Nano Grants

Nano Grants are $250 low-risk grants for individuals who have a creative idea to bring people together, create a sense of place, and strengthen their community in Chattanooga.

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Causeway believes that anyone, in any neighborhood who has an idea for social change should have access to the resources they need to act on that opportunity. Through our Nano Grants program we offer $250 grants to any individual who has a creative idea to bring people together, create a sense of place, and strengthen their community. Nano Grants are meant to remove barriers, encourage experimentation, and empower grassroots leaders to take action piloting their idea on a small scale.



Projects must be implemented in Chattanooga and led by residents of Chattanooga.

Project funding cannot be used for projects that are already completed or partially underway.

Project funding cannot be used as a small piece of a much larger budget.

The project must have a positive benefit for the community.

The project must bring Chattanoogans together, build a sense of community, celebrate our differences, and/or foster community pride in a creative way.

The project has to have something new and innovative that sets it apart.

The project must include a free, publicly accessible element.

Application Process

Nano Grants are meant to encourage fast action. You will hear back from the funding committee within 10 days of your application, and projects must be completed within 3 months after receiving the funding. Project leaders can only receive a Nano Grant once every 12 months.

This program is inspired by the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, Kentucky.

If you are more comfortable writing out your application you can print this PDF version and bring it by our office, or mail it to us at:

16 Patten Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37402


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Example Projects

What can actually be accomplished with $250? More than you might think. Here are just a few examples of low-budget projects that we love.


How many Nano Grants are available?

We have limited funding for Nano Grants. In order to make them available all year long, we will give out up to 10 Nano Grants a quarter. If you apply for a grant after funding for that quarter has run out, we will notify you and your application will be held for the next round of funding.

Do projects have to take place in Chattanooga city limits?

No. Nano Grants are available to anyone living in the greater Chattanooga area including Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Rossville, East Ridge, and Ooltewah. If you have questions about your location, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Can I apply for a Nano Grant as an individual?

Yes! Nano Grants exist to empower people to be able to create the change they want to see in their own neighborhood. You do not have to be a 501c3 organization to receive a Nano Grant.

Can I apply for a Nano Grant as a nonprofit?

Yes! As long as your idea is new, creative, and can be fully accomplished with $250, you are welcome to apply for a Nano Grant. We will not fund things that are a small piece of a much larger project.