Available Grants

Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program

The Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant provides support to arts and cultural programming and services within the city of New Haven. Communities include under-served populations, mental health programs & facilities; youth & senior programs and centers; hospitals and mixed or lower income housing are especially encouraged to apply.  Applicants should also consider the use of New Haven’s public parks and spaces.

2021 Letter of Intent Form

2021 Grant Application Packet (PDF) - FOR REFERENCE ONLY

2019 Grant Award Recipients>

Panelist Nomination Form Mayor's Community Arts Grant>

The Goals of the Grant are

  1. to foster the creation of arts (visual art, music, dance, theater, etc.)
  2. to strengthen social cohesion by creating opportunities for people of any age to connect and celebrate, both within and across cultures
  3. to provide rigorous, professional-caliber arts training opportunities for young people;
  4. to contribute to the development of equitable sustainable partnerships and collaborations across the community.

Projects Considered

Performances, productions, festivals, film, public art projects (proposed mural or other public art projects must be reviewed and discussed with Arts, Culture & Tourism staff prior to submission of an application), arts-focused apprenticeships, arts-focused workshops or training.

** Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions virtual programs and projects will be considered.

Who Can Apply

Individuals who are presenting, teaching or practicing artists and non-profit arts or cultural organizations working with undeserved neighborhood-based communities in the City of New Haven are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000 in financial support.

City of New Haven Departments, Agencies, Commissions or the Board of Education are not eligible to apply. The proposed activities must take place in New Haven. Note: Youth groups submitting proposals must have an adult adviser.

Guidelines and Application

Grant guidelines are now available .  Letter of Intent deadline is March 1, 2021.  Letters of intent can completed online at this link.  If you do not have access to a computer to complete the form online contact, 203-946-7172 , or

Notice:  Application deadline is April 1, 2021.

Information and Grant Writing Sessions

Virtual Grant Information Sessions will be hosted on Thursday, February 11 at 11:00am; Tuesday, February 16 at 3:00pm; and Thursday, February 18 at 5:00pm.  All new applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one (1) of the offered information sessions.  Please email to reserve a spot and receive meeting link.

Help with Completing your Application

Contact the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism to request an appointment by calling (203) 946-7172 or visit:

Become a Grants Program Panelist

Complete the Panelist Nomination Form

The Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism seeks individuals to serve on the grants review panel. Panelists are responsible for reviewing and evaluating qualifying proposals. The Grants Panel includes representatives from the Cultural Affairs Commission, artists and/or individuals with knowledge or interest in community arts. Interested individuals should complete the Panelist Nomination Form and submit to


For more information about the grant program contact:
Kim Futrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
phone: 203.946.7172