The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its FY2018 grants.

In total, COA awarded 205 grants totaling $1,040,588 through its four (4) grant programs:

  • Supporting Arts in Place
  • Arts Learning
  • Arts Projects
  • Regional Initiative

Congratulation to all the grant recipients!

List of Grants by Town

The Arts Learning grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of new or expanded arts in education-based projects that promote teaching and learning in, about and through the arts and that engage partners to advance teaching and learning for birth to grade 12. Grant requests range from $700 – $5,000.

COA awarded twenty-four (24) Arts Learning grants totaling $37,466.

The Arts Project grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of arts-based projects, of all disciplines, for Connecticut audiences, communities and participants. The project must be accessible and relevant to the audience and community and must engage at least one (1) Connecticut artist in a significant project role. Grant requests range from $5,000 – $15,000.

COA awarded twenty-seven (27) Arts Project grants totaling $290,650. 

The Supporting Arts in Place (SAP) program awards grants to eligible arts organizations and municipal arts offices to strengthen the state’s nonprofit arts industry. Supporting Arts in Place grants provide general operating support and funding levels are derived from organizational data and are calculated by mathematical formula.

COA awarded one hundred twenty-one (121) Supporting Arts in Place totaling $599,500. 

The Regional Initiative grant program provides funding for the planning and implementation of small community art projects that align with our READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion) framework in combination with a strong community engagement plan. Panel reviews are conducted regionally in collaboration with our Regional Service Organizations that serve as local field offices.

COA awarded thirty-three (33) Regional Initiative grants totaling $122,745. 


We are still accepting applications to the Access category of the Arts Learning grant program. Arts Learning: Access grants provide funding, up to $700, for exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performance(s), “informance(s)” and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups or arts venues.

Applicants who have applied to other COA grant programs may also apply for an Arts Learning: Access grant. The application “deadline” is rolling and funds are dispersed on a first come (and eligible) first serve basis. No match is required.

Eligible applicants for Arts Learning: Access grants are:

  • PK-12 Schools
  • 501(c)(3) arts organization seeking to provide art experience(s) for PK-12 students
  • Arts program of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization seeking to provide art experience(s) for PK-12 students

Note: Arts Learning: Access funds can be used towards transportation to/from an arts experience!

Arts Learning Guidelines

The Arts Learning guidelines include information on all three (3) Arts Learning categories. Please be sure to focus on the information pertaining to the Access category.


Are you an emerging or mid-career arts administrator who needs money for professional development?

The Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship provides $2,500 to art administrators so they may pursue professional development and other opportunities that will advance their careers. The FY18 Mahaffey Fellowship funding period is May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Olisky.

Guidelines and How to Apply



COA in partnership with the State’s nine Regional Service Organizations and the Connecticut Arts Alliance will present Connecticut Arts Day 2018 on April 25, 2018!

Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.  The day includes networking opportunities and a selection of workshops, performances, and interactive opportunities. The theme for 2018 will be Resiliency! 

Connecticut Arts Day 2018 will take place in the Hartford area. Stay tuned for more details!


We are currently accepting nominations for the position of Connecticut State Troubadour. The State Troubadour serves as an ambassador of music and song and promotes cultural literacy among residents.

An individual singer-songwriter must be nominated and deemed eligible to apply.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday, February 5, 2018.

More Information

Photo: Kate Callahan of West Hartford

Current Connecticut State Troubadour 2016-2018

Please stay tuned to future newsletters for the results of the FY18 Artist Fellowship Program, the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund and upcoming grant programs and service offerings.

Again, congratulations to all grant recipients!

We thank you for your interest in our programs and for your continuing support.

We look forward to seeing you on Connecticut Arts Day!


Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture

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Connecticut Office of the Arts staff:

Tamara Dimitri

Adriane Jefferson

Bonnie Koba

Rhonda F. Olisky

Lourdes “Lu” Rivera

Jane Schneider