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CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant for Connecticut Arts Organizations



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognized that the non-profit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy and the creative life of our communities. The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), with funding allocated through the CARES Act, is providing emergency funding for non-profit arts organizations that have been adversely impacted by the (COVID-19) pandemic.  

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants are intended to retain jobs and support arts organizations as they endure economic hardships caused by modified, cancelled, or forced closure of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible non-profit arts organizations. Grant amounts 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.

Emergency Relief Grant 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)
    NOTE:  Paid positions may be salaried or contractual


  • $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.


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