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ArtsFirst Grant

Grants to Shelby County, Tennessee
Nonprofits for Local Arts Presentations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtsMemphis and First Tennessee Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Shelby County, Tennessee nonprofit arts organizations for activities that will enrich the local cultural environment. Applicants must complete an organizational profile in an online database by November 16, 2017. Funding is available for both operating support and project support.

Priorities for funding typically emerge based on the scope and focus of the proposals that are received and reviewed by the panel. Proposals should focus on the strategic needs of your organization and how your organization will be serving the needs of the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176538

Term of Contract:

The program runs from March 1 to December 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with an arts-based mission in Shelby County with a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects. Organizations must have an active and supportive Board of Directors and be organized as a 501(c)3.

ArtsFirst grants may not be used to support:
- Individuals
- Trips and tours
- Charities sponsored solely by a single civic organization
- Charities that redistribute funds to other charitable organizations, except in the case of recognized united fund-type organizations
- K-12 schools and solely religious, veteran, social or fraternal organizations
- Political organizations or those having the primary purpose of influencing legislation or promoting a particular ideological point of view
- Operating budget deficits

Pre-proposal Conference:

The First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis held an information session regarding the 2018 ArtsFirst grant opportunity October 6, 2017. Download the pdf presentation below.

How to Build a Profile sessions are held each month at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, 38104.
Thursday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 30, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12, 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to receive support from ArtsMemphis (outside of Arts Build Communities grants), your organization must be registered on Complete or update your profile on no later than November 16, 2017.

If you need assistance registering your organization or your organization has started a profile but needs help, please register for training:

Each applicant organization must complete an organization profile and an ArtsFirst application by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2017.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for profile creation training:

Apply online:

Additional supplemental materials may be sent to:

Tracy Lauritzen Wright

For assistance completing your profile:

Olivia Wilmot, Profile Coach at the Community Foundation for Greater Memphis

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee: Shelby County