The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is pleased to release the guidelines for its FY19 grant programs! These funding opportunities include:

  • Regional Initiative grants - supports small community arts-based projects.
  • Arts Project grants - supports larger arts-based projects of artistic excellence that engage at least one (1) Connecticut artist in a significant role.
  • Arts Learning grants - supports opportunities that seek to connect PK-12 schools and citizens with arts experience(s) in Connecticut.
  • Supporting Arts grants - provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut's arts organizations or municipal arts departments as they pursues their mission. 
  • Artist Fellowships - provides funding to individual artists so they may pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals. 

See below for more information on each program!

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REGIONAL INITIATIVE (REGI) GRANTS

The  Regional Initiative (REGI) grant program  encourages and supports small community arts-based projects. REGI is a good fit for applicants that intend to use small arts-based projects to engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or projects that bring neighborhoods together.

Grant requests must range between $1,000 - $4,000.

Eligible Applicants:
  • Connecticut Artist - An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor
  • Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
  • 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of conducting successful arts projects 
  • Municipal Department 
  • School District or Individual PK-12 School
  • Library
  • College / University

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 20, 2018
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
ARTS PROJECT GRANTS

The  Arts Project grant program  encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence for Connecticut audiences, communities and participants. 
  • Projects of all artistic disciplines are encouraged.
  • Projects must engage at least one (1) Connecticut artist in a significant project role.
  • Projects should be accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is meant to serve.

Grant requests must range between $5,000 - $15,000.

Eligible Applicants:
  • Connecticut Artist - an artist may apply with a fiscal sponsor OR apply using their legal business entity
  • Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
  • 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of conducting arts projects/programs
  • Municipal Department
  • School District
  • College / University

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 6, 2018
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
ARTS LEARNING GRANTS

The Arts Learning grant program seeks to connect PK-12 schools and citizens with arts experience(s) in Connecticut.

The Arts Learning grant program offers funding through three (3) distinct categories: Arts Access , Connections and Correlations , and Integration .


Arts Access
The  Arts Access category  is for learners of all ages. The Arts Access category provides funding for exposure to the arts through field trips (within CT), school or classroom visits, performance(s),“informance(s)”, and/or lecture demonstrations by artists, artist groups or arts providers.

Grant requests must range between $500 - $1,000.

Eligible Applicants:
  • PK-12 School and affiliated Parent Organization
  • 501(c)(3) arts organization seeking to provide arts access experience(s) in Connecticut
  • Arts program of 501(c)(3) non-arts organization seeking to provide arts access experience(s) in Connecticut

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: Rolling. Program will close when all funds are expended.
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019

Connections and Correlations
The  Connections and Correlations category  is focused on PK-12 school day curriculum. This category is competitive and provides funding for an extension of Arts Access experiences that begin to make connections between arts experience(s) and PK-12 curriculum. Projects may include professional development. Projects engaging a teaching artist(s) MUST engage at least one (1) teaching artist from  COA's Directory of Teaching Artists  in the "Connecting" or "Integrating" category.

Grant requests must range between $3,000 - $5,000.

Eligible Applicants:
  • PK-12 School and affiliated Parent Organization
  • 501(c)(3) arts organization seeking to provide a program(s) connecting to/correlating with PK-12 school day curriculum
  • Arts program of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization seeking to provide a program(s) connecting to/correlating with PK-12 school day curriculum

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 6, 2018
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019

Integration
The  Arts Integration category  is focused on PK-12 school day curriculum. The Integration category is competitive and provides funding for sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines, effectively advancing knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and/or skills in other disciplines. Projects may include professional development. Projects engaging a teaching artist(s) MUST engage at least one (1) teaching artist from  COA's Directory of Teaching Artists  in the "Integrating" category.

Grant requests must range between $5,000 - $10,000.

Eligible Applicants:
  • PK-12 School and affiliated Parent Organization
  • 501(c)(3) arts organization seeking to provide a program(s) directly supporting PK-12 school day curriculum through arts integration

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 6, 2018
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
SUPPORTING ARTS GRANT PROGRAM

The  Supporting Arts grant program  provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut's arts organizations or municipal arts departments as they pursues their mission. This type of grant is flexible rather than for specific projects or programs and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.
 


