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Hartford Events Grant (HEG)

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Public Arts and Cultural Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Greater Hartford Arts Council

Deadline Date:

01/11/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for arts and cultural events. Funding is intended for public, arts-focused events such as concerts, festivals, performances, celebrations, and parades. Eligible applicants and events are located in the City of Hartford.

The Greater Hartford Art’s Council’s Hartford Events Grant program, made possible by support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, supports and promotes arts-focused events that take place within the city of Hartford and virtual events conducted by organizations located in the City of Hartford. While the definition of an event can be broad, projects funded through this program typically include concerts, festivals, parades, and public celebrations with clear arts connections such as music, spoken word, or visual arts; and similar activities. The arts must be the central focus of the event. The Arts Council invests in organizations whose programs and initiatives use the power of the arts to create positive impact.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Dance, theater, music, visual arts, literature, combination or multiple art form performances.
  • Concerts, parades, festivals, performances, celebrations of local artists, ethnic identity, social, or culturally specific traditions
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual events will be eligible for Hartford Events Grant funding for the Fall and Winter cycles

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176915

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $1,000 to $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Event Dates: April – June 2021. All funded project expenses must be incurred within the grant period. The grant period end date cannot be more than 30 days after the date of the last event funded by the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for consideration, applicant organizations must:
- Be a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Connecticut with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service;
- Maintain a primary physical address within the Arts Council’s service area (see map). The primary physical address is the address the organization uses on federal tax documents.
- Submit an application following the proper format as outlined in the grant guidelines and application, including required attachments;
- Apply for an event occurring between the event dates specified;
- For in-person events, apply for an event physically occurring within the City of Hartford (including the University of Hartford grounds & Elizabeth Park);
- For virtual events, be a non-profit corporation located and operating in the City of Hartford

For ineligible activities and applicants, see

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Dates and Deadlines:
- Application Deadline: January 11, 2021. Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
- Award Notification: Week of March 1, 2021
- Event Dates: April – June 2021

Applicants are encouraged to speak with Arts Council staff about your project before submitting a proposal. Staff can help you create a more competitive application.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all applicants are encouraged to follow the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control, as well as state and city officials when planning events. Applicants are encouraged to develop contingency plans for in-person events as soon as possible. If an unanticipated change in guidelines occurs after applications are submitted, the Arts Council asks that a revision plan be submitted at least one week before your proposed event date

Arts Council funding must be matched 2:3 (2 dollars for every 3 dollars of requested funding).

A special permit is required from the City of Hartford for any event held on City property, City buildings and/or private property that requires specific City or State permits or authorizations, as well as the use of City services and assets. Please contact Kylah Hudson.

The Grantee receives 80% of the grant award upon receipt of the executed contract. The remaining 20% of the grant award is released upon acceptance of the final report, which is due 30 days after the grant period end date.

Contact Information:

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

Submit your application materials by uploading them to:

Contact or 860-525-8629 x224 with any questions.

Kylah Hudson: (860) 757-9526 or

Greater Hartford Arts Council
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Fax: 860 278-5461

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