General Operating Support for Theaters and Performing Groups

Overview

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will provide up to $3M in general operating support grants to support Connecticut ‘s theaters and performing groups as they pursue their mission.  General Operating Support grants are for 501(c)(3) non-profit, Connecticut arts organizations that provide arts activities, programs and performances for the public.

Eligibility

Eligibility applies to organizations whose core mission, vision, focus, and legal purpose – as stated in their Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws – articulate a commitment to create, perform or present arts activities, programs and performances AND at least 51 percent of their annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support arts activities, programming, or performances.  

Eligible applicants must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Arts Center: A multi-purpose facility that offers arts programs and/or performances of various types on a regular basis to the public.  Must have a theater/performance space with seating.  Seating can be mobile or stationary.

  • Cinema Facility:  A motion picture theater or organization which regularly shows films.

  • Performing Group:  A group of artists who perform works of art (e.g., an orchestra, theater or dance group).  Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).

  • Performing Community Group: A group of persons who perform works of art vocationally and who may be, but are not necessarily, directed by professionals.  Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).

  • Performing Group for Youth:  A group which may, but does not necessarily, include children and/or performs works of art for young audiences.  Must have rehearsals and/or public performances on a regular basis (monthly, yearly, etc.).

  • Performance Facility: A building or space used for presenting concerts, drama presentations, etc.

** An organization is still eligible if rehearsals and/or performances were suspended due to the COVID pandemic.

Ineligible:

  • Organizations allocated legislatively directed carry-forward funds in the FY22-23 State Budget
  • Organizations allocated American Rescue Plan Act funds in the FY22-23 State Budget
  • An organization with a fiscal sponsor. An applicant must have its own 501 (c)(3) tax status to apply.
Award Amounts

The minimum grant award amount will be $5,000.  There is no set maximum award amount. All eligible applying organizations will receive funding support.  Award amounts will be determined based on an organization’s operating expenses and revenue and their strategic priorities and goals.