Eligible Applicants:
An applicant must be either an Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department. Interested applicants should carefully review the definitions in COA's glossary.

Funding:
Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size:

$2,000 - Small: Organizational budget over $30,000 but below $100,000 
$5,000 - Mid-Size A: Organizational budget over $100,000 but below $500,000
$10,000 - Mid-Size B: Organizational budget over $500,000 but below $1.5 M 
$12,500 - Large: Organizational budget over $1.5 million 

Supporting Arts grants are competitive and awards are contingent on a review process. Applicants are not guaranteed funding.

Guidelines: PDF
Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 27, 2018
Funding Period: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS (FY19)
 
The  Artist Fellowship program  encourages the continuing development of Connecticut artists.  The program provides competitive Artistic Excellence grants of $5,000; Artist Fellowship grants of $3,000; and Emerging Recognition grants of $1,000. The funding provides an opportunity for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals.

Eligible applicants:
Connecticut artists of all disciplines. Applicants must be:
  • at least 18 years of age; 
  • a citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States;
  • a full-time resident of Connecticut for a minimum of one (1) year at the time of application; and must remain a Connecticut resident during the grant/funding period and actively working on the creation of new work

Important Note:
Fellowship awards are highly competitive and artists are encouraged to apply ONLY when they have created a substantial body of RECENT work that can be presented professionally. Applicants must be the primary creator of original works of art. 

Guidelines: PDF
Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, July 25, 2018
Funding Period: January 1, 2019 - December 30, 2019
*All grants funds are dependent on state and federal annual appropriations as allotted by the Governor, the Connecticut General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore, all grant monies are contingent on availability.
DIRECTORY OF TEACHING ARTISTS - Now accepting applications!

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is accepting applications for its Directory of Teaching Artists . Teaching artists are individual practicing artists who specialize in teaching both in the classroom and in the community. 

The Directory of Teaching Artists is a reliable resource of high-quality Connecticut teaching artists who have been juried for excellence in their art form and readiness and capacity to work in schools and community settings.

Guidelines: PDF
Application deadline: Rolling
2018 CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
8:00 am
The Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford

REGISTER NOW   FOR CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY!

Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.  

The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Dworin, founder of The Judy Dworin Performance Project!

CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY 2018 HIGHLIGHTS!

MORNING PROGRAM 
The morning program will feature a special performance by Quick Center for the Arts' artist-in-residence   DBR       (Daniel Bernard Roumain)!  Additional performances by:

Dr. Bettina Love   will be the morning's keynote speaker. Dr. Love is a powerful speaker with a powerful message.  Dr. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms.  

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

  • Panel B: Artists and Resiliency in their Practice with a spoken word performance by Kimolee Eryn!

  • Panel C: Talent is Universal, Opportunity is Not: How Can Artists and Organizations Create Opportunities to Amplify Talent at its Source * with a poetry reading by Bessy Reyna! Panelists include: Mallory Mason, The People Project/CT Public Broadcasting Network; Zulynette, Poet & Artist; Daniel Bernard Roumain "DBR", Composer, performer, violinist; Jamal Jimerson, The Minority Inclusion Project; with moderator Floyd Green, Corporate VP at AETNA.

  • Panel D: Arts, Education and Resiliency - Igniting the Process

PRESENTATION OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Judy Dworin   of   The Judy Dworin Performance Project   (JDPP) will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her inspiring and innovative work on stage, in schools, in prisons and in the community that raises awareness about social issues and creates positive change through creative expression. Judy Dworin founded JDPP in 1989 based on a commitment to the important role the arts can and do play in challenging and creating change.

The luncheon program will feature:

CONNECTICUT ART STORIES: 6x6x6 PRESENTATIONS
These are fast-paced presentations about existing and unique arts initiatives taking place throughout the state given by the people who are making them happen.




CONNECTICUT ARTS HERO AWARDS
Join us in honoring nine (9) Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in, for, or through the arts during the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. 

The ceremony will also include:

COCKTAILS & NETWORKING
Join us in the lobby of the Hartford Stage for cocktails, networking and a performance by 

The $25 registration fee includes admission to all events, performances and lunch.