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The Greater Hartford Arts Council provides grant funding to more than 150 arts and heritage organizations through the following grant programs:

General Operating Support

Operating support is the “power source” behind an organization. It keeps the theater’s lights on, the museum’s doors open, and the school outreach programs funded.

Artists Collective

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Charter Oak Cultural Center

Community Partners in Action’s Prison Arts Program


Connecticut Guitar Society

Hartford Children's Theatre

Hartford Chorale

Hartford Stage

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Hill-Stead Museum

Judy Dworin Performance Project

Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

Mark Twain House & Museum

New Britain Museum of American Art

Real Art Ways


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Community Events Grants

Provides support to encourage and enhance annual events throughout Hartford’s neighborhoods, including downtown.

Ancient Burying Ground

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at Charter Oak Cultural Center

Billings Forge Community Works

Black-Eyed & Bluesfest

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Caribbean American Dance Company

Children’s Latino Film Festival

Cinestudio Theater

Columbus Day Celebration & Parade


Connecticut Ballet

Connecticut Dance Alliance

Connecticut Landmarks

Dragon Boat Races & Asian Festival

Ebony Horsewomen

First Night Hartford

Friends of Vintage Baseball

Full Force Dance Theatre

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Guitar in the City

Guitar Under the Stars

HartBeat Ensemble

Hartford Public Library

Hartford Stage

Hope Out Loud Peace & Arts Festival

ING Hartford Marathon

Institute of Community Research

Italian American Celebration

Joyful Noise

Keney Park Family Day

Knox Parks Foundation

Korean Language and Cultural Education Institution

Kwanzaa Celebration at Artists Collective

Lift Every Voice Gospel Festival

Monday Night Jazz

New England Jazz Ensemble

Old State House

Open Studios Hartford

OPUS, Inc.

Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival

Puerto Rican Day Parade

Queen Ann Nzinga Center

Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival

Riverfront Recapture’s RiverFest

Scapegoat Garden

South Marshall Street Block Party

Spectrum in Motion

Taste of Peru

Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival

Ted Hershey Dance & Music Marathon

The Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Trinity College

Veterans Day Parade

Woodland Concert Series


Heritage Advancement Grants

This grant program is designed to help Greater Hartford’s heritage organizations address professional staffing needs, increase their capacity for serving visitors, and build sustainability and institutional effectiveness.

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Connecticut Explored

Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut Landmarks

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Lutz Children’s Museum

Manchester Historical Society

New Britain Youth Museum

New England Air Museum

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society



Neighborhood Arts & Heritage

Supports creative projects and programs by cultural, heritage, historical and social service organizations in the Greater Hartford region that enrich the quality of life for its participants.

American Clock & Watch Museum

Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Ballet Theatre Company

Billings Forge Community Works

Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation

Cinestudio Theater

Circle of Life: Arts for All

City Singers of Hartford

Connecticut Audobon Society at Glastonbury

Connecticut Dance Alliance

Connecticut Institute for the Blind

Enfield Cultural Arts Commission

Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra

First Baptist Church of West Hartford

First Church of Christ, Glastonbury

Footlights, Inc.

Granby Artists Association

Granby Family Dance Series

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

HartBeat Ensemble

Hartford Jazz Society

Hartford Public Library

Institute for Community Research

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

Klingberg Family Centers

Leadership Greater Hartford

Lutz Children's Museum

Main Street Singers/The

Manchester Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

Music Series at South Church/The

National Theater of the Deaf

New England Air Museum

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra

Peace Train Foundation

Plainville Wind Ensemble

Simsbury Community Band

Simsbury Open Studios

The Carol Autorino Center at Saint Joseph College

Theatre Guild of Simsbury

West Hartford Art League

West Indian Celebration

West Indian Independence Celebration

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

Wethersfield Historical Society

Windsor Art Center

Windsor Historical Society


Neighborhood Studios

Neighborhood Studios hires teens to work as art apprentices alongside Master Teaching Artists in studios located throughout Hartford and has been recognized as a model summer youth employment program, and received a Certificate of Excellence from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Artists Collective

Spectrum in Motion at Charter Oak Cultural Center

Hartford Stage

Real Art Ways


Public Art

Monument to the Puerto Rican Family, Hartford

Mayor Mike Memorial, Hartford

Conservation and Maintenance to existing work


Solo Writers Fellowship

Supports writers of various genres to foster imagination, focus and creativity. The purpose of this grant program is to reinforce the importance and value of writers within our community.

Michael Burgan, West Haven

Pegi Deitz Shea, Rockville

Mary Donnarumma Sharnick, Beacon Falls

Jonathan Gillman, Chester

Susan Kinsolving, Bridgewater

Edward Markiewicz, Rocky Hill

Leslie McGrath Taylor, Stonington

Maureen O'Brien, West Hartford

V. Penelope Pelizzon, Willimantic

Julia H. Pistell, Hartford

Dan Pope, West Hartford

Thomas M. Ratliff, Plainville

Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Milford

Dana Rondel, West Hartford

Ravi Shankar, Chester

Edwina Trentham, Moodus