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Matching Funds Arts and Culture Grant Program - General Operating Support (GOS) and Project Support Grant (PSG)

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Businesses, and Individuals
in Eligible Locations for Arts Programs and Operating Support

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City of Middletown Arts and Culture Office - Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 4:00 PM - For Project Support Grants and General Operating Support Grants


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in eligible locations for arts programming and operating support. Applicants submitting proposals for certain projects must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects, events, or performances, including but not limited to the mediums of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media, literature, folklife/traditional arts, and the humanities. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Middletown.

The MCA is particularly interested in proposals that reach the City’s children and youth population as well as residents in all of the community’s diversity. Creatives are encouraged to design and implement community art and culture related programming that promotes and fosters an audience of art appreciators, community engagements, and cultural learning experiences.

Types of Grants:

A. General Operating Support: Funding support toward the general operations of non-profit arts organizations in any amount.

B. Project Support Grant: Funding support toward a specific art project presentation by either an organization, business, or an individual.

The organization’s programming or project must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Artistic and cultural focus
  2. Viability & likelihood of success
  3. Provide a unique service
  4. Fulfill an unmet need.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175351

Estimated Size of Grant:

A. General Operating Support: Any amount greater than $8,000
B. Project Support Grant: Up to $7,999

Term of Contract:

Multiyear grants are not funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A. City of Middletown residents and nonresident individuals planning an arts & cultural activity in Middletown
B. Arts Organizations registered as nonprofit with the State of Connecticut Secretary of the State and with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; businesses with minimum 3 years continuous history or
C. Non-local arts groups and non-local arts organizations (with proof of 501(c)(3) status) planning an arts & cultural activity in Middletown

Funding Restrictions:
A. The Middletown Commission on the Arts does not provide funding for capital projects or endowments.
B. Modifications to the project and/or extension of the project date must be formally made in writing to the Chair of the MCA, to be discussed and approved in advance of the funded project with the Commissioners of the MCA.
C. In-kind services are not acceptable for matching funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- General Operating Support: January 15, 2021
- Project Support Grant: September 15, 2020, and January 15, 2021.

Applications must be received by the MCA Office Staff by 4 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Proposals for parades, festivals, and mural or sculpture projects must submit a letter of intent to the Mayor’s Office and receive approval before submitting a MCA grant application.

The required 15-minute interview and presentation with a panel of commissioners is an opportunity for the applicants to answer any questions the panel may have. Applications will be disqualified from award consideration if the applicant and/or their representative(s) fail to attend the interview session in person.

All grants requiring the expenditure of any City funds must have a 1:1 matching requirement so that every dollar expended by the City is matched by a dollar expended by non-City sources. No City funds may be used in meeting this dollar-for-dollar matching requirement, nor may any in-kind services be used as equivalents to meet the matching requirement. Every dollar expended by the City must be matched by an actual dollar expended by non-City sources.

An organization may apply for a General Operating Support and Project Support Grant within the same 12 month period. Project Support Grants are lLimited to one (1) award per 12 month period.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be postal mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed to:

ATTN: City of Middletown Arts & Culture Office/MCA
Room B-11, Municipal Bldg.
245 DeKoven Drive
Middletown, CT 06457

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