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Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits Including Agencies, IHEs, and Faith-Based
Organizations for Public Music Concerts in Hartford

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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U.S. Trust, Bank of America - Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations including IHEs, agencies, senior centers or cultural centers, and faith-based organizations for arts and culture programming that benefits the residents of Hartford. Funding is intended to support public music concerts held during the summer months (June through September) in city parks and other public venues. Applications will be accepted for recurring or new projects. Two or more instruments must be played to be considered a music concert.

Review criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposed project 
  • Clarity of project proposal 
  • Project feasibility, taking into consideration budget, timeline, and stated goals
  • Evidence of applicant’s prior record of achievement, (if applicable) 
  • Appropriateness of the outreach plan to reach the proposed community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186432

Term of Contract:

Project activities must take place between June 1 and September 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations, such as arts organizations, social service agencies, senior centers, faith-based organizations, folk societies, and cultural centers and colleges/universities. The Fund program will consider applications from individual artists working in partnership with a nonprofit organization or church serving as their fiscal sponsor.

Organizations must have an IRS Tax Determination letter 501(c)(3).

Non-profit organizations can submit 1 application requesting support for their own project(s) including 1 application for the various project(s) they are sponsoring. Fiscal sponsors should only submit 1 application requesting support for all project(s) being sponsored. If applying as a fiscal sponsor, the project budget must show the fee or percentage charged to the artist(s) or group(s). Fiscal sponsors may have a say on project contents, budgets and amounts being requested by organizations or groups.

Funding is not available for:
- Individual artists or groups
- For-profit organizations or promoters
- Choral groups without 2 or more instruments
- Public school districts, affiliates or components exclusively serving student audiences such as in-school and after-school programs
- Organizations requesting support for in-school arts-in-education programs
- City of Hartford agencies and departments
- Any organization previously funded with outstanding final reports to the Preston Fund
- Cultural activities restricted to an organization’s membership; eligible projects must be promoted, and remain available to the general public
- Proposals from educational, health or welfare institutions unless they can demonstrate a history of providing arts projects
- Arts projects that are solely socio-economic, recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic in nature
- Purchase of equipment, fundraising events; or non-project-related administrative expenses
- General operating support
- Humanities projects
- Parades
- Projects must have a culminating event that is promoted, and available, to the general public of the City of Hartford
- No solicitation of financial donations may be made during a Preston-funded performance for any reason

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by February 28. The decision time frame is 2-3 months.

Please submit online applications by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the foundation’s deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a federally recognized holiday, applications are due on the next business day by 11:59 p.m.

Please be advised that technical support is NOT provided on weekends for password resets or general technical inquiries. Therefore it is best to start your application early, seek technical support during business hours, and to submit your application in advance of the due date.

Contact Information:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Hartford

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