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Connecticut Arts Endowment (CCT) Fund

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

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

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 11:59 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations to support operational and administrative costs, programming, equipment purchase, capital projects, or endowment building. These grants are unrestricted and may be applied to any purpose. Funding from this program is distributed annually to Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations which have received a minimum of $15,000 in contributions in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources.

The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) was established by the Connecticut State Legislature to stimulate the development of private sector funding resources and to ensure the long-term stability of Connecticut’s arts industry by providing funding to organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145394

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are calculated solely on a formula which compares the amount of private sector (non- governmental) contributions raised by the applicant in its two (2) most recent fiscal years. The formula is designed to reward organizations that have experienced a substantial increase in the amount of private contributions during the more recent reporting year.

Year 1 “Prior Fiscal Year”: For the portion of total donor contributions which is equal to $15,000 or more, there shall be a match of 25% of such amount, capped at $250,000.

Year 2 “Most Recent Fiscal Year”: For the portion of total donor contributions which exceeds the total donor contributions for the prior fiscal year, there shall be a match of 100%, capped at $1 million.

If in any fiscal year the total amount of matching grants to be paid exceed the investment earnings of the Arts Endowment Fund, all grants shall be reduced on a pro rata basis.

Term of Contract:

The funding period is April 15, 2018 - October 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization must:
-Have its primary LEGAL purpose, as stated in its Certificate of Incorporation (or other legal documents, be to create, perform, present or otherwise promote visual, performing or literary arts.
-Have obtained tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
-Have received a minimum of $15,000 in private sector contributions (i.e., from corporations, foundations, businesses or individuals) for each of its two most recently completed fiscal years as verified on IRS tax forms.
-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 operation must be in Connecticut.

Ineligible Applicants:
-Organizations whose primary legal purpose is not arts-based
-Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional (e.g. schools, universities, colleges)
-Organizations whose primary purpose is to receive contributions for, or provide funding to, other organizations. (E.g. foundations/charities under Section 509 (a)

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
-Application Deadline: By 11:59 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017
-Award Notification: March 2018
-Funding Period: April 15, 2018 - October 15, 2018
-Final Report Due: Within 60 days of completion of the grant period

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Rhonda F. Olisky

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut