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In order to support Nashville’s arts ecosystem, Metro Arts is continuing to provide operating support to arts organizations for the FY24 grant cycle. Operating grants support nonprofit organizations of all sizes and supports them in work that addresses one or more of the community outcomes:

  • Stronger Creative Workforce

  • Vibrant, Creative Neighborhoods

  • Deeper Cultural Participation



2024 Metro Arts Operating Grants

FY24 Grant Application - Deadline to apply is Monday, March 20, 2023!

FY24 Grant Guidelines

FY24 Scoring Rubric

Metro Arts FY24 Proposed Grant Changes - PowerPoint Presentation

Metro Arts FY24 Proposed Grant Changes - Zoom Recording

Need support as you are completing your application? Join us for any or all of the February events below!

  • Q&A/Resource-Sharing Event: Friday, 2/3 from 12-1:30pm CST at the Metro Arts Office (1417 Murfreesboro Pike), Antioch Room.  If you’re new to the grants process or want to connect with Metro Arts staff, this is for you! We are holding an informal space for you to ask questions about the grant processes, timelines, support systems, and anything else. Email Dana Parsons if you plan to attend. 

  • Virtual Grant Workshop: Wednesday, 2/15 from 10-11am CST. Join us for an overview of the operation grant process, including eligibility, application process, technical assistance, and clarifications on any grant updates and changes. Email Jonathan Saad for the virtual meeting link.

  • Grant Clinics (multiple times available): We invite applicants to sign up and walk through their application with Metro Arts staff to (1) ask questions, (2) answer clarifying questions, and, if applicable, (3) elevate a draft of the application responses. Time is open to connect directly with the needs of the individual or organization.  Sign up here using Calendly or email Jonathan Saad.

If you are interested in project support, please visit our Thrive program, (Application opening soon.)

Grant partners: Find our most-requested forms and reports on our Partner Tools page.  If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Saad, Grants Manager, at

Grants History 




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