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City of Hartford Offers Small Businesses an Opportunity for Development

(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

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