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ARTE-accesible Grant Program

Grants to Connecticut Arts Agencies, Arts Nonprofits,
and IHEs to Provide Accommodating Arts Experiences

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Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) - Offices of Culture and Tourism and Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations, municipal arts departments, and institutions of higher education to provide arts experiences designed to accommodate a wide range of participants. Funding is intended to increase the accessibility of arts programming throughout the State.

The ARTE-accesible (Ar.Teh-Ock.Seh.See.Bleh)grant program supports activities that provide greater access to the arts by all persons with or without disabilities and to all individuals regardless of language.

Grants may be used to support:

  • Program and service offerings to improve the experience for audiences of all abilities
  • Staff training and internal resource support to carry out accessible programs and services
  • Support employment of Connecticut artists who identify as an individual with a disability

For more information on the above activities, see the URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184770

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may range from $500 to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants (see full definitions below):
- Connecticut Arts Organizations
- Connecticut Municipal Arts Departments
- Arts Venues of a Connecticut College/University

Connecticut Arts Organization - defined as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose core mission, vision, focus and legal purpose, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation and/or bylaws, articulate a commitment to create, perform, present or promote artistic activities and at least 51 percent of its annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives. For additional criteria required for an Arts Organization applying to the ARTE-accesible grant program, see

CT Municipal Arts Department - defined as a Connecticut municipal government entity, such as a Commission on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs or other specifically designated arts office with a purpose to conduct and/or support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives. For additional criteria required for a Municipal Arts Department applying to the ARTE-accesible grant program, see

Arts Venue of a CT College / University - defined as a Connecticut college or university with an affiliated arts program or venue. For additional criteria for an Arts Venue applying to the ARTE-accesible grant program, see

For ineligible applicants, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: On or before 11:59 pm, September 15, 2020
- Notification: late November, 2020
- Funding Period: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
- Final Report: January 30, 2022
Dates are subject to change

New Applicants are required to register at

Applicants may only apply for one (1) ARTE-accesible grant per fiscal year.

All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number is a unique nine-character identification number that is required on applications for any grant administered by COA that includes National Endowment for the Arts dollars. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information:


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