Artists Respond Grant Overview

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What is the Artists Respond grant?

The Artists Respond grant program awards funds to Connecticut artists for community-based projects that range from large audience events to small group activities. Artist-led projects use the arts to inspire, empower, educate, and transform Connecticut communities.

Connecticut artists may apply for a grant of $3,000 to support artist fees and project-related expenses.

The projects must occur in Connecticut and be led by the artist/applicant. Artists may partner with nonprofits and business entities, but the project must be the work of the artists, not the nonprofit or business.

Projects should thoughtfully engage the community. Be sure to consider community needs, social issues and current events.

The program is not accepting applications at this time. The Office of the Arts alternates annually between the Artist Fellowship Program and the Artists Respond program. The upcoming state fiscal year 2025 grant cycle will offer the Artist Fellowship program. The Artist Respond program will be offered in fiscal year 2026. Therefore, the anticipated schedule for the next round of Artists Respond grants is noted below:

  • Program guidelines and application available in late spring or early summer 2025.
  • Application deadline in late summer 2025.
  • Supports project activities that take place between February 15, 2026 and February 14, 2027.


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Please note that the information provided about the program is for informational purposes and reflects the 2024 grant cycle. Some program revisions are anticipated from one grant cycle to the next.


Review the Fiscal Year 2024 Program Guidelines:


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please email Tamara Dimitri for more information or if you have questions about the program.

You may also review the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Who has received Artists Respond grants?

View FY23 recipients.

View FY22 recipients.


Are you interested in serving as a reviewer for the Artists Respond Grant Program?

If yes, complete the Artists Respond Reviewer/Panelists Interest Survey.

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