Grant Programs

ABC Grants

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant is funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Jackson Arts Council for the Southwest District which includes Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy Counties.

The ABC grant program is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. ABC funds may be used to:

The guidelines for FY2018 will be available April 1 online here. Application deadline is June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applications must be submitted through the new online grant software. Make sure to register for the new online software by visiting the Tennessee Arts Commission website here.

A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, in the second floor meeting room of The Ned (314 E. Main Street, Jackson, TN 38301) to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-August.

Once your grant activities have concluded, you will be responsible for submitting an acceptable ABC Evaluation. An acceptable ABC Evaluation will show:

Your final grant payment (60%) will be made after your Designated Agency has reviewed and approved your ABC Evaluation.

PLEASE NOTE: Organizations MUST carry out projects as described in the original grant application. However, circumstances beyond your control may arise. If this happens, submit an email to the Designated Agency with a detailed explanation of why you are seeking approval to change the scope of services as outlined in your application or grant contract, what those changes are, and the perceived impact on the project. Be sure to include the grant application or contract number in the email. You will receive an email notification in response to your request.

ABC Grant Resources

For questions about submitting your ABC Evaluation, contact your Designated Agency:

Melinda Hearn
Jackson Arts Council Executive Director
(731) 423-2787

or one of the following TAC staff members:

Shannon Ford
Director of Community Arts Development
(615) 532-9796

Hal Partlow
Associate Director of Grants
(615) 741-2093

Lee Baird
Grants Analyst/Director of Literary Arts
(615) 532-0493

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JAC Strengthening the Arts Scholarships


The Jackson Arts Council offers scholarships to members of Arts Coalition organizations to attend qualified educational workshops.

For more information on upcoming workshops, call the Jackson Arts Council office.

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