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ARTE-accesible Grant Program

Grants to Connecticut Arts Agencies and Nonprofit Arts Organizations
to Enhance the Accessibility of Arts Programming

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

Deadline Date:

12/14/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to Connecticut municipal arts departments and nonprofit arts organizations to increase the accessibility of arts programming. Funding is intended to enhance local arts programs in order to increase the participation of individuals of all abilities.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to making services and programs open and accessible to all persons, with and without disabilities, and to all individuals regardless of language. The purpose of the ARTEaccesible program is to provide grants to Connecticut Arts Organizations and Municipal Arts Departments to support proposals that enhance their program offerings and provide greater participation and understanding in the arts by people of all abilities.

Grants may be used to support:

- Program and service offerings to improve the experience for audiences of all abilities.
- Staff training and internal resource support to carry out accessible programs and services.
- Support career development of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability

Grant requests may include one or more of the activities listed below. The list provided is a sampling of eligible activities and is not a comprehensive list.

Programs & Services: External - Increase the attendance and enhance the experience for audiences of all abilities:

- Assisted Listening Device
- Language Translations
- Screen Reader Capability
- Audio/Video Description
- Mobility Services
- Touch / Tactile offerings
- ASL Interpreter
- Large Print materials
- Braille
- Safe Space
- Sensory Friendly

Planning & Training - Internal – provide staff with training and resources to carry out accessible programs and services:

Staff Training:
- Customer services for front of house staff: docents, ticket booth, ushers, etc.
- Curatorial and artistic direction training to develop performances and/or exhibits that are accessible to all.
- Marketing and development staff training for improved outreach and communications.

Planning for Accessibility:
- Identify short-term and long-term improvements and implement strategies to reach accessible goals.
- Evaluate existing assets and develop plans to recognize and strengthen these assets.
- Consider Social, Built, and Technology environments as part of Universal Design improvements.
- Emergency preparedness planning - evacuate individuals with disabilities and individuals with language barriers.

Artist Engagement:

Support the career development of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability:

- Artist fees
- Professional service fees/resources to support the artist(s) engaged in the proposed activity

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will insist upon using the lenses of relevance, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion to guide programmatic and investment decisions within the framework of artistic excellence. For more information, see the link provided in Pre-Application Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184770

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may request between $500 and $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding Period is from March 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Connecticut Arts Organizations:
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/or 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.

Additional criteria required for an Arts Organization applying to the ARTE-accesible grant program include:

- Be incorporated in Connecticut as a legal nonprofit entity
- Its primary place of business and operations must be in Connecticut
- Have a current Certificate of Good Standing (aka Certificate of Legal Existence) from the Secretary of the
State’s Office

*Artistic activities shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts.

Municipal Arts Departments
For the purpose of the ARTE-accesible 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 arts 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 ARTE-accesible 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) professional staff person dedicated to this office with the position funded at no less than 20 hours per week.

Ineligible Applicants include:

- Applicants with incomplete or late submissions
- Applicants with past due final reports from any past COA programs
- Organizations that receive Directed Local Funds (aka Line Items)

ARTE-accesible funds DO NOT support construction activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline (Dates are subject to change):

- Deadline: December 14, 2018, on or before 11:59 pm
- Notification: Mid-February, 2019
- Funding Period: March 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019
- Final Report: October 15, 2019 or 15 days following completion of project, if sooner.

Project activities MUST occur during the funding periods noted above. Note: The fiscal year 2019 program is operating as a pilot program under an accelerated schedule.

DUNS Number Requirement
All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number is a unique nine-character identification number that is required on applications for any grant administered by COA that includes National Endowment for the Arts dollars. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process.

COA's Equity, Inclusion and Access Statement:

Glossary of application terms:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For more information or questions, please contact Tamara Dimitri via email at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut