Supporting Arts Grant Program

Overview

The Supporting Arts grant program provides general operating support to help Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments cover programmatic costs associated with their mission-related work. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

* Some restrictions apply. Visit Eligible Expenses for funding restrictions.

Awards

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) will provide $1M in general operating support grants in FY23.


New for FY23: 
Grant awards will be proportional to organizational operating expenses for their last completed fiscal year and will be calculated based on a combination of operating expenses and available funds. The minimum grant award is $1,000. The maximum grant award will be dependent on available funding and the number of eligible applicants.  All eligible applicants will receive funding.

Note: This funding model is the same funding model that was used to determine awards for the FY22 CT Cultural Fund General Operating Support and the FY22 General Operating Support for Theaters and Performing Groups programs.

LOOKING TOWARDS FY24 - Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Accessibility

To prepare for upcoming changes to the Supporting Arts program (scheduled for FY24), each FY23 application will be reviewed by a panel of independent reviewers.  These independent panelists will review and score responses to the application questions in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Accessibility sections.  An applicant’s score will not affect an organization’s FY23 grant award. 

COA is utilizing independent panel reviews to gather information and to establish a benchmark that will serve as a guide for the FY24 SAP guidelines and criteria.

Each organization will be reviewed based on their own organizational commitment to DEI and Accessibility principles and how that commitment is illustrated in both their internal policies and procedures and their external programs and services.  COA respects that each organization comes to this work from differing needs and perspectives and that there is no one single path to instituting equitable practices across the organization. Because of this, we will ask questions that are designed to help you share your organization’s assessed needs and action steps.  See How to Apply & The Application and Glossary of Terms & Resources.

Want to be a Reviewer/Panelist?
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer/panelist for the Supporting Arts grant program, please take a moment to complete this on-line form.