Supporting Arts Grant Program

FY23 Awards - How They Were Calculated

 

In The Past

Prior Supporting Arts grant awards were set and published in the program’s guidelines.  Due to insufficient funds to fully fund grantees at the published amounts, grant awards were reduced.  See chart below for FY21 & FY22.

Category
 Full grant amount,
per published guidelines

FY22 Grants
for applicants the received SVOG
Reduced approximately 32%

FY22 Grants
for applicants that did NOT receive SVOG
Reduced approximately 10%

 FY21 Grants
 Over $1.5M
 $15,000  $10,200  $13,477  $10,000
 Over $500,000 - $1.5M
 $12,500  $8,500  $11,255  $8,624
 Over $100,000 - $500,000
 $7,000  $4,760  $6,305  $4,900
 Over $30,000 - $100,000
 $3,000  $2,040  $2,705  $2,050
 $5,000 - $30,000
 $1,000  NA  $1,000  $647

*SVOG is abbreviated for Shuttered Venue Operator Grant

Per FY23 Supporting Arts Guidelines

Grant awards will be proportional to organizational operating expenses 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.


Looking Toward the Future

FY23 marks the first year of a dramatic change to the Supporting Arts program.  This change allows the CT Office of the Arts to work toward accomplishing two goals:

  1. to implement equity within the grant making process; and

  2. to support smaller, grass-root and emerging organizations, which are often led by individuals in the BIPOC community, so that they may grow in capacity.

How Grants Were Calculated

  • applicants reported four (4) years of operating expenses

  • applicants were assigned to a category based on average of operating expenses:

    • Under $100,000

    • $100,000 - $500,000

    • Over $500,000 - $1M

    • Over $1M

  • grant funds were allocated to each category relative to the percentage that category was to the full applicant pool:

    • Total number of SAP applicants: 219

    • 98 applicants fell within the “Under $100,000” category

    • “Under $100,000” applicants are 45% of the total applicant pool

    • “Under $100,000” category was allocated 45% of the available grant funds

  • grant amounts were calculated using a standard control for 4-year average expenses

Organization Size Based on Average of OE

# of Applicants

Percent of the Applicant Pool (of 219)

Relative % of available funds

Over $1M

16

7%

$71,047

Over $500,000 - $1M

24

11%

$111,645

$100,000 - $500,000

81

37%

$375,533

Under $100,000

98

45%

$456,729

 

 

 

 

Award vs. Expenses (Control)

Final grant awards were determined by adjusting the control percentage to remain within the grant funds allocated to a category.

 

Award vs. Expenses (Control)

Highest Grant Award

Lowest Grant Award

Average Award

Over $1M

0.21%

$9,762

$2,527

$4,419

Over $500,000 - $1M

0.71%

$6,794

$ 3,602

$4,648

$100,000 - $500,000

1.83%

$ 8,285

$1,830

$4,635

Under $100,000**

 

 

 

 

Adjusted for $1,000 Minimum

12.72% - 89.89%

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

Adjusted for $10,000

10.65% - 10.25%

$10,000

$1,027

$4,657

**FY23 Supporting Arts guidelines established a $1,000 minimum/ $10,000 maximum grant award.  The “Under $100,000” category was the only category that required an adjustment to accommodate the minimum/maximum awards.  To accomplish this, the “Under $100,000” category was broken into two sub-categories.

List of FY23 Grantees