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Grant making is an integral part of ArtsBuild’s mission to build a stronger community through the arts, by giving financial support to local arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations. We want everyone to be inspired by the arts in our community. That takes access, and access takes funding. ArtsBuild grant programs serve "More Arts in More Places for More People."

Grant making is an integral part of ArtsBuild’s mission to build a stronger community through the arts, by giving financial support to local arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations. We want everyone to be inspired by the arts in our community. That takes access, and access takes funding. ArtsBuild grant programs serve "More Arts in More Places for More People".

Mission Support

ArtsBuild supports local arts organizations whose mission is to create and provide year-round arts programs and experiences that are vital to the cultural life of the community. The grants, awarded annually, provide general operating funds to eligible organizations. Mission support grants are designed to support access to the arts and to supplement other earned revenue and contributed income generated by the organization.

A grants review panel made up of volunteers evaluates each organization’s application, heavily weighted on the organization’s efforts to create access to the arts across our community – through outreach, inclusion, and diversity in programming and participation.

Each Mission Support grant recipient enriches Chattanooga and Hamilton County making it a better place to live, work and visit.

Grant Portal

Visit our Grant Portal to learn about available grants through ArtsBuild.

Community Cultural Connections

Community Cultural Connections grants began in 2012 in response to Chattanooga’s city-wide cultural plan Imagine Chattanooga 20/20. The goal of this grant program is to make arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations, inclusive of geographic area, ethnicity, age and individuals with disabilities. Since the program started, grants of up to $2,000 have been made to more than 100 unique organizations, artists, or groups using the arts to make our community a better place.

Arts Build Communities

The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants program is funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered locally by ArtsBuild. ABC grants are designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences. Non-profit organizations in are eligible to apply for matching grant awards that range from $500 to $2,500.

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