Capital Improvements Grants Available for Tennessee Museums through Program with Tennessee State Museum

Grant Applications Open Now
Friday, June 30, 2023 | 09:35am

Nashville, Tenn. – June 30, 2023 – The Tennessee State Museum will grant out $5 million to Tennessee museums for capital maintenance and improvement projects, the result of an appropriation the Tennessee General Assembly included for
improvements to Tennessee museums in the 2023-24 Appropriations Act. Museums must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or affiliated with a governmental entity. Grant applications are open now.

This appropriation is separate from any other funding provided by the State of Tennessee to a museum and must be used
for the capital maintenance and improvements as described in the grant application. Grants will be reviewed until funding is exhausted. 

“This opportunity for Tennessee museums highlights our state’s commitment to preserving its history, in all three Grand
Divisions and its 95 counties,” said Ashley Howell, executive director of the Tennessee State Museum. “We look forward to acting as a facilitator for the grant and working with our museum colleagues to further improve their facilities, thereby enhancing their service to their communities.”

The Capital Improvement and Maintenance Grant has a minimum amount of $5,000 and a maximum amount of $100,000.  All projects must be completed by June 30, 2024. 

To learn more about the grant and process, including reporting requirements, and apply for a grant, please visit Submission deadline is October 2, 2023. Funding decisions will be announced on November 13, 2023.

About Tennessee State Museum

Celebrating its 86th Anniversary in 2023, the Tennessee State Museum, located on the corner of Rosa L Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, is home to 13,000 years of Tennessee art and history. Through six permanent exhibitions titled Natural History, First Peoples, Forging a Nation, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Change and Challenge and Tennessee Transforms, the Museum takes visitors on a journey – through artifacts, films, interactive displays, events and educational and digital programing – from the state’s geological beginnings to the present day. Additional temporary exhibitions explore significant periods and individuals in history, along with art and cultural movements. The Museum is free and open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on exhibitions and events, please visit


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