Creating a vibrant & fun Capital City.

Festivals, concerts, parades and celebrations are part of what makes Hartford such a fun, exciting and dynamic place to be. Hartford Events Grants, funded in part by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, support outstanding events throughout our capital city, including downtown, that drive local business, generate excitement and energy, revitalize our neighborhoods and celebrate Hartford's rich cultural diversity. 

Grant funding is awarded to those events that connect culture and community, promote economic activity, serve wide-ranging populations and make the arts accessible to all. 

About Hartford Events Grants:

  • Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000; the maximum grant request is $5,000. The grant request cannot exceed 50% of the program budget
  • Grants are awarded in two rounds based on event date. Refer to the deadlines & timeline for the appropriate round
  • Fundraisers and benefits are ineligible for Hartford Events Grant funding
  • Applications must be preceded by an Intent to Apply form and adhere to current guidelines. Please download and review current guidelines before submitting intents to apply or a formal application
  • Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the Arts Council's free-of-cost umbrella marketing services and social media outlets to promote events

A special permit is required from the City of Hartford for any event held on City property, City buildings and/or private property that requires specific City or State permits or authorizations, as well as the use of City services and assets. Please contact the City of Hartford at http://www.hartford.gov/meca/plan-an-event or contact Marian Andoh at (860) 757-9526 or marian.andoh@hartford.gov.

Need funding for a smaller event? Learn about our newest grant program, Hartford Community Access


Contact us at Grants@LetsGoArts.org or (860) 525-8629 ext.224


Guidelines & Forms

Community Impact Goals & Indicators

2017 HEG II Final Report Form

HEG Final Report Budget Form

2017 HEG I Final Report Form

Deadlines & Timeline

Intent to Apply due December 1, 2016
Applications due January 12, 2016
Award notification in March 2016

Information Session (Registration Required): May 25, 2017; 10-11 PM
Intent to Apply due June 29, 2017
Applications due July 20, 2017
Award notification in late September 2017

Late applications are not accepted.

Past Awards

2017 Grant Recipients

2016 Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients

2013 Grant Recipients

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