Dear Memphis Non-Profits,

ArtsMemphis is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a designated
agency for the administration of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s (TAC)  newly
reinstated and very popular Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants. ArtsMemphis
will administer the grant program for eligible organizations in Shelby,
Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties. Through the ABC grant program, the
Commission seeks to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to
arts experiences, address quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance
the sustainability of cultural experiences.

With funding from the Tennessee General Assembly, ABC grants offer financial support
for community building arts projects in all arts disciplines as recognized by
the TAC, including dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts,
design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and
folk arts.

According to Shannon Ford, director of community arts development for the
Commission, “ABC grants provide innovative arts experiences that are new or
unfamiliar to community residents, and allow for the development of arts
programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement.”

Applicants must be state-recognized, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations or
government entities and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match
towards the proposed project. Awards range from $500 to $2,000. The application
deadline is 4:30 p.m. (CT) on Monday, July 1. ArtsMemphis will host a free
grant workshop for interested applicants at the Buckman Performing Arts Center
at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Extd., from 10:00-11:30 on Thursday,
June 6.

Organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit
the community can download grant guidelines and an application at www.artsmemphis.org/grants-services/for-grantseekers/ or the TAC website at www.tn.gov/arts/community_arts_abc.htm.
For more information about the ABC grants, please contact Parke Kennedy at
901/578-2787 or pkennedy@artsmemphis.org

Warmest Regards,

Parke Kennedy