We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Connecticut Artists Respond Grant Program


The CT Artists Respond grant program is closed.  The application deadline has passed. 


The Connecticut Office of the Arts recognizes that artists help us through challenging times and is committed to investing in artists' ability to provide respite through inspiration, connection and education.  The Connecticut Artists Respond Grant Program provides funding to artists and teaching artists to support the creation and presentation of free and accessible on-line arts-based experiences, learning opportunities and services to audiences across Connecticut - and beyond - using the World Wide Web.  Grants for individuals artists are $1,000.  Grants for an artist collaboration (two or more artists) are $2,000. 

Through this funding opportunity, artists may:

  • Create new works of art and share them with audiences digitally
  • Live stream performances  (dance, music, theater, etc.)
  • Develop educational videos that support K-12 distance learning programs
  • Present on-line professional development workshops (i.e. artists supporting artists and educators)
  • Develop and present on-line master classes in an art form
  • Present on-line arts activities, demonstrations and lessons
  • Curate on-line exhibitions 
  • Lead a community arts forum
  • Create other experiences, learning and/or services not listed above.

All activities must comply with the ever-changing social distancing measures implemented at the local, state and federal level as a result of COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to limit the procurement of materials as supply chains and quarantine measures may interfere with your ability to execute your project.

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