Get ready Connecticut, Assets for Artists is coming to you!
That’s right, our unique matched grant and training program is now available to artists in rural Connecticut. You’ll gain valuable financial and business skills, create a plan for growing your artistic business, and receive a $1,000 or $2,000 matching grant to help implement that plan!
Applications are due Friday, December 11th. Click here to apply, and keep reading to learn more!
What’s This All About?
Assets for Artists is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Since 2008, Assets for Artists has served over 200 artists across the Northeast.
Thanks to support from the USDA and partnerships with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and regional arts organizations, we’re now able to offer our A4A services to artists based in rural-eligible areas of Connecticut.
Artists selected for our Matched Grant Savings Program will receive:
- A “matched savings” grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative business. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing their business plan.
- Free professional development services, including workshops on financial management and business planning.
- Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.
Who Should Apply?
Applicants should be motivated to develop a business plan, save funds, and make investments aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of their artistic practice.
Eligible applicants include Connecticut artists / creative entrepreneurs:
- at ALL income levels.
- in ALL disciplines — artisans, visual artists, designers, film-makers, photographers, performers, etc. — whose practice would greatly benefit from the opportunity to improve their financial and business management skills in order to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises.
- based (with either a home or studio address) in a Connecticut town that meets the USDA definition of “rural.” Eligible locations include all Connecticut towns EXCEPT the following locations that do NOT meet the rural eligibility criteria: southern Fairfield County, southern New Haven County, and the towns/cities of Waterbury, Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, South Windsor, Manchester, Vernon, Bristol, Plainville, Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Cromwell are not eligible.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic strength, readiness to benefit from the program services, and financial need. (While lower-income applicants are eligible for greater funding, artists at ALL income levels are encouraged to apply.)
If you are a Connecticut artist in a non-rural area, you may still be able to participate in training opportunities that we will make available through this program in spring/summer 2016. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates from Assets for Artists, and click here to join our email list and receive announcements about future opportunities.
What Are Past Participants Saying?
|“Assets for Artists did exactly what I was hoping it would do: It gave me skills and knowledge in areas I was lacking, incentives to create a habit of putting money aside, and guidelines for thinking about my business in clear and efficient ways.” – Matt Lorenz, Musician (Amherst, MA)|
“This grant and its process was deeply changing, even transformative, and it came at just the right time for me.”
– Anne Lilly, Sculptor (Boston, MA)
|“Going through the various workshops and drafting a business plan was a meaningful step in my development as a professional filmmaker. I found the workshops all very informative and… writing the plan was a useful way for me to consider my work from a marketing standpoint, as well as develop a strategy for promoting my work in a way that can help fund my future projects. After completing both the workshops and business plan, I feel far more confident about my ability to run a business and compete in the film world. Assets for Artists is a wonderful program and I feel so fortunate to have been selected. I hope many other artists can benefit from this program as much as I have.”– Chris Giamo, Filmmaker (Portland, ME)|
|“I made a commitment to devote 2013 to figuring out my finances. Assets for Artists has been essential in making this goal a reality. I’ve been recommending it to every artist I know! It’s made a big difference in the perspective of my financial future and the program has taught me so much that I missed while getting my degree.” – Greta Rybus, Photographer (Portland, ME)|
What Are You Waiting For?
Applications are due by December 11, 2015. Click here to apply!
Not located in rural Connecticut? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area!
This program is made possible by the dedication of our wonderful partner organizations MASS MoCA, ArtHome, the Midas Collaborative, the Connecticut Office of the Arts / Department of Economic and Community Development, the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, and Windham Arts
…plus the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Assets For Independence (AFI) Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Endowment for the Arts.