Grants available through Arts Build Communities


Organizations seeking funding for arts projects that benefit the community are invited to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant. Jackson Arts Council will host a virtual workshop to assist in filling out the application for the ABC grants at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, via Zoom. Anyone who is interested in attending the online workshop, can reach out to the Arts Council office at 731-423-2787 to register for the Zoom link. ABC Grant applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s online grant system by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 1. The arts projects to be funded must take place from Aug. 16–June 15, 2022.
Organizations applying should be nonprofit and in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization exempt from federal income tax under paragraph 501(c)(3), or the organization can be an entity of government (such as schools, park and recreation departments, or public libraries). Only one application with a single project focus will be accepted per grantee. A one-to-one dollar match is required. Grant requests should be limited to a minimum of $500 with $3,500 being the highest possible grant amount to be awarded. ABC grants fund a variety of art activities, including art exhibits, theatre productions, literary presentations, musical performances, artists in schools and arts festivals. For complete requirements for eligibility, please refer to the grant guidelines. Projects may target youth as participants and can occur within school facilities during or outside of regular school hours. Projects must have a component that is open to public participation.
Jackson Arts Council serves as the designated agency to administer the ABC grants for the Southwest District, which includes Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy Counties. The grant program is funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Jackson Arts Council. The long term objective of the Arts Build Communities Grant is to build communities by nurturing artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. For more information, call the Jackson Arts Council at 731 423-2787 or email
About Jackson Arts Council: The Jackson Arts Council strives to connect and strengthen the arts. More than 45,000 individuals are engaged by the Jackson Arts Council and the Arts Coalition – more than 50 nonprofit arts organizations and organizations that promote art events. Funding for the Jackson Arts Council is made possible by the City of Jackson, Tennessee Arts Commission, and local donor support. Find information about upcoming art events, grant opportunities and find out how to support JAC by visiting