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How can I use the Artist Fellowship grant?

Eligible Expenses

The program provides relatively unrestricted funding and peer recognition to support the creation of new works of art. Review the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) Grant Overview Guidelines for a complete list of funding restrictions.

Funds can be used for many things, including:

  • Self-compensation
  • Purchasing supplies, equipment, etc.
  • Hiring or employing people to support creating your work
  • Pursuing opportunities or projects that will further your artistic development
  • Attending conferences, residencies, workshops, etc.
  • Studio improvements and workspace rental

Grantee Requirements

Artists awarded a fellowship will enter into a contract with the State of Connecticut that requires the following:

  • Artists will:
  • Supply proof of current Connecticut residency
  • Submit a W9 and state vendor form. The recipient must be able to provide their SSN.
  • Sign a state contract confirming compliance with program eligibility (artists may not use a fiscal sponsor or a non-profit to administer the contract).
  • Grant funds may only be used during the funding period and for eligible expenses.
  • Paying any taxes. The awards are taxable income. Grantees concerned about their tax liability should consult with their accountant. The Office of the Arts does not provide tax assistance.
  • If you currently owe taxes to the State of Connecticut, the delinquent taxes may be deducted from your grant award.
  • Credit DECD’s Office of the Arts in all appropriate marketing, publicity, and informational materials, including press releases, brochures, and ads. Download our logos.
  • Comply with the Connecticut Office of the Arts Overview Guidelines.
  • Submit a FINAL REPORT within 30 days after the funding period ends.

Artist Fellowship Program