The Tennessee Arts Commission announces availability of the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants, which will invest in East Tennessee arts projects and programs taking place August 16, 2019 through June 15, 2020.

The funding, administered by Rose Center Council for the Arts in Hamblen County, provides vital financial support for projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises.

The ABC grants will be distributed throughout all arts disciplines as recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission, including dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

ABC grants are available through Rose Center Council for the Arts for eligible organizations in Hamblen, Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke, and Claiborne counties. Applicants must be state-recognized, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations or government entities and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the proposed project.

Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

The online application deadline is 11:59 PM (CST) on Monday, July 1st

A free ABC grant workshop will be held in Cocke County on Tuesday, April 30at 10 a.m. at the Newport Community Center at 433 Prospect Avenue in Newport TN.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Cocke County Partnership – Chamber of Commerce.

A second free grant workshop will be held in Hamblen County on Monday, May 20, from 9 a.m. – noon at Rose Center, 442 W. 2nd North Street, in downtown Morristown.

Interested applicants may download grant guidelines and find more information by visiting the Tennessee Arts Commission’s website at

2019 ABC Grant recipients in the Lakeway Area are as follows: Crossroads Downtown Partnership, Hidden Treasures Academy, Hamblen County Board of Education, Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, Clinch-Powell Conservation and Resource Development Council, Inc, and the Mossy Creek Foundation.

The 2019 ABC recipients will be honored at a celebration reception that will kick-off the workshop on May 20 at Rose Center Council for the Arts at 9 a.m.