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ARTS LEARNING GRANTS
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) promotes teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts,  through high quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences. 

Through its Higher Order of Thinking (HOT) Schools program, the COA has developed a “Continuum of Practice” to serve as a guide for PK-12 schools to self-identify their current practice in arts learning, and through its arts in education grant program –  Arts Learning –  the COA provides opportunities for schools to advance along the arts learning continuum.  The Arts Learning: Access category encourages opportunites for learners of all ages.

Connecticut has a rich and varied landscape of arts organizations, venues and providers of arts learning opportunities. Through its Arts Learning grant program, the COA seeks to connect PK-12 schools and citizens with arts experience(s) in Connecticut.

GRANT CATEGORIES
The Arts Learning grant program offers funding through three (3) distinct categories:

ARTS PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM

The Arts Project grant program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with our READI  Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, Inclusion) framework.  Grants requests range from $5,000-$15,000 for planning and implementation of arts-based projects for Connecticut audiences, communities and participants. 

  • Projects of all artistic disciplines are encouraged.
  • Projects must engage at least one (1) Connecticut artist in a significant project role.
  • Projects should be accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is meant to serve.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  • Connecticut Artist – an artist may apply with a fiscal sponsor OR apply using their legal business entity
  • Arts Organizations with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
  • 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of conducting arts projects/programs
  • Municipal Departments
  • School Districts
  • College/University
See Glossary for full definitions.
NOTE:  Arts organizations and non-arts organizations may also apply for an Arts Access grant.
 

FUNDING PERIOD
October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

 
GUIDELINES
FY19 Guidelines:  PDF
REQUIRED BUDGET FORM
Arts Project budget form:  Excel  (applicants are required to use this budget form)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

on or before 11:59 pm, June 6, 2018

HOW TO APPLY
All applications must be submitted through an on-line portal.
Instructions on how to apply can be found on Page 5 of the guidelines
.


QUESTIONS
For more information or questions, please contact Tamara Dimitri at tamara.dimitri@ct.gov
THE SUPPORTING ARTS GRANT PROGRAM
The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their mission.  This type of grant is flexible rather than for specific projects or programs and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
An applicant must be either an Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department.  See 
Glossary for full definition.  Arts organizations may also apply for an Arts Access grant.
FUNDING

Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size:

$2,000 – Small: Organizational budget over $30,000 but below $100,000
$5,000 – Mid-Size A: Organizational budget over $100,000 but below $500,000
$10,000 – Mid-Size B: Organizational budget over $500,000 but below $1.5 M
$12,500 – Large: Organizational budget over $1.5 million

FUNDING PERIOD

October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

GUIDELINES
FY19 Guidelines:  PDF

REQUIRED WORKSHEETS

Community Impact Summary:  Excel

Financial Sustainability Income Summary:  Excel

APPLICATION DEADLINE

on or before 11:59 pm, June 27, 2018

HOW TO APPLY

All applications must be submitted through an on-line portal.
Instructions on how to apply can be found on Page 9 of the guidelines.
The on-line portal will be open for applications on Friday, April 6, 2018.


QUESTIONS
For more information or questions, please contact Rhonda F. Olisky via email at 
rhonda.olisky@ct.gov.