Artists Respond - Currently accepting applications for Round 2!

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted through COA's e-granting portal.
Applicants requiring alternative formats should reach out to COA's Accessibility Coordinator, Tamara Dimitri by email at

COA is utilizing the Survey Monkey Apply On-line Application Platform

  • New Applicants are required to register at
  • Returning Applicants should login with the same email and password used in either SurveyMonkey Apply or our former FluidReview e-granting site. If you forgot your password then select "Reset Password" 

The application will include the following e-grant forms:

  • Social Issue & Artistic Merit
  • Project Details
  • Community & Audience
  • Impact
  • Artistic Excellence - Work Samples
  • Artists Respond Applicant Information
  • Signature and Certification

Additional survey style questions are included in the application for aggregate data purposes and to learn more about your proposed project. View the survey questions here.

Social Issue & Artistic Merit (e-grant form)

  1. Applicant Name
  2. Select the primary social issue your community-based project will address? - view list here 
  3. WHY is this social issue of interest to you and how will you use your work as an artist to address it? (up to 300 word count)

Project Details (e-grant form)

  1. Title of Project (up to 15 word count)
  2. What are you Proposing? Provide a brief description of your project. (up to 200 word count)
  3. Where will your project take place? List CT town(s) and specific locations (if known) and any other location details.(up to 50 word count)
  4. When will it occur it occur? Your overall project may begin before or end after the designated funding period, but COA grant funds can ONLY be used during the grant awarded funding period. Enter your start and end dates based on when COA funds will be used.
  5. Who is involved in your project? Identify other artists and project partners and indicate their role and why they were selected.
  6. Budget: Select $2,500 or $5,000 to support artist fees and project expenses. Artist feels may be for the applicant and/or other artists engaged in the project. Note: please be aware that this grant may be considered taxable income. 
  7. Indicate how the COA funds will be used. (up to 50 word count)
  8. How might your project pivot if you are required to make adjustments due to COVID-19 safety measures. (optional - up to 200 word count)

Community & Audience (e-grant form)

  1. Who is your community and audience and why did you choose them? (up to 200 word count)
  2. Why do you believe your project will be of interest to your community and audience? (up to 200 word count)
  3. How do you plan to inform your community and audience about your project? - engagement, outreach, marketing communications (up to 200 word count)

Impact (e-grant form)

  1. Self-Impact (check all that apply)
  2. Impact on Others (check all that apply)
  3. Impact: Expand on one or more of the items you have checked above (Self-Impact and Impact on Others).

Artistic Excellence - Work Samples (e-grant form)

  1. Indicate the Artistic Disciplines that best define your work as an artist.
    • Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Multidisciplinary, Performance, Literature, Teaching Artist, Cultural Heritage, Digital Media, Other (up to 4 word count)
  2. Enter your website (if available)
  3. Applicants may provide Professional Social Media sites (optional)
  4. Work Samples: Include past work samples and/or work samples that provide a sense of the project you are proposing. Applicants may provide any combination of links and uploads with a maximum of 3 links and 5 image/document files. Please note, reviewers will not review beyond 10 minutes of work samples per application. You may share a brief description of the work samples you have included (up to 200 word count).

Artists Respond Applicant Information (e-grant form)

  1. Applicant Name
  2. Applicant Address and Contact Information
  3. Legislative Districts: Go to Find Your Legislators to obtain this information.
    • State Represetative (name and district #)
    • State Senator (name and district #)
    • US Congressperson (name and district #)
    • US Senator (name)
    • US Senator (name)
  4. Indicate if you live in a Distressed Municipality. - Ansonia, Bridgeport, Bristol, Chaplin, Derby, East Hartford, East Haven, Griswold, Hartford, Meriden, Montville, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Preston, Putnam, Sprague, Stratford, Torrington, Voluntown, Waterbury, West Haven, Winchester, Windham
    • yes 
    • no
  5. Indicate if you live in a designated CT Rural Town.
    • Fairfield County - Easton, Redding, Sherman
    • Hartford County - Burlington, East Granby, Hartland, Marlborough
    • Litchfield County - Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Harwinton, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Warren, Washington, Woodbury
    • Middlesex County - Chester, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Portland, Westbrook
    • New London County - Bozrah, Franklin, Lebanon, Lisbon, Lyme, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Voluntown
    • New Haven County - Bethany, Middlebury, Woodbridge
    • Tolland County - Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Hebron, Union, Willington
    • Windham County - Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Woodstock
  6. The Connecticut Office of the Arts partners with Regional Service Organizations (RSO) that serve as local field offices. This statewide network plays a key role in supporting CT's creative economy, the regional arts and cultural infrastructure, and COA’s goals, programs and services. Please select your region (or regions, if your town is shared by more than one). A complete list of towns represented by each region is available on the COA website.
    • Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region
    • Arts Council of Greater New Haven
    • Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
    • Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
    • Cultural Coalition - Northwest Region
    • Cultural Coalition - Southeast Region
    • Greater Hartford Arts Council
    • Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
    • Shoreline Arts Alliance
  7. Please share your self-identification. Check all that apply.
    • Black / African / African American
    • Afro Latino / a/x
    • Caribbean
    • Chicano / a/x
    • Mexican
    • Central American
    • South American
    • Middle Eastern / North African
    • Southeast Asian / Asian
    • Pacific Islander / Native Hawaiian
    • Native Alaskan
    • American Indian
    • White / Caucasian (origins in Europe, Middle East or North Africa)
    • Other, please specify
    • I prefer not to answer