Small Urban Partnership Support for Art Organizations based in Tennessee

Small Urban Partnership Support (SUPS) provides operating support for qualified arts organizations chartered in one of Tennessee’s urban counties.

Donor Name: Tennessee Arts Commission

State: Tennessee

County: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/10/2022

Size of the Grant: $20,000

Grant Duration: 11 months 15 days


Funding will depend upon an organization’s rating in the review process and upon the total amount of funds available to the Tennessee Arts Commission for grant allocation. This category is competitive. Applicant organization must have a minimum budget of $30,000.

Funding Information

Organizations may request no more than 20% of their total cash operating expenses in their most recently completed fiscal year at the time they submit their application, up to but not exceeding the maximum grant request of $20,000. The SUPS grant requires a one-to-one (1:1) dollar match.

For Operations Occurring

FY2023: July 1, 2022-June 15, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

  • An organization must be legally chartered in Tennessee and have its headquarters and home season, or activities equivalent to a home season for non-producing organizations, in Tennessee, and meet either of the following qualifications: active IRS 501(c)3 status or public arts council that serves a broad population and interacts with local arts organizations.
  • National or regional 501(c)3 organizations, chartered and headquartered in Tennessee, and serving as an umbrella organization applying for funds for another group are restricted to only one application per fiscal year.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated history of funding from the TN Arts Commission. A minimum of three years of Commission funding during the last five years in the following grant categories: Partnership Support, Arts Access, Arts Project Support, Rural Arts Project Support, Creative Placemaking, Arts Education Community Learning, Arts Education Teacher Training, Arts Pathways for Youth Success (formerly FAY), or Arts Build Communities. At least one of those years, must include funding directly from the Tennessee Arts Commission (non-Arts Build Communities funding).
  • Proposed applications must involve one or more Commission recognized art forms, including: visual arts, craft, media, design, music, theater, dance, folk and ethnic, or literary arts. Please see Legal Requirements for further details.
  • All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload the most recent copy of their by-laws. All Nonprofit, 501(c)3 applicants must upload by-laws to their online organization profile during registration, prior to submitting on their application.
  • Arts organizations that receive revenue directly from a “New Specialty Earmarked Plate” under T.C.A 55-4-215 (a) (1) are ineligible for Commission grant funding.

Note: An organization should not apply in this grant category if at the time of application, it is aware they cannot meet all of the above stated requirements.

For more Information, visit Small Urban Partnership Suport.