East Tennessee Foundation Announces Arts Fund Grant Opportunities

January 12, 2018

Online Letters of Intent will be accepted beginning January 16

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) will begin accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for its Arts Fund grant program on January 16th. Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities in order to be eligible for funding. 

LOIs must be submitted online to ETF no later than February 16, 2018.  In April 2018, a select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, and two-year grants will be awarded in August. Grant awards will primarily range from $5,000 - $12,000.

The Arts Fund was established by East Tennessee Foundation in 1986.  It serves as a source of funds to support excellence in the arts, expand access to the arts, and connect artists with each other and with East Tennessee communities. Special consideration will be given to organizations whose projects accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Extend arts opportunities to under-served populations (such as rural, ethnic, low-income)
  • Bring the arts into the everyday lives of the general public through public art displays and performances (such as murals, free or random public performances, and sculptures)
  • Partner with minority or underrepresented artists.

Interested organizations are encouraged to attend one of two technical assistance workshops which will provide valuable insight into the grantmaking process and the types of programs that the Arts Fund seeks to fund.  Workshops will be held on Thursday, January 25, 10:30 a.m. - Noon, in Jonesborough at the International Storytelling Center (116 W. Main Street), and on Friday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. - Noon, in Knoxville at the Public Defender's Community Law Office (1101 Liberty Street.) 

An overview of the grants programs and access to the LOI are available online at www.easttennesseefoundation.org on the Arts Fund grants page of ETF’s website.                    

East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee with a mission of enriching lives and strengthening communities in East Tennessee.

For more information or to RSVP for a workshop, please contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs or Ashley Siferd, Program Assistant, by phone at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at (877) 524-1223, or by email at jelston@etf.org or asiferd@etf.org