Artist Fellowship Program

Grant Requirements


Eligible Expenses

The Artist Fellowship program provides relatively unrestricted funding and peer recognition to support the creation of new works of art. Review the Connecticut Office of the Arts Grant Overview Guidelines for a complete list of funding restrictions.

Potential use of Artist Fellowship funding includes, but is not limited to:

  • set aside time to work / self-compensation
  • purchase supplies, equipment, etc.
  • hire/employ others to support the creation of your work
  • pursue opportunities/projects that will further your artistic development
  • attend conferences, residencies, workshops, etc.
  • studio improvements, rental of work space

Grantee Information

Artists awarded a fellowship will enter into a contract with the State of Connecticut. The following information pertains to the contractual requirements. 

  • Artists recommended for a fellowship will be required to:
    • supply proof of current Connecticut residency status
    • submit a W9 and state vendor form. The recipient must be able to provide their SSN.
    • sign a state contract confirming compliance with program eligibility (artists may not use a fiscal sponsor or a non-profit to administer the contract)
  • Grant funds must be expended during the funding period and only for expenses associated with the creation of new work and/or personal artistic growth.
  • Tax Liability - awards are taxable. Grantees concerned about their tax liability should consult with their accountant. COA does not provide tax assistance.
  • Where appropriate, grantees are required to credit COA/DECD in all print, audio, video, and publicity materials (press releases, brochures, advertisements, etc.). Logos can be found HERE.
  • If you currently owe taxes to the State of Connecticut, the delinquent taxes may be deducted from your grant award.
  • All COA grantees must comply with the Connecticut Office of the Arts Overview Guidelines.
  • Grantees will be required to submit a FINAL REPORT report within 30 days after the funding period. 

Be sure to review all sections of the Program Guidelines: