Subject: CT Office of the Arts Grant Info Sessions Offered in Stamford & Fairfield, Coordinated by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 7,  2017
Media Contact:
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Offers Information Sessions, on Behalf of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, to Answer Questions About Applying for FY18 Arts Grants With Application Deadlines in March of 2017
(Norwalk, CT)  The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) is offering two information sessions, one in Stamford and one in Fairfield, on behalf of the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), to assist in disseminating information about the COA FY18 grant offerings. The state Office of the Arts FY18 grants fall into three categories: Supporting Arts in Place (SAP), Arts Learning Grants, and Project Grants. The two information sessions are as follows:

Session one: Stamford, Ferguson Library (Board Room), Feb.21, 6pm. 
Space is limited and RSVPs are essential. Sign up for Stamford Here.

Session two: Fairfield Public Library (Memorial Room), Feb. 22, 10-11:30am.
Space is limited and RSVPs are essential. Sign up for Fairfield Here.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend as grant application deadlines are March 15th and March 22nd, depending on particular grant type. A PowerPoint presentation created by COA will be available and used at the sessions, and a webinair will be made available shortly. Applications and Guidelines have been streamlined to make applying for these grants easier than in previous years. Below are outlines of the three grant types, with links for more specific information:

SUPPORTING ARTS IN PLACE (SAP) - Deadline: March 15. Guidelines available Here 

Supporting Arts in Place awards matching grants to eligible arts organizations and municipal art departments to strengthen the state's non-profit arts industry. Applicants do not request specific grant amounts. All eligible applicants to the Supporting Arts in Place category receive an award*. Awards are determined by mathematical formula that considers the following factors:

• Available funds (allocated to the Supporting Arts in Place category) 
• Total number of applicants 
• Calculations generated from the aggregate data collected

Eligible applicants include:
• Arts Organizations
• Municipal Art Departments Level B or Level C

All Supporting Arts in Place grant awards require a 100% match, cannot be matched with other CT state funds but may use In-Kind contributions to meet up to 25% of their match.

ARTS LEARNING GRANTS - Deadline March 15. Guidelines available Here 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts promotes teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts, through high quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration and discovery experiences. Through its Higher Order of Thinking (HOT) Schools program, COA has developed a "Continuum of Practice" to serve as a guide for PK-12 schools to self identify their current practice in arts learning, and, through its Arts Learning Grants, COA provides opportunities for schools to advance along the arts learning continuum. Arts Learning Grants provide funding in three (3) distinct categories:

Access - Exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performances, "informances" and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups or arts venues. Grant amount: $700. Deadline: Rolling

Connection and Correlations - Extension of arts access experiences that begin to make connections between the arts experience and PK-12 curriculum. Grant amount: $3,000. Deadline: March 15

Integration - Sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines, effectively advancing knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and/or skills in other disciplines. Grant amount: $5,000. Deadline: March 15.

PROJECT GRANTS - Deadline March 22. Guidelines Available Here

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Project Grants program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with the READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, Inclusion) framework. Grant requests range from $5,000 to $15,000 for planning and implementation of arts-based projects for Connecticut audiences, communities, and participants. Projects of all artistic disciplines are encouraged and must engage at least one Connecticut artist in a significant project role. Projects should be accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is meant to serve. Eligible applicants must reside in Connecticut and be one of the following:

● Artist - An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor
● Arts Organization with 501(c)3 status or with a fiscal sponsor
● 501(c)3 non-arts organization with a history of conducting successful arts projects
● Municipal Arts Department Level C
● School District

REGIONAL INITIATIVE GRANTS - Deadline March 22. Application Guidelines available Here

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Regional Initiative (REGI) Grant Program encourages and supports small community arts projects that are aligned with the READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion) framework. Regional Initiative grants are a good fit for applicants that intend to use small arts-based projects to engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or that bring neighborhoods together. Matching grant requests range between $1,000 and $4,000 and the funding of projects is regionally distributed throughout the state with partnership support from Regional Service Organizations. Eligible applicants must reside in Connecticut and be one of the following: 

● Artist - An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor
● Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor
● A 501(c)3 non-arts organization with a history of conducting successful arts projects
● Municipal Department
● School Districts or Individual School
● Library
● College or University

*All grants funds are dependent on state and federal annual appropriations as allotted by the Governor, the Connecticut General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore, all grant monies are contingent on availability. 

For more information on these sessions, please contact David Green, Director of Membership and Programs at the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County: David@CulturalAllianceFC.org or (203) 256-2329.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has over 500 members, comprised of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, creative businesses, artists, libraries and municipalities. The mission of the organization is to support its membership - and the cultural sector - by providing promotion, services and advocacy. CAFC maintains the region’s most comprehensive online event calendar for all things arts & culture, www.FCBuzz.org

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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, 
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or 203.256.2329

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