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Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Community Arts Activities

ArtsFirst Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Tennessee: Shelby County

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/10/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Tennessee nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions for activities that will enrich the local arts and cultural environment. Funding is intended for operating and project support to strengthen arts and culture, education and leadership, environment, health and human services, and financial literacy in the community. Eligible projects should promote excellence and enrichment in the arts in Shelby County.

The First Horizon 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 the Foundation's communities

ArtsFirst grants may be used to support the following activities:

  • General Operating Support
  • Project Support
  • Sponsorship


Additional Eligibility Criteria
ArtsFirst is open to 501(c)(3) organizations in Shelby County with an arts focus, a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects, and an active Board of Directors.

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
October 17, 11:30am: information session, registration required

October 31, November 14, November 28: help sessions 9:00-10:00am, registration required

Pre-Application Information
- Grant Opens: October 6, 2023
- Informational Zoom: October 17, 11:30am
- October 31, November 14, November 28: help sessions 9:00-10:00am
- Grant Deadline: December 10, 2023
- Grant Decisions: April 2024

FY24 ArtsFirst Information Session:

Term of Contract
ArtsFirst grants may be used to support activities after April 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Tracy Lauritzen Wright:

For questions, contact:
Bryce Goodloe, Programs & Operations Manager

Arts Memphis
575 South Mendenhall Rd
Memphis, TN 38117

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