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FY21 THRIVE Funding

Grants to Tennessee Artists, Businesses, and Organizations in
Eligible Locations for Arts Projects that Strengthen Communities

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Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

Deadline Date:

01/26/21 12:00 PM


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Grants to Tennessee individual artists, businesses, and organizations in eligible locations for arts projects that cultivate, strengthen, and build communities. Applicants must attend a virtual workshop or participate in a consultation with staff prior to applying. Partnerships with other artists, organizations, businesses, or neighborhood groups are required. Applicants must be located in Nashville or Davidson County.

THRIVE supports artist-led projects that encourage:

  • Artistic and cultural experiences
  • Community Investment
  • Neighborhood transformation

The THRIVE program reflects Metro Arts' mission to drive an equitable and vibrant city through the arts. 

Successful projects will align with THRIVE’s goals and objectives by:

  • Promoting artistic excellence
  • Impacting neighborhoods
  • Actively engaging residents through community input in project planning, decision-making, and art-making
  • Exhibiting and promoting cultural equity in its process and content
  • If necessary, adhering to required public health and social distancing protocols

Funds can be used for Artist Fees, Project Coordinator Fees and Non-Durable Project/Program Supplies.

Projects must be open to the public, accessible and welcoming to people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, gender-identity, age and ability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183958

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $9,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within the fiscal year for which they are funded. All projects must be closed out by June 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
Individual artists that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older.
- 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, theater, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.

Businesses and organizations must be located in Davidson County to be eligible to apply.
- Organizational applicants must have a professional artist identified to lead the project.

Not eligible:
- Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts
- Projects being funded by any grant administered by Metro Arts
- Previously funded THRIVE projects
- Artists who are under contract for Metro Arts public art commissions
- Applicants (or immediate family/household members) who are serving as an employee of Metro Nashville Davidson County or Metro Nashville Public Schools or who are serving as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners or Public Art Committee

Previously created artworks, performances or creative content are not eligible

THRIVE funds may not be used for capital improvements or equipment purchases, reduction of debts, food or beverage, activities or programs with religious content, political lobbying activities, fundraising events, purchase of property, performance space/facility rental, marketing and promotion or durable program/project supplies (examples of durable goods include items that will outlast the length of the project: appliances, furniture, musical instruments, electronic equipment, and sporting goods).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-application Consultation Requirement:
- Applicants must attend a virtual THRIVE workshop or schedule a video meeting or phone consultation with Metro Arts staff prior to submitting application.

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1: Applicants submitting by the September 15, 2020 deadline will be notified by late October.
Cycle 2: Applicants submitting by the January 26, 2021 deadline will be notified by mid-March.

- Consultation Period: Pre-application consultation with Metro Arts staff is required. Applicants must attend an online workshop or request a virtual meeting or phone call with a Metro Arts staff member. Cycle 1: 8/24/20 - 9/11/20 Cycle 2: 1/4/21 - 1/22/21

- Application Deadline: This is the deadline for all applications to be submitted. No incomplete applications will be accepted after this deadline. Cycle 1: 9/15/20 at 12pm (noon); Cycle 2: 1/26/21 at 12pm (noon)

- Eligibility and Initial Review: All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for feasibility, eligibility and program alignment by staff. Selected applications will advance to the Community Panel Review. Cycle 1: 9/16/20 – 9/18/20; Cycle 2: 1/27/21 – 2/5/21

- Community Panel Review: A panel consisting of Metro Arts staff, community experts, and at least one professional artist will convene to review and score selected eligible applications. Applicants will be invited to be present during panel review should panelists have clarification questions. Cycle 1: 9/29/20; Cycle 2: 2/19/21

- Funding Recommendations: Panel makes funding recommendations to appropriate committees and Arts Commission Cycle 1: 9/30/20; Cycle 2: 2/23/20

- Recommendations made to Metro Nashville Arts Commission for funding approval: Staff will present committee recommended projects to the commission for final approval. If approved, award announcements will be made after commission meeting. Cycle 1: 10/22/20; Cycle 2: 3/18/21

Final funding decisions are made by the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners at monthly public meetings, which occur on the third Thursday of the month. Applicants are welcome to attend and may listen as staff present proposals and during Commission deliberations. Applicants are not allowed to present to the Commission. Only panel-recommended proposals are presented to Commission

Checks are distributed via US Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of invoice submission to address provided during vendor registration or via ACH direct deposit. Changes of mailing address or banking information after invoice submission can cause substantial delays

Projects are funded on a competitive first-come, first-serve basis.

Applicants are eligible to apply for funds for one project per year (12 month period).

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For assistance or accommodations with Metro Arts THRIVE funding call (615) 862-6802 or email

Physical Address
Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture
Metro Southeast Campus
1417 Murfreesboro Pike
TN 37217

Mailing Address
PO Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

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