Providing unrestricted operating support to ensure organizations have funds available to address their most critical needs. As grant makers continue to move toward programmatic funding, these grants are vital for organizations, allowing them to keep their lights on and continue to serve their community.

About Charter Grants

  • Provides critical, unrestricted support to organizations with a primary mission of arts.
  • Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to apply for funding, as described in the Guidelines.
  • Rigorous application review process assures donors that the Greater Hartford Arts Council holds funded organizations accountable to high managerial, fiscal and artistic standards in order to provide sound investments, as well as a diverse array of high quality cultural experiences for residents and visitors of Greater Hartford
  • Review criteria include management, programming excellence, community impact, financial oversight, and compliance with Arts Council requirements.
  • Review panels are comprised of Arts Council Board members and peers from the non-profit and arts fields. Panel recommendations reviewed by the Arts Council’s Board of Directors for final approval.

Charter Grant Impact

How exactly does unrestricted funding support local arts and culture organizations?

“When I was 13, I had no career goals and was undirected. Charter Oak gave me a place to sit down with other kids where we could discuss issues and share our art. We created an environment where we felt safe and grew as people. I am now 19 years old, in college, and an assistant teacher at Charter Oak. I would like to continue my career performing, teaching, and writing poetry books to inspire my community. Charter Oak gave me a direction in life.” – Roberto Sanchez, Youth Arts Alumnus

Hartford Chorale works to cultivate the creative talents of school-aged youth in the region in four specific ways: an internship with full scholarship, 2 rehearsals a year open to school choir singers, free tickets offered to MS and HS students, and inviting HS and Youth choirs to perform on stage with the Chorale. After one young choir student attended both open rehearsals last season and organized her class to attend a performance, she became an intern and brought her own school choir to join the Chorale in this season’s inaugural concert.

Judy Dworin Performance Project‘s ‘Moving Matters!’ Multi-Arts Residency at Parkville Community School, entering its 23rd year of operation, is having multi-generational impact in bringing art into the lives of families struggling with access to quality educational and cultural enrichment. JDPP staff overheard families arriving to watch the final sharing performance of ‘Moving Matters’ saying, “do you remember doing this when we were kids?” Families are excited to support their children, and proud of their artistic achievement. The performance had record-high family attendance this season due to their ability to provide bus transportation to and from Trinity College.


Current Charter Grant Recipients