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. 

Changes to Metro Arts Grants for FY22: 

  • The application is a 2-step process: Statement of Intent/Pre-Application and the Full Application.  Complete the Pre-Application (link below) by Wednesday, Feb. 10 to be sent the link to the full application. Both steps are required for all applicants, even those applying for Basic Operating Reverification.

  • Metro Arts will only allocate Operating Grants this year, not Project Grants. This means we are providing grants to Davidson County arts-focused nonprofits only, as they recover from COVID-19 closures and the events of 2020. Previous Project Grant awardees are encouraged to apply for Thrive - more information available this summer!

  • We have a new application system - Submittable! Every applicant will need to make a Submittable account.

  • It's VERY IMPORTANT that organizations use the best contact email for the grant as the Submittable account email because the full application link and all reports will be sent to that email.

  • Questions? Email

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

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