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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts-Related Programming in Eligible Locations

Arts and Culture Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/22/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and government agencies for arts-related programming in eligible locations. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Priority is given to projects that increase equity in access to the arts and to cultural arts experiences provided by BIPOC artists. Eligible applicants serve the 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

The Foundation's approach focuses on:

  • Increasing access to quality creative arts programs, with a focus on addressing existing disparities.
  • Nourishing community arts efforts and refreshing expectations for larger legacy institutions, exploring how traditional entities can serve and partner with diverse communities in non-traditional ways.

Efforts supported by the Foundation include:

  • Participatory arts programs in various media (visual, theater, music, dance, writing, etc.) that create inclusive and supportive conditions for individuals of diverse backgrounds, ages, genders and cultures, and provide ways of making deeper connections to community life.
  • Opportunities to create/showcase work and collaborate with others. This may also include integration of arts and community-building activities, or outreach to and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented audiences.
  • Work to support/develop artists and efforts to build a supportive and thriving arts sector, welcoming to both current and new/non-traditional artists.
  • Support for artists and organizations in forging creative efforts to uplift residents and inspire community & economic development.

The Foundation recognizes that there is inequity in access to and utilization of the arts. As a result, arts and culture funding prioritizes efforts that address disparity and increase access to culturally responsive art experiences, led by BIPOC artists.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor if they do not have their own nonprofit status.
- Have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually.

Additional Geographic Information:

Service Area:

The Foundation does not fund:
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit.

Pre-Application Information
Grant applications for 2024 will be available by January 15th.

Application due date:
- February 22, 2024

If you have not yet already registered a GOapply account, you must do so now to apply for grant funding. Registration requires approval and may take up to two business days. Please register with ample time to prepare and submit your application.

Applications are reviewed by staff, committees, and the board of trustees in a process that takes about ten weeks from the deadline date.

More information:


Grantmaking Overview:

Estimated Size of Grant
The average amount is between $5,000 and $15,000. Grants can be for larger amounts and, for those, applicants are requested to contact staff to discuss the project in advance of submission.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Josh Carey, Director of Grants Management,
203.753.1315 x 108

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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