The Back in Business Grant program, made possible by support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, supports the safe reopening of the arts sector for arts organization employees, artists, and the public. Back in Business Grant funding can be used on expenses related to reopening arts organizations, increasing audience capacity to pre-pandemic levels, and for individual artists to restart art workshops and other artistic engagements with the public. This may include personal protective equipment, safety supplies, staff training, and building upgrades that are directly related to safely reopening.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. No match requirement.

Applicants are encouraged to speak with Arts Council staff before submitting an application. If you have questions about your application or would like to talk through your proposal with Arts Council staff, please reach out to grants@letsgoarts.org and we will be happy to assist you.  



Eligible expenses must be directly related to reopening or returning to higher audience capacity. All funded expenses must be incurred within the grant period. All funded expenses must be directly related to safely reopening for business or increasing audience capacity.

More information on expenses and eligibility may be found in program guidelines below.  


Back in Business Grant Guidelines

Back in Business Application

Back In Business Budget Form

Back In Business Final Report Budget Form

Back in Business Final Report


Application Deadline September 17, 2021
Award Notification October 2021
Event Dates November 2021 – April 2022

Program Service Area