Dance Resources


COA Artists Respond Grant Program

The Artists Respond grant program provides direct funding to Connecticut artists to pursue community-based projects that use the arts to respond to social issues, current events, and community needs.

Projects must occur in Connecticut and may address a range of social issues such as equity and racial justice, community development, empowerment of LGBTQ communities, COVID-19/pandemic, mental health, and other artist-centered initiatives that use the arts to inspire, empower, educate, and transform our Connecticut communities.

The Artists Respond program aims to invest in a wide range of community-based projects from large audience events to small group activities with grant funds supporting Artist Fees. Learn more about the program on the COA website.

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Connecticut Dance Alliance Jump Start Award

With a mission to strengthen the field of dance in Connecticut, the Jump Start Award for Connecticut Dance provides multi-layered support for Connecticut’s choreographers. This award program aims to support Connecticut choreographers creating original work in any dance genre and at any career level, to move forward and “jump start” their careers by providing artists with:

  • $250-$500 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or “jump start” their work or career; and
  • 3 hours of consulting/mentorship with a mentor in a chosen area of need and/or interest to the artist such as artistic, technical, marketing and communication, or business planning to assist in project implementation
  • A series of cohort (awardees) meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships and allow for co-learning.
  • 1-year free choreographer membership in The Connecticut Dance Alliance

Applications are accepted each year in the spring and winners are announced in the fall. We strongly encourage all artists to apply.

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Supporting Arts Grants

The FY22 Supporting Arts grant program is open and accepting applications.

The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization.

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