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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.

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ArtsBuild Artist Emergency Fund

ArtsBuild established this fund as an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist self-employed artists as they are dealing with lost income due to cancelled events, contracts, performances, and projects.

Applications for the Artist Emergency Fund are not open at this time, as the fund has been depleted. As we receive more donations to the fund, we will re-open it for applications and announce it again on social media and on our website.

Click here for results of the fund and some responses from local artists.

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New Class of Holmies

ArtsBuild welcomes the 14th Class of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. This year’s class is made up of people from all sectors – business, education, artists, civic leaders, and community volunteers. We affectionately call our Holmberg Institute graduates "Holmies."

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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.

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color, or national origin. All Tennessee Arts Commission grantees are subject to compliance with this and other applicable federal laws.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination or to request an accommodation, contact Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access at 615-532-9797 or the Tennessee Relay Center at 1-800-848-0298 (TTY) or 1-800-848-0299 (Voice).

ArtsBuild Nondiscimination Policy

No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by ArtsBuild.

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