Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (CT DECD) Office of the Arts is partnering with Connecticut Sea Grant to enhance the Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program, increasing the overall amount of funds available to $1,500.

One or more awards will be made to an artist or group of artists through this competitive funding program. The maximum amount of any award is $1,000. The winning submission(s) will be selected on the basis of aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant themes, as well as potential impact on non-traditional “audiences.”

Eligibility: Artists or groups of artists who live in Connecticut, or whose work is related to Connecticut’s coastal and marine environments and/or Long Island Sound are eligible for funding consideration. All artistic disciplines are eligible. Previous recipients of Sea Grant Arts Awards are not eligible for five years. Please note that the awardee selected to receive funding derived from the CT DECD Office of the Arts must be a Connecticut resident.

Application Procedure: The application should be submitted electronically as a compiled PDF file with one additional media file (mp3 or mov file), if needed, via email to: for receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday May 11, 2020. If the proposal or additional media file exceeds 3 MB, provide an online link or utilize a Dropbox (i.e.; to transfer the media. Submissions that are not received by the 4:30 p.m. ET deadline will not be considered for funding in this year’s competition.

The application must include the following items:

  • completed summary form (available at:
  • maximum two-page statement outlining: the objectives of the proposal, the relevance of the proposed work to marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant’s mission; specific plans for performing or exhibiting the work(s); and plans to reach a large, diverse or non-traditional audience with message(s) compatible with Sea Grant outreach efforts
  • itemized budget (note that funds may not be used to pay salaries or travel costs, see details below under Terms of Award)
  • budget explanation describing the proposed use of the funds
  • One- to two-page resume or summary of exhibition history and professional credentials
  • digital portfolio composed of a representation or outline of the proposed new work, in addition to previous works, containing image, video, text or audio files. See Work Sample Requirements below for detailed guidelines.

Note that the summary form, budget, budget explanation, resume and digital portfolio are not included in the two-page limit. Please submit all required documents and do not include additional support materials with your proposal.

Deadlines:  The deadline for submissions for the 2020 award has passed. Please check back for information about the 2021 award.

Criteria for Selection: Relevance to Connecticut Sea Grant’s themes as outlined in the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan ( and artistic merit are the primary selection criteria, but the proposal will also be judged on the basis of its tangible outcomes, such as new works produced and displayed, number of art exhibitions planned, and ability to reach a large, diverse and/or non-traditional audience. This funding opportunity is aimed at funding new work or a body of new works. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel convened by Connecticut Sea Grant that includes arts professionals.

Terms of Award: These funds may be used to pay for supplies and other costs associated with producing works of art, exclusive of payment of salary and travel. The funds must be used within one year of receiving the award. Artists will be asked to give permission to Connecticut Sea Grant and the CT DECD Office of the Arts to use images representing the work in promoting the Arts Support Awards Program’s accomplishments. A written report of the results of creative activities supported by Sea Grant and CT DECD Office of the Arts, including visual documentation of the artistic pieces and other outcomes, is required at the conclusion of the project. Projects are expected to be completed within 12 months of funding and recipient(s) are required to provide a final report at the end of the project. Recipient(s) are expected to interface with the Connecticut Sea Grant communications office while implementing funded projects. They should also acknowledge the support of Connecticut Sea Grant and the CT DECD Office of the Arts in any publicity or printed matter associated with the art developed from this award, and work with the communications office to obtain the Connecticut Sea Grant logo, which should be displayed in advertising associated with any public showings and in funding acknowledgments. Connecticut Sea Grant requests notification of all exhibitions displaying artworks funded under the award. If possible, funded artists are asked to arrange a showing of their completed work at the Alexey Von Schlippe Art Gallery at the Avery Point campus of UConn. Please note that the awardee selected to receive funding derived from the CT DECD Office of the Arts must be a Connecticut resident.

Work sample requirements

Writers: Writing samples should be representative of the genre in which you propose to work. Works-in-progress may be submitted but should be accompanied by a sample of your finished work. Submit one digital file in WORD or PDF format containing an outline or portion of the proposed work as well as one of the following: (a) six to ten poems, or (b) up to two short stories, or (c) the first chapter or twenty pages of a book (do NOT send a complete book), or (d) a script of a complete work.
Visual artists: Submit one digital file in PDF format containing rough sketch(es), model(s) or sample photo(s) of the proposed work as well as digital images of recent work, not to exceed 10 images in total (including both proposed and previous works), and a corresponding sheet listing images by title, medium, size, and year work was completed. Please ensure that the images are sized large enough to allow for viewing the details of the works.
Composers: Submit one digital file in PDF format containing a sample of the proposed work as well as: (a) up to three scores (include your name, duration of composition, and date of composition), and, if available, (b) a corresponding audio file in MP3 format of the works labeled with title and your name.
New genres (Video, film, installation, performance, conceptual art, interactive multi-media, and related work): Submit an outline or sample of the proposed work as well as examples of previous works in the form of one digital file (see details below) or link to a web-site URL of the following: short video (not to exceed 6 minutes) or series of digital images. This should be accompanied by a WORD or PDF file containing: title, artist name, duration of piece and date as well as a description of no more than one page contextualizing the segment. If submitting your works as a digital file, use PDF or MOV format or file format compatible with Quick Time or Real Player.

For guidance and forms and information, visit these links:

Or contact:

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, research coordinator
Connecticut Sea Grant College Program
The University of Connecticut
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6048
Tel. (860) 405-9278; FAX: (860) 405-9109