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CITY OF HARTFORD ACCEPTING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS AND CREATIVE YOUTH ESSAY SUBMISSIONS

(March 19, 2015) – The City of Hartford is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Business Development Grant for Artists and the Creative Industry and submissions for the Creative Youth Essay contest for middle school and high school students. The Business Development grant is designed to support jobs in the creative economy.  Funded through a federal Community Development Block Grant, the grant will award more than $100,000 to Hartford-based artists for business related operational costs and equipment purchases. The Creative Youth Essay contest is open to all students in 7th to 10th grade from Hartford public, private or magnet schools. Submissions must be original essays on subjects that explore art, culture and their impact on local communities. This is the third year that the City’s Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs Division has sponsored the contest with past participation numbering over 85 entries.  

Applications for the Business Development Grant must be mailed or hand delivered by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  The deadline for the Creative Youth Essay Contest is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. All essays must be postmarked, e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Creative Youth Essay” or hand delivered during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced April 30, 2015. Contest guidelines are available for download here.

For further information contact Andres Chaparro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-757-4895 or Kristina Newman Scott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 860-757-9016.

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