The Arts & Wellness Grant Program supports arts-focused programs and projects that promote healing and wellness through the arts within the Greater Hartford Art’s Council’s 34-town service area. The arts can be used to address the health and wellness needs of the community, including healing the whole person. The arts can address stresses that impact our community and our physical, mental and emotional health. Competitive applications will demonstrate a strong connection between the arts and healing, as well as an understanding of the unique needs during these challenging times. The Arts & Wellness Grant program is made possible through the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, with major support provided by UnitedHealthCare.
The program will award four $2,500 grants and is open to 501(c)(3) organizations within the Arts Council’s 34-town service area. Matching funds are not required to receive an Arts & Wellness Grant, although initiatives with matching funds are encouraged.
It is strongly recommended that applicants contact Arts Council staff to discuss your project in advance of submitting an application.
Guidelines & Forms
Application Dates & Deadlines
|Application Deadline||October 29, 2021|
|Award Notification||Late December 2021|
|Grant Cycle||January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022|
“When I was 13, I had no career goals and was un-directed. 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
"Social isolation and loneliness are common issues for physically disabled persons and seniors. The Weaving Center's artisan program provides people with consistent opportunities to learn in a group, socialize over lunch, and work through creative and personal challenges in a supportive community. In addition to the social benefit of the close-knit community, artisans express how working through a creative challenge and physically creating a brand new textile boosts their sense of personal accomplishment."
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.