(March 26, 2014) The City of Hartford’s Marketing, Events, and Cultural Affairs (MECA) Division in the Department of Development Services has announced the release of the 2014 – 2015 Business Development Grants for Artists and the Creative Industry. Designed to build jobs through the creative economy, the grants offer Hartford-based artists and small businesses more than $100,000 funded by federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The City’s MECA Division will be accepting proposals through to Friday, May 9, 2014.
Individual grants of up to $10,000 are administered by the City of Hartford, and may be used for business-related operational costs and equipment purchases. These grants are targeted to individuals and businesses that create, promote or distribute the arts, with the goal of creating jobs as Hartford-based artists expand their capacity to produce new work, improve marketing strategies, and grow their businesses.
Hartford’s investment in the local art community has been a powerful economic driver. In 2013, each dollar invested through the Arts and Heritage Jobs Grant brought in $13.18 in audience spending. Since its inception in 2009, the program has become a nationally recognized model for using the arts to stimulate local economy, and create short- and long-term job opportunities.
For immediate release, March 26, 2014