Community Impact Goals & Indicators 

To highlight the incredible impact the arts have on the Greater Hartford region, the Arts Council has developed the following set of Community Impact Goals & Indicators that will help guide our granting efforts. These goals will help ensure that we are able to clearly demonstrate the powerful work being done by local arts and cultural organizations, with the assistance of United Arts Campaign funding.

The following goals will be taken into consideration by our volunteer grants panel participants when evaluating applications:

1. | Increase Greater Hartford’s ability to attract and retain talent by leveraging the value of extraordinary arts experiences as an integral part of the region’s quality of life. 

Indicators of success include efforts to:

  • Develop and share stories about the arts that distinguish the region as an exceptional place to live and work.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, agencies and governmental entities to leverage promotional opportunities for cultural activities across the region.
  • Attract those who live in other communities in the Capitol Region and engage them in the work of your organization.
  • Effectively utilize digital capabilities and social media to reach and engage new audiences.
  • Leverage assets and capacities with other arts organizations to expand impact, access, and sustainability


2. | Promote intercultural understanding by supporting arts experiences that include, represent, and engage all populations regardless of their ethnic, cultural, social, economic, and ability backgrounds. 

Indicators of success include efforts to:

  • Promote and create programming with engagement across ethnic, cultural, social, economic, and ability backgrounds.
  • Increase the active participation in the organization’s base audience with constituents that represent and reflect all communities
  • Present artwork and artists that are inclusive of all members of the community (race, gender, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religion, etc.)
  • Present programming that uses art to tell the unique stories that are inclusive of all members of the community (race, gender, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religion, etc.)
  • Strengthen communities through intercultural artistic partnerships and collaborations 

3. | Utilize the arts to cultivate the creative talents of school-aged (pre-K through grade 12)  youth in the region, especially those whose economic conditions present a barrier to access.

Indicators of success include efforts to:

  • Cultivate the next generation of arts patrons and/or artists by providing opportunities for youth to actively participate in the creation of, and appreciation for, art.
  • Foster collaborations with schools to promote and integrate the arts in education (such as STEM to STEAM strategies to encourage the integration of the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math.)
  • Utilize the arts as a means to cultivate creative thinking, enhance problem solving and improve academic performance.

4. | Enhance the vibrancy of communities that have been marginalized, disadvantaged, or underrepresented by increasing residents’ accessibility to arts experiences and institutions. 

Indicators of success include efforts to:

  • Reduce barriers to participation, economic, language, transportation barriers, etc.
  • Increase the variety and frequency of arts experiences to engage audiences in the local communities where they live (as opposed to drawing them to your institution’s physical location).
  • Increase access and inclusion for individuals from historically underserved communities
  • Increase the variety and frequency of arts experiences embedded in or accessible to neighborhoods throughout the region
  • Provide space to access art and creativity for marginalized, disadvantaged, or underrepresented communities
  • Promote forms of expression and cultural traditions that are often marginalized

5. | Engage members of diverse communities to explore social issues of broad public concern together through the arts.

Indicators of success include efforts to:

  • Utilize art as a means to invite participation that generates dialogue, raises awareness, and/or cultivates intercultural understanding.
  • Build capacity, resilience, and economic viability for individual artists or arts organizations directly tackling social issues within the communities they are part of.
  • Create pathways that provide opportunities to explore intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religion, etc.


Grant Programs

Read these descriptions and follow the links below to learn about each of our grant programs.

Charter Grants
Unrestricted funding for the region's most significant cultural assets, supporting essential expenses.
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Recent Recipients

Artscape Grants
Grants to community programs and projects that use the arts to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns.
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Recent Recipients

Hartford Events Grants
Supporting cultural events, parades, festivals and performances in the Capital City.
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Recent Recipients

Ignition Grants
Brand-new, capacity building support to drive arts innovation and revolutionary new solutions.
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Recent Recipients

Neighborhood Studios
Summer arts apprenticeship program managed by the Arts Council and hosted by local cultural institutions. Grant awards cover studio expenses and apprentice stipends.
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Arts & Wellness Grants
Supports programs and projects that address health issues by utilizing creativity as a tool to enrich lives. 
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