The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has launched its CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants .

These grants are for Connecticut non-profit arts organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Connecticut's CARES Act Emergency Relief grants are made possible with funding distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will re-grant a total of $400,000 to Connecticut arts organizations in need. Grant awards will range from $1,500 to $3,000. Due to limited funds and anticipated high volume of applications, grantees will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants with attention to geographic distribution.

Funds may be used for: 
  • Salary support, full or partial, for positions that are critical to an organization’s mission
  • Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged
  • Facility / occupancy costs, such as rent and utilities
  • Costs directly associated with an organization’s ability to continue operations now and in the future 

$1,500 base grant amount, plus additional funding for:  

  • $500 for organizations with at least one (1) paid position (full or partial) OR
  • $1,000 for organizations with two (2) or more paid positions (full or partial)

  • $500 for organizations that rent, lease, or own physical space for administrative purposes and/or the delivery of arts events, services, and activities. (Home offices are not eligible.)

No grant will be less than $1,500 or more than $3,000. Grants do not require a match.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm


Connecticut arts organization can also apply to the Supporting Arts grant program , which is a long-standing program made possible with funding from the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Supporting Arts grants provide unrestricted funding to support Connecticut non-profit arts organizations and municipal arts departments.

These grants are flexible (unrestricted operating support) which allows the grantee to use the funds where they are most needed. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization.

For eligibility, how to apply and more, visit .
The Connecticut Office of the Arts is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut's creative economy. Part of the state's Department of Economic and Community Development , the Office of the Arts is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts .