ArtsBuild changing Community Grant process to be more fluid

Community grant money was used for Splash, a series of weekly painting workshops for children integrating art, literacy and history at College Hill Courts on the Westside.
photo One of the Community Cultural Grants was used by Signal Centers Signal Centers to provide movement and music instruction for children and adults with special needs.

It started as a relatively small idea to help fund one-time events, but it has grown into something with the potential to have a long-term impact on arts communities around the city.

ArtsBuild's grants program also has become more nimble, able to give money to an organization any time during the year.

"We started the rolling-grant process last summer," says Julie Jackson, ArtsBuild director of development and communications

In the past, the organization's grant process was built around a static deadline so groups had to plan ahead when making grant requests.