TN Arts announce grants

The Tennessee Arts Commission announces its popular Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant and will invest over $39,000 in East Tennessee arts projects and programs taking place August 16, 2015 through June 15, 2016. The funding, which will be distributed through the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, provides vital financial support for projects that broaden public access to the arts and enhance the quality and viability of cultural arts experiences.

The ABC grants will be distributed throughout all arts disciplines as recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission, including dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

ABC grants are available through the Arts & Culture Alliance for eligible arts and cultural organizations in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. 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 online application deadline is 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, July 1.

A free grant workshop for interested applicants will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 1:30-3:00 PM at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.  For directions and more information, please call (865) 523-7543.