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Grants to Connecticut Organizations, Groups, and Individuals for Arts and Cultural Programming

Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program


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Funding Source
New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: New Haven

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/03/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut organizations, groups, and individuals in eligible areas for arts and cultural programming. Funding is intended for programs and projects that benefit the local economy, encourage social innovation, and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Eligible applicants include arts educators, artists, artisans, craftspeople, producers, creators, arts collaborators, Culture Bearers, and arts supporters. The Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant provides support to arts and cultural programming and services within the city of New Haven.

Under-served populations, mental health programs & facilities; youth & senior programs and centers; hospitals and mixed or lower income housing are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should also consider use of New Haven’s public parks and spaces.

Priorities: More than ever, this work must be grounded with accountability and commitment to equitable systems change. NCV projects are at the core of the city's wellbeing. To that end, a remarkable group of artists, arts activists, leaders, organizers, consultants, and community members who believe in the power of the arts and culture in New Haven came together to develop the Cultural Equity Plan. NCV projects are meant to not only reflect the values of this plan, but also to activate the possibilities and recommendations within it.

Grant Goals:

  • To foster the creation of arts and cultural engagement
  • To strengthen social cohesion by creating opportunities for people of any age to connect and celebrate, both within and across cultures
  • To provide rigorous, professional-caliber arts training opportunities for young people
  • To contribute to the development of equitable and sustainable partnerships and collaborations across the community

NCV will invest in projects that:

  • Advance the impact and overall strength of the cultural ecosystem of New Haven.
  • Are designed and implemented in alignment with the New Haven Cultural Equity Plan.
  • Show an opportunity for sustainable, long-term impact.
  • Elevate historically unsupported culture holders, creatives, and artists residing in New Haven.
  • Support active engagement and integration of disparate neighborhoods, communities, and sub-cultures of New Haven.
  • Align with the financial and human resource capacities of the Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and the City Departments as a whole.

2022 NCV Award Categories:

  • Idea Awards
  • Creating Space Awards
  • Start Up Awards
  • Growth Awards
  • Learning & Teaching Awards
  • Evolution Awards
  • Magnitude & Bond Awards

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant Requirements:
- Must be a resident of New Haven or an organization based in or serving New Haven
- Must not be employed by the City of New Haven departments, agencies, commissions, or be a member of the board of education.
- Youth groups are eligible to apply. Groups must have an adult advisor.
- 501(c)3 status is not required to apply to the NCV program. Individuals and unincorporated groups may apply for support.

The NCV Program Focuses on Five Categories of Applicants:
- Artists, arts collaborators, creators, & producers: This includes any individual, group, or organization with the talent and skills to conceptualize and produce creative arts output.
- Artisans and crafts people: This includes any individual, group, or organization that uses traditional methods to create distinctive products by hand.
- Culture Bearers: Culture Bearers are individuals who consciously embody culture and act to share it with others. This includes individuals who carry a group's culture, and diffuse cultural values and traits between neighborhoods and disparate groups of people.
- Arts Educators: Arts Educators facilitate learning in and through the arts. This can be to other disciplines, or to complement existing education models, or in leading communities in the discovery and understanding of how we behave, what we think, and the possibilities that live within us.
- Arts Supporters: Individuals in this group may be businesses or venues that offer space for artists, or organizations who value arts and culture as integral to their programmatic offerings and thus collaborate with artists and creators.

NCV Award recipients of the 2020 and 2021 program are eligible to apply to the 2022 program.

- No part of the grant may be used for reimbursement of expenses prior to the applicant notification date.

NCV Grants are not available for the following:
- Programs, projects or events not accessible to the public.
- Benefits, fundraisers, or awards programs.
- Programs that are part of a religious service
- No part of the grant may be used to directly or indirectly to participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office, or to support or promote, directly or indirectly terrorism or violent acts.
- Construction, purchase, or renovation of facilities (design fees, preparing space for an exhibit, installation or deinstallation of art, and community planning are eligible)
- Cash reserves or endowments.
- Deficit or debt reduction efforts.
- Tuition assistance.

Pre-Proposal Conference
2022 Grant Writing Sessions - Virtual
Join From Idea to Funded Project a free virtual grant writing course through Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Sessions are offered weekly from 6:30-8:30pm. To participate register at for access to session documents, recordings and access to course instructor.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is Monday, October 3, 2022.

Important Dates:
- Application Deadline: Oct. 3, 2022
- Award Announcement: Nov. 1, 2022
- Final Report Deadline: Oct. 31, 2023

NCV Grants fund up to 70% of the total project cost. Diversified funding is a requirement - meaning the City of New Haven is not the only funder for the project. Additional funding can include donated products, services, or space usage.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Idea Awards: $1,000 - $2,500.
- Creating Space Awards: $1,000 - $2,500
- Start Up Awards: $2,500 - $5,000
- Growth Awards: $2,500 - $5,000
- Learning & Teaching Awards: $2,500 - $5,000.
- Evolution Awards: $2,500 - $5,000.
- Magnitude & Bond Awards: $5,000 - $10,000

Term of Contract
The 2022 Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program project period is October 3, 2022 - November 1, 2023.

Contact Information
To access the application visit to set up your account. Once the account has been verified the application can be completed.

For more information about the grant program contact:
Kim Futrell
Community Outreach Coordinator

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