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THRIVE Community Arts Project Funding

Metro Arts THRIVE Logo

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! The program is 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, and neighborhood transformation.

Funding has been fully allocated for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The THRIVE Funding Application for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) will be made available Monday April 2, 2018. Read over the FY19 THRIVE Funding Guidelines prior to submitting a project proposal.

Upcoming THRIVE FY19 Deadlines

  • Funding Cycle 1: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Funding Cycle 2: Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Funding Cycle 3: Friday November 30, 2018
  • Funding Cycle 4: Friday March 1, 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.

Note: The deadline for Funding Cycle 1 (June 1, 2018), occurs prior to the start of the FY19 (July 1, 2018). All awards recommended for funding are contingent upon Metro Council approval of the Metro Arts Commission's FY19 Operating Budget. No award confirmations can be made prior to July 1, 2018.

THRIVE Coaching Sessions

As part of the THRIVE Guidelines, applicants are required to receive coaching prior to applying for THRIVE. There are three methods of coaching. Applicants can:

  1. Watch the FY19 THRIVE information video
  2. Schedule a phone coaching session with staff
  3. Schedule an in person coaching session with staff

All coaching sessions should be schedule through the THRIVE Artist Coaching link. You will receive an email from staff confirming the location.

THRIVE Application and Supporting Materials

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

Funding Categories

Community Art Sharing Celebration

(up to $3,000)

A Community Art Sharing and Celebration project intentionally shaped the physical and social character and celebrates our Nashville neighborhoods through the sharing of an artistic practice. In this category, the community informs the artist's vision for the work. A competitive application will include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience.

Community Art Co-design + Co-creation

(up to $5,000):

A Community Art Co-design and Co-creation project actively engages participants in the art-making process. These projects must involve a strong, committed partnership between the artist and a specific group, organization or neighborhood. The needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision for the artwork. The artwork should be largely process-based. In this funding category, the public is required to participate in the physical creation and/or design of the artwork.

Public Art + Placemaking

(up to $9500; 5 awards available):

A Public Art and Placemaking project creates temporary and permanent public artworks in a public space. A successful application demonstrate a community need and/or evidence the artist is engaged with a partner, a community, or multiple communities. It should also include a feasible timeline of community co-creation or engagement, installation, removal of the artwork and/or long-term maintenance plan. Projects in this category may have artistic elements that exist beyond the initial installation or performance. A competitive application in this category will also exhibit an intention for social impact beyond a traditional audience experience and/ or show strong committed partnerships between the artist and the specific group, organization, or neighborhood. the needs of the partner and the community should determine the vision fo the artwork. The artwork should be largely process based and the community is required to participate in the physical creation and/ or design of the artwork in this category. This funding category requires the approval of the Metro Art Commission’s Public Art Committee in addition to the Metro Art Commission.

Please note: Due to the amount of funding available to allocate for the remainder of FY19 (ends June 30, 2019), Metro Arts will not be awarding funding in the Public Art + Placemaking category during Funding Cycle 4. Please consider applying for funding in the Community Sharing + Celebration or Community Co-Design + Co-Creation Categories.


  • Individual artists, businesses and organizations that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts in the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funds.
  • Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.
  • For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.


Lauren Fitzgerald, Neighborhood & Artist Development Coordinator