Subject: Director's Desk: Post Your Events + Roadmap Webinar + NEA Grants

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Mon. Jan. 23, 2023

Please post all your events by Noon Today for E-Buzz, WPKN broadcast, Hamlet Hub, and Social Media consideration for the period Wed. Jan. 25 - Tues. Jan 31.
WED. JAN 25, 9am
Learn the latest about the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Funding Roadmap, a campaign to secure more meaningful, reliable, and equitable state funding for arts, culture, and tourism.

During the 2023 legislative session, our elected leaders will make decisions about budget priorities for the next 2 years. This is our chance to make sure the arts, culture, and tourism communities receive state support that recognizes our importance to Connecticut's economy, the vitality of our cities and towns, and the health and well-being of all who live here.

Connecticut Arts Alliance, Connecticut Humanities, and the Connecticut Tourism Coalition joined together to develop this comprehensive roadmap to help guide legislators to better state support for our communities.

Whether you're working in the arts, the humanities, or the tourism
industry, you'll want to join us to learn more about the roadmap, the legislative process ahead,and how you can be a part of this important initiative.

We plan to keep you updated throughout the legislative session.

Mark your calendar with these dates too: February 22, and March 29, at 9am

Grants for Arts Projects
DeadlineFebruary 9, 2023

Grants for Arts Projects is our largest grant program for organizations, providing expansive funding opportunities for communities across the nation in a wide range of artistic disciplines. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

This grants program also welcomes projects that engage with individuals whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, race or ethnicity, economics, or disability. 

We encourage projects that address any of the following:
  • Elevate artists as integral and essential to a healthy and vibrant society
  • Celebrate the nation’s creativity and/or cultural heritage
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaborations that center the arts at the intersection of other disciplines, sectors, and industries
  • Contribute to healthy and thriving local, regional, state-wide, and national arts ecosystems and arts infrastructures
  • Invest in organizational capacity-building and leadership development for arts organizations, arts workers, and artists
  • Build arts organizations’ capacity to serve a broad public through digital or emergent technology and/or support tech-centered creative practices across all artistic disciplines and forms
In recognition of the United States of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026, we also welcome arts projects that educate and engage communities in dialogue about the past, present, and future of our nation.

Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies that are eligible to subgrant may request from $30,000 to $150,000 for subgranting projects. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. 

Application Deadlines: February 9 and July 6, 2023 for projects taking place beginning in 2024. 
Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines to reach historically underserved groups/communities that have rich and dynamic cultural identities. Challenge America may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. The category features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. 

Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2023 for projects taking place beginning in 2024. 

Sign up for a guidelines webinar on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 3:00 pm ET. (An archive of the webinar will be available.)
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, United States
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