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Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF)

Grants to Connecticut Arts Nonprofits to Support
Capital Projects, Operations, and Programming

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Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development - Office of the Arts (COA)

Deadline Date:

12/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations to support operational and administrative costs, programming, equipment purchases, capital projects, and endowment building. First-time applicants must confirm eligibility and complete required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to ensure the long-term stability of the State's arts industry. Artistic activities include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films, and allied arts and crafts.

Connecticut Arts Endowment  grants provide unrestricted funds that may be used for a wide variety of operational and program functions, including but not limited to:

  • Staff Salaries
  • Payments to contracted artistic, technical or administrative professionals
  • Production, travel, telephone, shipping and postage costs
  • Space rental; occupancy costs (maintenance, security, insurance, utilities, etc.)
  • Printing, advertising and marketing costs
  • Evaluation services and documentation (photo, video, audio, collection of statistical information, etc.)
  • Travel and conference registration expenses for staff and/or volunteers to attend local, regional or national relevant industry conferences, workshops, retreats, clinics, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145394

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants do not specify a grant request amount. Grant awards are calculated solely on the following formula:
- Year 1 "Prior Fiscal Year": For the portion of donor contributions which is equal to $15,000 or more but does not exceed the total donor contributions for the prior fiscal year, there shall be a match of 25% of such amount, capped at $250,000.
- Year 2 "Most Recent Fiscal Year": For the portion of the total donor contributions that exceeds the total donor contributions for the prior fiscal year, there shall be a match of 100%, capped at $1 million.

If the total amount of matching grants to be paid exceeds the investment earnings of the Arts Endowment Fund, all grants shall be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: April 15, 2021 - October 15, 2021. Grant funds must be expended within the funding period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An arts organization is defined as an organization whose core mission, vision, focus, and legal purpose, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, articulate a commitment to create, perform, present or promote artistic activities* AND at least 51 percent of its annual fiscal expenditures are allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programs/services, and arts-based initiatives.

Additional criteria required:
- Raised more than $15,000 in donor contributions from private-sector, non-governmental sources* for two (2) consecutive fiscal years, one of which is the organization's most recently completed fiscal year;
- Filed, prior to the application due date, an IRS Form 990 or IRS Form 990-EZ that substantiates total donor contributions;
- Have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Be incorporated in Connecticut as a not-for-profit for at least two (2) years prior to the application due date;
- Primary place of business and operations in Connecticut; and
- Have a current Certificate of Good Standing (aka Certificate of Legal Existence) from the Connecticut Secretary of State's Office.

Grant funds cannot be used for:
- Expenses incurred outside of the funding period
- Brick and mortar or capital improvements/construction
- Elimination or reduction of existing debt
- Benefits, fund-raisers, and social events
- Scholarship assistance for academic or non-academic programs
- Political contributions
- Lobbying activities
- Legal fees
- Religious programming, activities or paraphernalia

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- Application Deadline: By 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2020
- Award Notification: Mid/Late February 2021
- Funding Period: April 15, 2021 - October 15, 2021
- Final Report Due: On or before November 15, 2021
- FY20 Final Report Due: On or before January 1, 2020 (extended due to new online platform

A first-time (new) applicant to the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund must confirm eligibility as an arts organization before applying. Send a copy of the organization's Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and IRS determination letter to the program's manager Rhonda Olisky. Applicants must register with the grants portal.

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

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Rhonda Olisky

Applicants requiring alternative formats should reach out to COA's Accessibility Coordinator, Tamara Dimitri by email at

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