The Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) is a designated agency to administer grant funding through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities program. The Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program is designed to provide support for art projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through arts, or enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural enterprises. The ABC program encourages applications from non-profit organizations and government entities engaged in arts programming. To learn more about the ABC program’s purpose and eligibility requirements, please refer to the guidelines located at:

Successful grant awards will range from $500 to $2,500 and will require a minimum “one to one-dollar match,” meaning the applicant must cover at least half of the cost of a project through other income sources. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CST. The application may only be accessed and completed online and can be found here: Google Chrome is the preferred web browser and is free to download.

An informative workshop will be held at the Upper Cumberland Development District office on June 18 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and between 4-5 p.m. Those wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Tasha Schwenn at the UCDD at (931) 476-4161 or by email at