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Metro Arts Grants

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Metro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to invest in community arts through grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations through operating and project-based support. In Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Metro Arts provided over $2.4 million in funding to area nonprofits in support of our goals to build a stronger creative workforce, deepen creative participation and inspire dynamic, creative neighborhoods.

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2020 Metro Arts Grants

The deadline to submit applications for FY20 funding will be March 20, 2019, for Basic and Core Operating Support and March 27, 2019, for Arts Access, Youth Arts, Creation, and Catalyst Project Support. See the FY20 Grant Guidelines for more information.

2019 Metro Arts Grants

​The Commission approved FY19 awards on June 21, 2018. A full list is available below.


Metro Arts utilizes an online grants management system called WebGrants. To access current funding opportunities, you must first register as a user in the system. After your user account has been approved by the Metro Arts staff, you will be able to access the application forms for all open grant categories.

Metro Arts awards two different types of grants: operating and project support. 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 by a group of out-of-state adjudicators. The next Basic Operating Support review will be in 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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, Arts Access, and Youth Arts. Arts Access and Youth Arts are two project support 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 organization can apply 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 projects.

Grants Committee

Committee Members

  • Manuel Delgado, Chair
  • Toby Compton
  • Jackie Daniels
  • Bonnie Dow
  • Marielena Ramos

Team Members