Artist Fellowship Program


The Artist Fellowship Program provides competitive grants to encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. These grants provide support for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals.

There are three types of grant designations awarded under this program based on reviewer assessment.

Artistic Excellence grants: $5,000
Artist Fellowship grants: $3,000
Emerging Recognition grants: $1,000 


Connecticut artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply for these grants as long as you are:

  • 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 year at the time of application.

During the grant/funding period, you must also remain a Connecticut resident and actively work on the creation of new work.

Applicants, who must be the primary creator of original works of art, will be asked to identify their work in one broad category and up to four general categories.

Please note: Fellowship awards are particularly competitive, and artists are encouraged to apply only when they have created a substantial body of recent work that can be presented professionally. 

Application Deadline

The FY20 Artist Fellowship Program is closed.  The deadline to apply was August 20, 2019.

Funding Period

January 1, 2020 - December 30, 2020


FY20 Artist Fellowship Guidelines

Applicants must also review COA's Grant Overview Guidelines.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted on-line at

Instructions on how to apply may be found on Page 5 of the guidelines.


For information or if you have questions, contact Tamara Dimitri via email at