Creation of New Work

Award Guidelines

Projects under the Creation of New Work Initiative must involve collaboration between an artist or artists and an arts organization. A specific artist or artists must be named in the request. Residencies (in which the artist works on-site over a period of time) and commissions (in which the artist may work on his or her own) will be considered.

Projects in which the organization’s own artistic director or staff creates the new work are not eligible under the Creation of New Work Initiative but are eligible under the Foundation’s regular grant making program.

CNW is designed to support local artists. To be eligible, all artists affiliated with the project must primarily live or work on their art in:

  • Avon
  • New Britain
  • Berlin
  • Newington
  • Bloomfield
  • Rocky Hill
  • East Granby
  • Simsbury
  • East Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • East Windsor
  • Vernon
  • Ellington
  • West Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Wethersfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Windsor
  • Hartford
  • Windsor Locks
  • Manchester

For 2022, only artists working in the following genres will be considered:

  • Visual Arts including multi media
  • Film

Sponsoring organizations are not restricted by their primary genre. For example, a theater may apply for a CNW grant in 2022 if the resulting work is a visual arts or film piece.

The Artist(s) must complete their project within 24 months of the grant award. Projects must begin after January 1, 2023 and be completed by December 31, 2024.

The organization will be required to submit brief status reports every three months until the project is completed.

The result of the collaboration must be new work that is exhibited for the benefit of the community. Preference will be given to pieces that are permanently installed and/or available free of charge.

Should additional funds be necessary for the presentation of the resulting work, please contact the Executive Director to discuss options before submitting your application.

Sponsoring organizations may apply for a CNW grant in consecutive years. However, if the organization received a CNW award previously, the project funded by that award must be completed prior to a new grant submission. Artists may not apply for a CNW grant in consecutive years.

Criteria for selection: Projects are judged on the following criteria:

  • artistic excellence and potential of the project to advance the artist(s)’s work
  • quality of the collaboration between the artist(s) and the organization
  • potential impact on the benefit to the community

The organization must demonstrate a clear plan for working with the artist(s) and be able to articulate the project’s benefit to the organization and the community.

The sponsoring organization and artist must submit a post-grant report within six months of the close of the project.

Who May Apply:

  • 501(c)(3) arts organizations in the Foundation’s geographic giving area. The Foundation gives priority to requests from organization is the following cities and towns in Connecticut: Hartford, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Newington, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor.
  • Artists may not apply directly to the Foundation but must seek out a partnering organization in the Foundation’s geographic giving area.
  • Organizations may apply for the Creation of New Work Initiative and to the Foundation’s regular grant making program within a twelve-month period.