Grant Information


Under Middletown Code of Ordinances, Chapter 44, Section 44-11 Federal, state or other grants, Part B and herein transcribed in its entirety: Municipal Grant Awards: Unless specifically approved by the Common Council, all grants requiring the expenditure of any City funds must have a 1:1 matching requirement so that every dollar expended by the City is matched by a dollar expended by non-City sources. No City funds may be used in meeting this dollar-for-dollar matching requirement, nor may any in-kind services be used as equivalents to meet the matching requirement. Every dollar expended by the City must be matched by an actual dollar expended by non-City sources. When applying for municipal grants, the prospective grant recipients must submit copies of the organization’s budget from the prior year and the year in which the grant is sought, financial statements for the most current reporting period, and a list of funding sources for the prior year and the year in which the grant is requested. [Added 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 07-16]


The Middletown Commission on the Arts welcomes grant applications for programs and/or projects that enrich the lives of Middletown residents through arts and cultural related activities and programs. It shall be the policy of the MCA to encourage and stimulate artistic and cultural creativity within the community. The intent of the Municipal Arts Grant Awards is to provide eligible applicants support for arts and cultural projects, events and activities that benefit Middletown residents.  


It is required to read the MCA General Guidelines prior to submitting an MCA Grant Application. Please contact the Arts & Culture Coordinator with questions. Guidelines can be found at this link provided: MCA MUNICIPAL ARTS GRANT GUIDELINES


Commission funded art and cultural related programs, projects, events, performances, exhibitions, and public art, include but are not limited to: Community/Teaching, Choreography/Dance, Cultural/Traditional Arts, Design, Digital Media/Film, Literary Arts, Music, Theater/Playwriting, and Visual Arts. The MCA is particularly interested in proposals that reach the city’s children and youth as well as the diverse community of Middletown residents. Applicants are limited to one (1) award per 12 month period.

A. GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT (GOS): funding support greater than $5,000 toward the general operations of a non-profit arts organization. Only nonprofit organizations may apply for GOS. Deadline to apply is the second Monday of January, 2024.

B. PROJECT SUPPORT GRANT (PSG): funding support in an amount up to $7,999 toward an art and/or culture related project by an organization, business, or individual/group. Deadline to apply is the second Monday of September 2023 for projects with a start date after December 31st, 2023, and the second Monday of January 2024 for projects with a start date after April 1st, 2024. 

MUNICIPAL ARTS GRANT APPLICATION has reached the deadline and will reopen on July 1, 2024. 


FAQ's for MCA Grants - Open Link



1. Click on the "Save Progress" button prior to starting the application to create a profile password. This feature will allow you to close the document, save your information, and return to the applicaiton and its contents. 

2. Read the General Guidelines & Checklist for the grant applicaiton. 

3. Review the full application and its questions prior to completing the application.

4. Have all necessary attachments ready to upload when filling out the application. For example, some applicants may need the following documents: expenditures/budget reports, financial statements, mission statement, registrations, permits, licenses and certificates of insurance.


Applications must be received by the MCA Office Staff by 4 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Staff will confirm receipt of application by email. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  


Notification of the application going live will be made available on the Arts Office social media page and email distribution. To join the email distribution list, visit this link provided to sign up under the title for Arts Communication. 

Questions: Contact the City of Middletown Arts & Culture Office at 860-638-4510, or email