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Arts Commission

Grants Program

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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.

Arts Build Communities Grants: The Tennessee Arts Commission’s 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 arts organizations. Metro Arts serves as the Davidson County point of contact for this program. Applications are typically available in April for projects beginning in August or later. Click Apply for a Grant to learn more about the next application opportunity.