NOTICE: 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. For the most updated information, check ct.gov/coronavirus.com


This page has been assembled from several sources to list resources for artists and cultural organizations to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Please c
ontact Rhonda Olisky via email if you have information/resources to share on this page. 

  • For businesses, DOL’s Shared Work Program helps businesses keep skilled employees on the job until business returns.  Watch an informational video here.
  • The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses and non-profits navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance.
  • The State of Connecticut is continuing to take major steps to protect businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis.  For the latest information and guidance visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.
      
  • If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) urges you to file for unemployment benefits.  DOL is working diligently to analyze the federal pandemic relief details within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on 3/27/2020.   DOL awaits guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor and is working with technical experts to develop additional programming within the Unemployment Insurance system to accommodate the new federal relief programs.  Check the website and FAQs DAILY for updates.

Regional Service Organizations

The Connecticut Office of the Arts partners with nine Regional Service Organizations that serve as local field offices to constituents and citizens.  Many offer COVID-19 related resource pages.

Arts Council of Greater New Haven 

Greater Hartford Arts Council

Cultural Alliance for Fairfield County

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

For Artists

Americans for the Arts deployed a survey The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers which is designed to capture financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on artists and creative workers.  

Alliance of Artist Communities seeks to support artist residencies and artists as they navigate COVID-19 pandemic and provides a list of resources and information regarding emergency relief programs for artists.

Artists Thrive offers a compilation of resources, tools and opportunities for artists and those who work with artists.

Bench blog entry:  Self-Employment and the Paycheck Protection Program

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund offers assistance to artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster.

Connecticut Artists Relief Grants provides $500 grants to individual artists and teaching artists who live in Connecticut and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This relief funding is supported in part with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts.  Program closed.

Connecticut Artists Respond Grants provides funding to Connecticut artists and teaching artists to create on-line arts-based experiences, learning opportunities and services. Grants to individual artists are $1,000.  Grants to artist collaborations are $2,000.  Program closed.

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Creative Capital has joined forces with several national arts grantmakers to form Artist Relief - an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines, and resources to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Watch their recent webinar Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals.

Forbes Magazine:  What You Need To Know About Expanded Unemployment Benefits

Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance is offering a four-part series on Finding Financial Help for artists to learn what financial relief is available, how to navigate the system and what actions can be taken to stabilize finances.  

New England Foundation for the Arts has assembled resources to share with the arts and culture sector.

General Resources for the Arts Community

Americans for the Arts’ COVID-19 Resource and Response Center offers up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

Bench blog entry:  Self-Employment and the Paycheck Protection Program

Creative Capitol created a list of arts resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists and arts professionals.  Watch their recent webinar Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals.

Fractured Atlas’ blog entry The CARES Act and the Arts: A New Incentive for Charitable Giving by Nathan Zebedeo

National Endowment for the Arts FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in response to COVID-19

So You Want to Start an Emergency Relief Fund by Springboard for the Arts

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

New England Foundation for the Arts has assembled resources to share with the arts and culture sector.

For Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts’ COVID-19 Resource and Response Center offers up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.

Bench blog entry:  Self-Employment and the Paycheck Protection Program

Fractured Atlas’ blog entry The CARES Act and the Arts: A New Incentive for Charitable Giving by Nathan Zebedeo

National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits and has published a chart on Loans Available for Non-Profits in the CARES Act

National Endowment for the Arts FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in response to COVID-19

New England Foundation for the Arts has assembled resources to share with the arts and culture sector.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center offers COVID19 information relevant to small businesses and non-profits, including resources, videos, and links to additional material from various government agencies.