About Summer Events Grants

The Summer Events Grants, made possible by Summer in the City, a partnership program of the Arts Council and City of Hartford with support from Raytheon Technologies, supports community arts and cultural events happening in the City of Hartford that are free to the public. While the definition of an event can be broad, projects funded through this program can include concerts, festivals, parades, and public celebrations with clear arts connections such as music, spoken word, dance or visual arts; and similar activities. The arts must be the central focus of the event and events must draw both a local and regional audience.  

Priority will be given to events requiring support for city services such as Department of Public Works fees, police and fire fees, permit and road closure fees. 

Grants are available up to $7,500. Projects must be free and accessible to the general public. Eligible events will take place in the Summer of 2021 (July through September).  

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.  


Funded activities must be free and open to the general public and not be restricted to a certain group (for example, students of a particular school or members of a club). Check with Arts Council staff if you are unsure if your activity is eligible for funding. 

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Dance, theater, music, visual arts, literature, combination or multiple art form performances. 
  • Concerts, parades, festivals, performances, celebrations of local artists, ethnic identity, social, or culturally specific traditions 

To be eligible for consideration, applicant must: 

  • Be a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Connecticut with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service; 
  • Maintain a primary physical address within the Arts Council’s service area (see map). The primary physical address is the address the organization uses on federal tax documents. 
  • Submit an application by the deadline following the proper format as outlined in the grant guidelines and application, including required attachments; 
  • Apply for an event occurring between the event dates specified in the Deadlines and Notification Dates section above; 
  • Apply for an event physically occurring within the City of Hartford (including the University of Hartford grounds & Elizabeth Park). 

Guidelines & Forms

Summer Events Grant Guidelines

Summer Events Application

Summer Event Grant Budget Form

Summer Events Final Report

Summer Events Grant  Final Report Budget Form

Important Dates

Application Deadline June 14, 2021
Award Notification June 30, 2021
Event Dates July 2021 – September 2021

Service Area