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.
Visit our Grant Portal to learn about available grants through ArtsBuild.
ArtsBuild recently created a Google map with help from the Chattanooga Design Studio illustrating the geographic reach of our grant-making, arts education and arts leadership programs over the past 5 years. Additionally, ArtsBuild supports every elementary school in Hamilton County. This project has helped us to identify those areas of our county that are well-served, and those where we may be able to bring more arts to more people.
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.
ArtsBuild has launched a new Rural Arts Challenge within our Community Cultural Connections grant program. The Rural Arts Challenge is one way we are focusing on bringing the arts to this underserved community. Grant funding is available to implement community arts programing taking place in rural communities.
Follow the links below to find out more information about the Rural Arts Challenge:
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."
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.
2021 - 2022 ABC Grant Recipients:
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The new Racial Equity Grant for Individual Artists (REGIA) program renews grant-funded support for artists of color, building upon ArtsBuild’s Equity in the Arts grant program active in 2017 and 2018 and funded by Benwood Foundation. Equity in the Arts grants supported projects led by local Black and Latino artists.
The new REGIA grant program strives to support the work of diverse artists that are reflective of our community and is aimed at providing more racially equitable grant funding in our community. The program is for artists who identify as one or more identity groups: Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino(a)(x), Indigenous (e.g., Native American, Pacific Islander). Each year a different group will be prioritized for grant funding. Award amounts will be up to $10,000.
The first round of grants was made available for artists who identify as Black or African American and are living and working in Hamilton County. Grant funding was made available in three funding categories: Artist Works, Equipment, and Professional Development. Funding for the new program is provided by individual donors, Lyndhurst Foundation, Benwood Foundation, and Footprint Foundation.
In partnership with ArtsBuild, Public Art Chattanooga and the Southeast Tennessee Development District, the Artists Work Grants program provides funding to individual artists, artist studios and non-profit arts organizations to produce artworks for public spaces in Chattanooga. With the sudden loss of audiences, jobs and patrons in the region’s arts sector due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a need for economic stimulus that benefits both the creative sector and the public realm. The program is designed to provide much-needed work and project funding for artists. Funding for the new program is provided by the City of Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation, Benwood Foundation, and the Footprint Foundation.
ArtsBuild has established an ongoing Artist Emergency Fund to help self-employed artists of all disciplines in Hamilton County recover from lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or work opportunities (such as a commission, performance, contract, etc.) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines will be available for future eligibility to apply for funds. The Artist Emergency Fund is supported by individual donors, the Benwood Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, and Footprint Foundation.
The Arts Recovery Fund is designed to help ease the financial burder of startup, grassroots, and small arts and culture non-profit organizations in Hamilton County with annual budgets of less than $50,000. The purpose of this grant is to help small arts and culture organizations to survive and get back on the growth track because they are a vital part of what makes our community a great place to be.
Grant review panels are critical to ArtsBuild’s work of awarding grants. Our grant panels are composed of members of the community who volunteer their time, passion, and experience to review grant application materials and help us make recommendations to select the strongest applicants for each funding opportunity. They work both independently and virtually alongside ArtsBuild staff and board members and other panelists to evaluate grant applications, ensuring an equitable, honest, and thorough review and ranking process.
Serving as a panelist offers individuals an opportunity to more deeply connect with the work of artists and arts organizations involved in our community, insight into the grant-making process, as well as networking opportunities within the arts sector. If you are interested in serving on a grant panel, please fill out an interest form here.
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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