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ABC Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for local non-profits or governments to apply for a Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant are now open. 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. Full applications are due on July 1, 2024, and more information can be found here.

For the 2025 grant cycle, the available funds for each grant application have increased from $3,500 to $5,000 per project. With a dollar-for-dollar match, applicants would be able to complete project totaling $10,000 that highlight the arts in their community or the region. Below is a list of currently funded grant projects from across the Northeast Tennessee.

Staff from the FTDD will conduct a grant workshop on Tuesday, May 11, 2024 via Zoom. For more information about this workshop, please contact Misty Bradley, See below for a breakdown of funded projects from the current fiscal year.

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.

If you have specific questions about the grant, or a potential project, please contact Misty Bradley,

For questions about this or other news from the FTDD, please contact Mark Stevans,

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