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Arts Build Communities Grant Applications Open April 3rd for 2024 Fiscal Year

Applications for local non-profits or governments to apply for a Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Grant will open on Monday, April 3, 2023. 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.

For the 2024 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.


Project Title

Grant Funding

Art Transforms

Story Spinners Storytelling Program


Theatre Bristol

PLAYtime in the ARTspace


Milligan College

Invitational Choral Festival


ETSU Slocumb Galleries

Sounds of our Soul


Johnson County Senior Center

Meaningful Access to Art


create appalachia

Arts@Work Professional Development


Town of Jonesborough

Play in a Week Camp


Friends of the Bonnie Kate

Community Theater


Greene County Partnership Foundation

Mural Trail Expansion


Boones Creek Historical Trust & Museum

Dulcimer Workshop


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.

Misty Bradley, the project lead with the FTDD shared that "each year we see some exciting projects from across the District, and I know the applications for FY2024 will be as well, I encourage any one interested in this funding opportunity to reach out." More information about the ABC Grant program can be found here.

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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