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In order to support Nashville’s arts ecosystem, Metro Arts provides operating support to arts organizations for the FY25 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; and deeper cultural participation.Applicants scores are determined a community grant panel. Funding allocations are made by the Metro Arts Commission depending on funding availability. The Metro Arts Commission reviews all proposed awards before voting to approve. All funding is contingent upon Metro Council approval of Metro Arts’ General Operating Budget.


FY25 Grant Guidelines

FY25 Scoring Rubric


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

We strive to provide individuals with disabilities and all community members with equitable access to Metro Arts opportunities. To request accommodations, please complete this form. You may also contact Skylar Peterson at 615-862-6721, TTY Relay Service 800-848-0298.

Grant History 






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