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Grants to Connecticut Arts Nonprofits and Municipal
Arts Departments for General Operating Support

Supporting Arts Grant Program

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

Deadline Date:

08/01/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts departments for general operating support. First-time applicants must contact the funding source to confirm eligibility prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to be flexible and give the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

Supporting Arts 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153666

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New for FY23: Grant awards will be proportional to organizational operating expenses for their last completed fiscal year and will be calculated based on a combination of operating expenses and available funds. The minimum grant award is $1,000. The maximum grant award will be dependent on available funding and the number of eligible applicants. All eligible applicants will receive funding.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds may be expended on eligible expenses between the period of October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be either a Connecticut Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department.

An arts organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that 1) has the arts explicitly stated as a center part of its core mission, vision, focus and legal purpose; 2) creates, performs, presents or promotes artistic programming and/or services* and 3) at least 51 percent of its annual expenditures are allocated specifically to its artistic programming and/or services.
*Artistic activities shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts.

Additional criteria required for an Arts Organization applying to the Supporting Arts grant program:
- Have minimum annual operating expenses of $5,000
- Have documentation of income and expenses for the organization's last completed fiscal year
- Be registered with the CT Secretary of the State to do business in Connecticut as a legal nonprofit entity and be in Good Standing
- Primary place of business and operations in Connecticut

Municipal Arts Department: A municipal arts department is a Connecticut municipal government entity, such as a Commission on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs or other specifically designated office with the purpose to conduct and/or support artistic programming and/or services.

Additional criteria required for a Municipal Arts Department applying to the Supporting Arts grant program:
- Have a dedicated allocation in the municipal budget for arts and cultural support, artistic programming, and/or services
- Employ at least one (1) person who is assigned to and responsible for overseeing the funding for and administration of artistic programming and/or services
- Have minimum annual operating expenses of $5,000
- Have documentation of income and expenses for the department's last completed fiscal year

- An organization with a fiscal sponsor. An arts organization must have its own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to apply to Supporting Arts
- Organizations that receive Directed Local Funds (a.k.a Line Items) in the Biennial State Budget
- Organizations allocated legislatively directed carry-forward funds in the FY22-23 State Budget
- Organizations allocated American Rescue Plan Act funds in the FY22-23 State Budget

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
- Expenses for programs that occur in spaces that are not ADA compliant

Contact Information:

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

First-time applicant registration:

Returning applicants:

For information or if you have questions, contact Rhonda F. Olisky via email at

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

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