontractors and their principals are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any federal or state department or agency.
  • DUNS Number: All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. 


  • Any organization awarded Major Cultural Institution or Partnership Support funding for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) is not eligible to apply for an ABC grant.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for ABC funding.
  • The following are examples of activities and expenditures not fundable through ABC:
    • Insurance premiums
    • Endowments
    • Office space rental
    • Janitorial service and general physical plant maintenance
    • Food and hospitality
    • Permanent equipment purchases
    • Scholarships
    • Payment of accumulated deficits
    • Capital improvements
    • New periodicals, books, etc. (such as vanity publications)
    • Out-of-state travel
    • Scholarly arts-related research and writing
    • Cash awards
    • Purchase of local public art
    • Legal fees
    • Planned fundraising events
    • Events to which the general public is not invited
    • Payments to members of the organization’s board
    • Consultant fees for technical assistance

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This page was last reviewed March 14, 2024 and last updated March 14, 2024