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Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program

Grants to New Haven, Connecticut Artists and Nonprofit
Arts Organizations to Enhance Arts and Culture

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New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism

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12/18/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 are available to New Haven, Connecticut artists and arts and cultural organizations working with community-based, youth, or senior organizations to support projects in the areas of arts programming, cultural heritage, and arts education.

Projects considered include performances, productions, festivals, film, public art projects (proposed mural or other public art projects must be reviewed and discussed with arts, culture and tourism staff prior to submission of an application), arts-focused apprenticeships, arts-focused workshops or training

The Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant provides support to arts and cultural programming and services within the city of New Haven. Communities include under-served populations, mental health programs, and facilities; youth & senior programs and centers; hospitals and mixed or lower-income housing are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should also consider the use of New Haven’s public parks and spaces.

The goals of the grant are 1) to foster the creation of arts (visual art, music, dance, theater, etc.); 2) to strengthen social cohesion by creating opportunities for people of any age to connect and celebrate, both within and across cultures; 3) to provide rigorous, professional-caliber arts training opportunities for young people; 4) To contribute to the development of equitable sustainable partnerships and collaborations across the community.

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GrantWatch ID#: 134007

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000 in financial support.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: January 22, 2020– December 20, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals who are presenting, teaching or practicing artists and non-profit arts or cultural organizations working with underserved neighborhood-based communities in the City of New Haven are eligible to apply.

Youth groups submitting proposals must have an adult adviser.

City of New Haven Departments, Agencies, Commissions or the Board of Education are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Cultural Affairs Commission will host a series of Grant Information Sessions at the New Haven library branches. All new applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one (1) of the offered information sessions. Additionally, first-time applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the free grant writing workshop series at Stetson Branch Library. The next scheduled sessions are for November 13, 20 and November 23, 2019.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Nov. 20, 2019: Deadline Intent to Apply Form
- Dec. 18, 2019, at 5:00 PM: Deadline Grant Applications
- Jan. 21, 2020 Notification of Results
- Jan. 22, 2020- Dec. 20, 2020: Project Period/Site Visits
- Dec. 29, 2020: Deadline Final Report

Proposed mural or other public art projects must be reviewed and discussed with Arts, Culture & Tourism staff
prior to the submission of an application.

The City of New Haven cannot be the sole funder of a project. Applicants should seek out other forms
of support (including in-kind not to exceed 50% of other forms of support)

Personalized assistance with completing the grant application is available by appointment.

Individuals/Organizations may submit only one (1) application for funding consideration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please mail or deliver proposals to the following address:
City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism
Attn: Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant
165 Church Street, 6th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

For more information about the grant program contact:
Kim Futrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 203.946.7172

Grant Coverage Areas:

New Haven

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