Each year the Commission offers competitive grants in several categories to individuals, government, and nonprofit/chartered-in-Tennessee organizations.  Please review the eligibility requirements under the Who Can Apply section before proceeding with application. All applicants are required to read the Legal Requirements before submitting application.  To apply, review Deadlines, Guidelines and eGrant Information below.


Fiscal Year 2015 Rolling Grant Deadlines
For projects occurring before June 30, 2015, these applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the project:
Funds are available in the following categories:

Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Grant Deadlines 
For projects without rolling deadlines occurring July 1, 2015 – Jun 30, 2016, these applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Monday, January 5, 2015                  
Cultural Education Partnership                 
Major Cultural Institution    
Monday, January 12, 2015 (Must contact AE Staff by January 5, 2015 to discuss intent to apply)    
Arts Education Artist-in-Residence
Arts Education Community Learning
Arts Education Teacher Training
Funds for At-Risk Youth

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Arts Access (Must contact AA Director by January 16, 2015 to discuss intent to apply)
Arts Project Support
Partnership Support
Rural Arts Project Support

Monday, January 26, 2015
Individual Artist Fellowship

Wednesday, July 1, 2016
Arts Build Communities





Operational support for arts organizations or
arts educational institutions with prior
Commission funding history




Support for a variety of arts programming




Support for professional artists and
arts administrators




Support for arts educational programming and professional development



All grant applications must be submitted in the eGrant system. Each grant category has specific guidelines with which grant applications must be submitted accordingly. For more information on how to submit a specific grant application, view the guidelines for that category.

For an overview of the grant application process, see the Online eGrant Workshop.

Additionally, the following link may be helpful. eGrant Application Tutorial . These instructions are for general reference only and are patterned on annual grants with January deadlines.  Note: Arts Education and Individual Artist Fellowship guidelines include eGrant instructions specific to those applications.


Application system for Tennessee Arts Commission grants