Metro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to invest in community arts through grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations through operating and project-based support. 

Grant partners: find our most-requested forms and reports on our Partner Tools page

2023 Metro Arts Grants

2023 Tennessee Arts Commission ABC Grants

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. ABC Grants are up to $3,500 per organization, funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission through sales of specialty license plates, and allocated in Davidson County by Metro Arts. Please contact with ABC questions.

Grants History 

2022 Metro Arts Grants

2022 Tennessee Arts Commission ABC Grants

2021 Metro Arts Grants

2021 Tennessee Arts Commission ABC Grants

2020 Metro Arts Grants

2020 Tennessee Arts Commission ABC Grants