ArtsBuild Grants Guidelines

Community Cultural Connections
Grant Guidelines
Community Cultural Connections grant program strives to make arts and culture more accessible to underserved populations in Hamilton County, Tennessee: geographic, ethnic, age, and individuals with disabilities.
The Community Cultural Connections grants are available to community organizations, government entities, neighborhood associations, ethnic/cultural organizations, emerging arts organizations, and faith-based organizations. These organizations do not need to have 501(c)(3)status.

Community Cultural Connections Grant Priorities
ArtsBuild will be prioritizing and encouraging projects that take place in the areas where we have not supported significant engagement over the past five years. We have created a Google map with help from the Chattanooga Design Studio illustrating the geographic reach of our grantmaking, arts education, and arts leadership programs over the past 5 years. We have used this mapping project to help us specifically identify the areas of our county that are currently underserved. 

Moreover, ArtsBuild has also 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 programs taking place in rural communities. 

Follow the links below to take a look at the interactive program map and to find out more information about the Programing Map project and specifics about the Rural Arts Challenge: 
Mission Support 
Grant Guidelines

One of the most valuable relationships in the Chattanooga arts community is the one between ArtsBuild and its community partners. Our strategic plan, to a great extent, revolves around strengthening this relationship and in turn strengthening the arts in Chattanooga.

The Mission Support grant program is designed to support access to the arts by providing general operating funds for eligible and approved arts organizations that have year-round, on-going programs that are vital to the cultural life of the community. These grants are intended to supplement other revenue-earned, contributed to, and generated by the organization. The Mission Support grant provides funding for up to 10% of the budget of an organization's annual operating budget.

To start your application please click the Login Tab to create an organization or individual profile.
Once you complete your profile you can complete your application by clicking the Current Programs & Applications Tab and selecting the appropriate grant.

       Application Schedule & Deadlines
  • March 31, 2021           Mission Support Application Deadline
  • April 19, 2021              Fiscal Review
  • May 17 - 21, 2021       Panel Review
  • June 30, 2021              Announcement of Awards
For all questions, information and consultation please contact:

Miriam Manda, Manager of Grants & Community Engagement 
(423) 777-4214
For application technical support contact: 
Sara Lee Tolbert, Office Manager Administrative Assistant