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THRIVE Community Arts Project Funding

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THRIVE is a funding program, which began in 2014 and has supported more than 600 Nashville-based artists and 120 community projects throughout the city!

Mission and Vision of Metro Arts and THRIVE

THRIVE is a funding program designed to build, strengthen, and cultivate communities in Nashville and Davidson County by supporting artist-led projects that encourage:

  • artistic and cultural experiences
  • community investment
  • neighborhood transformation

The THRIVE program reflects Metro Arts’ mission to drive an equitable and vibrant city through the arts.

Upcoming THRIVE FY20 Deadlines

  • Funding Cycle 1: Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funding Cycle 2: Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funding Cycle 3: Friday, November 15, 2019

If Metro Arts’ THRIVE funding is not fully expended by the final application deadline, applications will be accepted on a monthly rolling deadline until funding is fully allocated.

THRIVE Coaching Opportunities

As part of the the FY20 THRIVE Guidelines, applicants must:

  1. view the THRIVE Online Webinar.
  2. attend a THRIVE Artist Salon and Coaching Workshop: Join us at One Drop Ink on Monday, June 24, 2019, from 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. to learn about past arts engagement, and have an opportunity to ask staff questions about applying to the program.
  3. schedule a phone meeting to discuss your project as it relates to the THRIVE funding program.

THRIVE Application and Supporting Materials

Norf Wall Fest @ McGruder
Norf Wall Fest @ McGruder Photo Credit: Keep 3

All applicants may apply for up to $9,500

Funds can be used for Artist Fees, Project Coordinator Fees, and Non-Durable Project/Program Supplies.

Funds cannot be used for Capital Improvements or Equipment Purchases, Reduction of Debts, Food or Beverage, Activities or Programs with Religious Content, Political Lobbying Activities, Fundraising Events, Purchase of Property, Performance Space/Facility Rental, Marketing and Promotion or Durable Program/Project Supplies.

THRIVE Project Requirements

Successful projects will align with THRIVE’s goals and objectives by:

  • promoting artistic excellence
  • impacting neighborhoods
  • actively engaging residents through community input in project planning, decision-making, and art-making
  • Partnerships with other artists, organizations, businesses and/or neighborhood groups are required.
  • Projects must be open to the public, accessible and welcoming to people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and ability.
  • Applicants must obtain all permits, licenses, and permissions necessary for their project and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a background check when working with youth or in youth settings. Funding may be contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply for funds for one project per year (12 month period).
  • THRIVE projects must be completed within the fiscal year for which they are funded.
  • Fully designed artworks are not fundable. A community design process must inform some aspect of the art.
  • Projects resulting in a public artwork require the approval of the Metro Arts Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Arts Commission. Public art projects also require a plan for long-term maintenance and/or removal of the artwork.

Applicant Eligibility


  • Individual artists that reside or primarily work in Davidson County (artists may be asked to provide proof of residency).
  • For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals or a group of artists who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television, theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional artistic history.
  • Businesses and organizations that are located in Davidson County
  • Organizations must have a professional artist identified to lead the project
  • Individuals who are 18 years of age.

Not eligible:

  • Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts
  • Projects being funded by any grant administered by Metro Arts
  • Artists who are under contract for public art commissions
  • Applicants (or immediate family/household members) who are serving as an employee of Metro Nashville Davidson County or Metro Nashville Public Schools or who are serving as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners or Public Art Committee

Eligibility is determined at the discretion of Metro Arts.


Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator