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Fellowships to Connecticut Administrators at Arts Nonprofits for Career Advancement Activities

Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship


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Funding Source
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/05/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $2,500 to Connecticut administrators at nonprofit arts organizations for career advancement opportunities. Funding is intended to defray the cost of activities related to professional development, including conferences, workshops, coaching, travel, and training.

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship provides funding to advance careers in arts administration. Arts administration is the field that concerns the business operations of an arts organization, including but not limited to staff management, public relations, marketing, budget/fiscal management, board development, fund-raising, program development, and evaluation. 

Funds may be used toward expenses directly related to professional development activities, including but not limited to:

  • Tuition or registration fees for workshops, conferences, and training
  • Fees to work directly with a consultant or career coach
  • Travel and hotel costs associated with attending a workshop, conference, or training.

Special consideration will be given to professional development requests that support and/or align with COA’s READI goals. For additional information, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An individual must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a Connecticut resident;
- Be an arts administrator or an individual who aspires to become an arts administrator;
- Have a minimum of two (2) years and less than ten (10) years of experience in the arts, not necessarily in the field of arts administration.

The program’s focus is on individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in arts administration roles and/or live in a Distressed Municipality or a CT Rural Town.

Ineligible expenses:
- Funding to offset the applicant’s regular salary or wages
- Funding to offset general operating costs of the applicant’s affiliated arts organization
- Costs incurred outside the funding period.

Estimated Size of Grant
An applicant may request up to $2,500.

Term of Contract
Funds must be used during the funding period of May 1, 2023- April 30, 2024.

Contact Information
New Applicants are required to register at


Direct questions to Rhonda F. Olisky at

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

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