Metro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor & Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to support community arts through grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations through operating and project-based support.
Metro Arts Grants: Applications are open to arts and non-arts organizations who present arts and cultural activities to Nashville citizens. Operating Support funds support annual operating costs for both small and large cultural institutions. Project-based funds are focused on specific under-invested communities. Applications are typically available in January for projects beginning in July or later. To learn more about grants for the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), visit Apply for a Grant.