The Arts Build Communities grant program provides $3,000-$7,000 matching support to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution.
This grant program supports projects that address local community need through arts-based projects. This program recognizes the role that the arts play in the broad cultural, social, educational, economic and tourism sectors of community life. Support is provided to arts and other community-based organizations to form local partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local challenges, issues, needs and opportunities.
The Arts Build Communities Program prioritizes projects that provide access to the arts for underserved communities. This includes communities that currently or historically face systemic barriers as defined by, but not limited to, geography, race/ethnicity, tribal affiliation, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, age (youth and aging people), sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.
The ABC Program fosters partnerships which strengthen arts engagement, access and involvement in communities. Successful projects demonstrate building local capacity to strengthen the arts in a community through these local partnerships.
Projects must support the integration of the arts and artists with community goals and may include new initiatives, new program development, cultural tourism and the expansion of existing arts and community development projects. Pre-development, design fees and community planning activities are eligible in this program.
The Arts Commission understands planning and implementing projects is difficult during the impacts of COVID-19 and the uncertain future. We intend to provide flexibility as project timelines change, allow for pilot approaches to service delivery models (including virtual programming), and encourage new ways of thinking about access and impact. The Arts Commission is committed to supporting the success of projects during this unique time.