Frequently Asked Questions
How do you define an arts organization?
A Connecticut Arts Organization is defined as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose core mission, vision, focus and legal purpose, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, articulate a commitment to create, perform, present or promote artistic activities* AND at least 51 percent of its annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives. *Artistic activities shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts.
NOTE: The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) reserves the right to request documentation as needed to determine an applicant's eligibility.
May an organization apply under a fiduciary (fiscal sponsor) non-profit with 501(c)(3)?
No. An arts organization must have it own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Organizations are not allowed to apply under a fiscal sponsor.
Is an arts organization eligible if its staff are independent contractors?
Yes, as stated in the guidelines, the part-time or full-time paid position may be salaried or contractual.
How many times may my organization apply for a CARES Emergency Relief Grant from the CT Office of the Arts (COA)?
Only one application may be submitted to COA's CARES Emergency Relief Grant by an eligible arts organization
Is an organization responsible for paying back money received through this relief program?
No. This is a grant. Not a loan.
Can an organization apply to both CARES Act funding and the Supporting Arts grant program?
Can an organization apply to both a COA's CARES Emergency Relief grant and a Connecticut Humanities CARES grant?
No. An organization may only apply to one - Connecticut Office of the Arts OR Connecticut Humanities - for CARES Act Relief Funding.
Can an arts organization that received a PPP loan also apply for CARES Act funding?
Will there be another CARES Act Relief Funding opportunity for arts organizations with a budget over $500,000?
At this time, the CT Office of the Arts does not know. We suggest that you write your federal delegation to urge them to direct more federal money to Connecticut.
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