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Arts & Culture Grants 

Our region’s arts and culture organizations are at the center of community vitality. They serve as a place for coming together for conversation and dialogue. They spur economic and community development, provide a platform for under-represented and aspiring artists, and enrich the education and experiences of young people.

We provide support to arts and culture organizations in our region that engage their communities and contribute to community vibrancy. Priority is given to organizations valued by their community, as demonstrated by membership, volunteer support, attendance, fundraising, and sustained earned revenue.

Types of grants

Program Support – For specific programs and services aligned with one of our six focus areas, and their corresponding priorities and goals.

General Operating Support – Only for nonprofits previously funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Your organization should demonstrate strong results and articulate how this support will contribute to the quality, quantity, sustainability and/or responsiveness of your organization’s services and/or programming.

Capacity Building Support – Only for nonprofits previously funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation. This support aims to strengthen high impact and/or high potential Fairfield County nonprofits so you can achieve your goals more effectively and sustainably.

Click here for information on how to apply for a grant.

Contact Us

Email Sharon Jones, Program Administrative Assistant, at sjones@fccfoundation.org or call her at 203.750.3219 with questions or for more information.

Recent grants

Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield- $ 5,000 to support their museum-school partnerships

Backcountry Jazz, Greenwich - $15,000 to support a year-round music education program for Bridgeport students

Barnum Museum, Bridgeport - $15,000 to support capital campaign feasibility study and planning

Downtown Special Services District, c/o Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Bridgeport - $15,000 to support Downtown Thursdays Free Concert series at McLevy Green

City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport - $15,000 to support stipends for local Bridgeport artists working to support the Bridgeport Art Trail and other arts-related events in Bridgeport

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Hartford - $2,500 to support the June 2014 Community Conversation on the Power of Place in Stamford

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Regional - $15,000 to provide general operating support

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Greater Danbury - $15,000 to provide general operating support

Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield - $15,000 to support fund development capacity building

Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Bridgeport - $10,000 to support free outdoor Shakespeare in downtown Bridgeport  

Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich - $2,500 to support Curiosity Concerts, a classical music series for young children

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich - $5,000 to support the Museum School Partnership with Hamilton Avenue School in Greenwich

Intake Organization, Stamford - $3,000 to support the expansion of the Native Instrument Academy in Stamford

The Klein, Bridgeport - $25,000 to provide general operating support to this nonprofit theater and performing arts education nonprofit in Bridgeport

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield - $7,500 to support community outreach concerts

Shakespeare on the Sound, Norwalk - $2,500 to support strategic planning project

Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford - $20,000 to provide general operating support

WSHU Public Radio Group, Sacred Heart University - $12,500 to support the Fairfield County news reporter position

Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan - $15,000 to support the Arts Partners Program

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport - $20,000 to provide general operating support