Artists Respond


The Artists Respond grant program provides direct funding to Connecticut artists to pursue community-based projects that use the arts to respond to social issues, current events, and community needs.

Connecticut artists may apply for grant of either $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 to support artist fees associated with project activities. 

Projects must occur in Connecticut and may address a range of social issues such as:

  • equity and racial justice;
  • community development;
  • empowerment of LGBTQ communities;
  • COVID-19/pandemic;
  • mental health;
  • and other artist-centered initiatives that use the arts to inspire, empower, educate, and transform our Connecticut communities.

The Artists Respond program aims to invest in a wide range of community-based projects from large audience events to small group activities. All activities must be ready to pivot, if necessary, to comply with the ever-changing social distancing measures implemented at the local, state and federal level as a result of COVID-19.

The program provides two application rounds to support activities in the fall/winter and the spring/summer seasons. Be sure to review the full program details on this website to learn more about the program. 

Are you interested in serving as a reviewer for the Artists Respond program? If so, complete the Artists Respond Reviewer/Panelist Interest Survey.

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How to Apply

Timeline & Process

Grant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions