Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut’s Arts and Culture Industry Guidelines for Operating During Covid-19
Resources for Musicians & Music Educators
Resources for Dancers & Dance Educators
Stewardship Relief Grants from the State Historic Preservation Office

The purpose of this funding is to encourage and support the continued safeguarding of historic resources at a time when many organizations are experiencing economic distress because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a grant with a maximum of $1,000 and is for reimbursing basic utilities and regular maintenance costs (like lawn care) associated with operating a designated historic resource. The eligible applicant is a 501(c)3 non-profit that owns or is leasing long-term (20 years or more) a designated historic resource.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

As municipal officials begin to allow small groups of people to gather in public even while the fight against COVID-19 continues, there is a tremendous need for guidance how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible under these incredibly challenging circumstances. In response, the Event Safety Alliance released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.  

Foundation for Contemporary Artists Emergency Grants

One-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Open to individual artists based in the U.S. Applications due May 31, 2020.

Garde Arts Center Audience Survey

"We here at the Garde are looking forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, you can really help us as we plan for a post-COVID-19 future by answering the following questions. Your responses will remain anonymous. Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you in the theater again


2nd cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

Opens this Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 AM EDT and close on Wednesday, May 20 at 11:59 PM EDT. 


The Fund will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer's assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. 


The $1,250,000 fund was established by The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation and is administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

CT Humanities to Award CARES Act Funds to Humanities and Cultural Nonprofits in Need

Connecticut Humanities is honored to provide rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These grants are funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities

Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $450,000 in CARES Act funding. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and no match is required (maximum amount of funding that can be requested is based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants may be used for general operating expenses only (such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment). Full eligibility and grant guidelines can be found on our website

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants for CT Arts Organizations

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is accepting applications for its CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants. These grants are for Connecticut non-profit arts organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funds may be used for: 

  • Salary support, full or partial, for positions that are critical to an organization’s mission

  • Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged

  • Facility / occupancy costs, such as rent and utilities

  • Costs directly associated with an organization’s ability to continue operations now and in the future 


$1,500 base grant amount, plus additional funding for:  


  • $500 for organizations with at least one (1) paid position (full or partial) OR

  • $1,000 for organizations with two (2) or more paid positions (full or partial)

NOTE: Paid positions may be salaried or contractual


  • $500 for organizations that rent, lease, or own physical space for administrative purposes and/or the delivery of arts events, services, and activities. (Home offices are not eligible.)

No grant will be less than $1,500 or more than $3,000.

Due to limited funds and anticipated high volume of applications, grantees will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants with attention to geographic distribution.

For eligibility, how to apply and more, visit


State Operating Guidelines for the Arts & Culture Industry During COVID-19

CAA, in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and our state’s nine Designated Regional Services Organizations, has released COVID-19 Operating Guidelines for Connecticut’s Arts & Culture industry.

The guide is designed to aid arts and culture organizations when they reopen in accordance with the rules and recommendations of both state and federal government, and presents information that is currently recommended and/or mandated as of the date of issuance.


Statewide Arts & Culture Surveys

As part of a continued statewide effort, CAA launched a monthly quick survey in April to gauge the priority needs of our state's creative sector. A survey for May is now open through May 31. Please take five minutes to contribute to our sector’s data and let your voice be heard here.


If you are self-employed, gig performer, or independent contractor you can now apply for unemployment under the PUA. Here is what you must do….

1. you have to apply for regular unemployment first-blue button on the state unemployment site

2. you must get your letter in the mail saying you will not receive money for regular UI

3. then you can go to the unemployment site and click on the red button for PUA unemployment

Here is where to go (there are lots of things here like Q&A):

  • Grants

    • Behind The Scenes Grant

                    Accepting applications from individuals who’ve been hospitalized with Covid-19 and are in financial need.                      Must currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in                         the entertainment technology industry. Site link.


                   The US Chamber has a new grant program for small business employers. 

  • EIDL – Economic Injury Disaster Loan (approved by the government through CT banks)

    • Available for non profits and small businesses

    • No lawyer fees

    • Interest rate is 2.75%




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