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ArtsFirst Grant

Grants to Tennessee and Mississippi Nonprofits
for Community Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtsMemphis and First Tennessee Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/03/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Shelby County, Tennessee and DeSoto and Tate Counties, Mississippi nonprofit arts organizations for activities that will enrich the local cultural environment. Funding is intended for operating support and project support to strengthen arts and culture, environment, health and human services, education and leadership, and financial literacy in the community.

The First Tennessee Foundation focuses contributions to strengthen these vital signs of a strong community:
- Arts and Culture: Promoting excellence and enrichment in the arts
- Education and Leadership: Educating, developing the next generation of leaders
- Environment: A more sustainable tomorrow, future
- Financial Literacy: Investing in the financial future
- Health and Human Services: Improving the well-being of our communities

ArtsFirst grants may be used to support the following activities:
- General Operating Support
- Capital Campaign Support
- Project Support
- Sponsorship
- Scholarship
- Other

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176538

Term of Contract:

The program runs from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with an arts-based mission in Shelby County, Tennessee, DeSoto or Tate County, Mississippi with a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects are eligible to apply. Organizations must have an active and supportive Board of Directors and be organized as a 501(c)3.

If your mission does not solely address art, you are not eligible to apply. Your organizational mission must be focused on an arts discipline only in order to be eligible.

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, 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:

Two Information Session Conference calls will be held:

- Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM
- Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM

Conference Call Registration:

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant application opens: October 1, 2018
- Application Deadline: December 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM
- Earliest proposed program start date: March 1, 2019
- Grant awards announced: March 30, 2019

Beginning this fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019), all organizations that work with anyone under the age of 18 as a participant in your program or in a volunteer capacity will be required to have a board-approved Child Protection Policy in place before ArtsMemphis grant funds will be provided.

Contact Information:

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

Organizations that have not submitted a grant application to ArtsMemphis since July 1, 2018 are required to complete the organizational profile:

Apply online:

Required attachments must be sent to:
Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager

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: Mississippi: DeSoto and Tate Counties;   Tennessee: Shelby County