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ABC Arts Grant Application Now Open

Applications are now available for local non-profits or governments to apply for a Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant. This grant program, administered by the First Tennessee Development District, 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 Grant funds can be used for:

  • 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.

"In past years, area organizations have utilized funds to promote the arts, create theater program for children and young adults, high school band programing, and public art, such as murals," explained Mark Stevans, Director of Special Projects. More information about the ABC Grant program can be found here.

District staff will host a workshop on the grant, new program requirements, and answer questions about projects at the First Tennessee Development District on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. To RSVP for this grant workshop, please click here.

If you have specific questions the grant, or a potential project, please contact Mark Stevans,

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