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Supporting Arts Grant Program

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

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

Deadline Date:

07/11/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Connecticut nonprofits arts organization 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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size.

- $1,000 – Micro: Organization budget over $5,000 but below $30,000
- $3,000 – Small: Organizational budget over $30,000 but below $100,000
- $7,000 – Mid-Size A: Organizational budget over $100,000 but below $500,000
- $12,500 – Mid-Size B: Organizational budget over $500,000 but below $1.5 million
- $15,000 – Large: Organizational budget over $1.5 million

Term of Contract:

Funding Period for FY22 Supporting Arts grants: October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

A Connecticut Arts Organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit 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 is allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives. 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 an minimum annual operating budget of $5,000;
- Be registered to do business in Connecticut as a legal nonprofit entity; and
- Primary place of business and operations in Connecticut.

Municipal Arts Department: For the purpose of the Supporting Arts grant program, the definition of 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 activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives.

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 activities, programming, services or arts-based initiatives; and
- Employ at least one (1) person who is assigned to and/or responsible for administering arts and cultural activities, programming, services or arts-based initiatives.

- Organizations that receive Directed Local Funds (aka Line Items)
-COA's Designated Regional Service Organizations
- An organization with a fiscal sponsor. An arts organization must have its own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to apply to Supporting Arts.

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:

The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

First-time applicants are required to confirm eligibility before applying by contacting Rhonda Olisky at the email address listed in Contact Information, below.

Supporting Arts grant awards require a minimum 100% cash match.

Contact Information:

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

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

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