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Arts Commission

Metro Arts FY18 Grants

For full grant descriptions and eligibility requirements, review the FY18 Metro Arts Grant Guidelines.

All applicants wishing to apply for any FY18 Metro Arts Grants must attend one of the following grant training sessions. To RSVP, email Laurel Fisher at

Metro Arts awards two different types of grants: operating and project grants. Operating funds for organizations who have an average annual revenue of $100,000 or more are eligible for Basic Operating Support. Applications in this category are adjudicated every three

years. The next Basic Operating Support review will be in 2017. Core Support also provides operating support funds but these are distributed to organizations who have an average annual revenue of under $100,000. These grant awards are reviewed and awarded on an annual basis.

Project grant funds are available in four different categories: Creation + Catalyst and Arts Access + Youth Arts. Arts Access and Youth Arts are two different categories open to both arts-focused and non-arts nonprofit organizations. Projects in these categories target under-invested communities in Nashville who for a number of reasons have barriers accessing arts opportunities. An applicant organization can apply in only one of these categories per year.

Creation and Catalyst funds are reserved for arts-focused organizations who are eligible for operating support funds. Creation funds support the development of new works while Catalyst funds are designed to support organizations with capacity-building and sustainability planning activities.

Not sure what you might be eligible for? Check out the Grant Eligibility Map.

Don't forget! Giving Matters -- A completed and updated profile is required in order to apply for Metro Arts grants.