About our Grantees
Our grant programs strengthen the cultural ecology of our community and provide the unwavering financial support that lets our arts organizations do what they do best—create world-class programs that inspire, entertain and uplift us all. From even the smallest artist associations to internationally recognized cultural treasures, more than 150 arts and heritage organizations receive some form of United Arts support.
Depending on the eligibility of each grant program, any artist, association or organization within the Arts Council’s 34-town service area is eligible to apply for United Arts funding.
The Grant Process
Each grant program requires an application (some, an intent to apply is required before submitting a final application) to be considered for funding. Arts Council staff work one-on-one with grantees and potential applicants to create the best possible applications for their programs or events.
The Arts Council acts as a steward of its donors’ investment. Each application is carefully reviewed before a final funding decision is made. Arts Council staff do not award grant requests; instead, we convene a panel for each grant program, drawing volunteers from the Greater Hartford community to serve as panelists and make an allocations recommendation to the Board of Directors. Panelists read each application and meet with potential grantees in advance, judging each application on artistic merit, economic impact and the financial stability of the organization before allocating funds from the available pool. Recommendations are periodically presented to the Board of Directors for final approval.
Click here for the list of 2011 grantees by grant programs. Throughout the year, we’ll be publishing “success stories” from our grantees on this blog to raise awareness about the important role the Arts Council plays in our community and to help our donors understand the difference they make in the lives of those affected by the arts. Stay tuned!