CCT: Glossary of Application Terms



After School Program

An arts-based After School Program that operates outside of the formal PK-12 school day including before or after school, or during school vacation and summer weeks.


A Connecticut artist must:

  • Be currently active and able to submit a resume and work samples
  • Provide proof of residency in Connecticut.  If awarded a grant, applicant must provide one or more of the following: a CT municipality tax bill, a voterís registration certificate, a valid CT driverís license, tax forms.
  • Be at least 18 years old at time of application
  • Not be a full-time degree seeking student at any point during the funding period

Arts Organization

An arts organization is defined as an organization, with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, whose core mission, vision, focus and legal purpose, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, articulate a commitment to create, perform, present or promote artistic activities* AND at least 51 percent of its annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives.

*Artistic activities include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films, and allied arts and crafts.

Additional criteria required for an Arts Organization applying to the Supporting Arts grant program:

  • Be incorporated in Connecticut as a legal nonprofit entity for at least three years prior to the application date;
  • Its primary place of business and operations must be in Connecticut;
  • Have a current Certificate of Good Standing (aka Certificate of Legal Existence) from the Secretary of the Stateís Office;
  • Have a total organizational budget of more than $30,000 for each of the past three years.

Arts Organization with a fiscal sponsor 

An organization whose core mission, vision, focus and legal purpose, as stated in its Articles of Incorporation and/or bylaws, articulate a commitment to create, perform, present or promote artistic activities* AND at least 51 percent of its annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives but does not have 501(c)(3) status.  Therefore, the organization is applying with a fiscal sponsor. 

 *Artistic activities shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, films, allied arts and crafts.


Arts program of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization

A publicly accessible arts-based project or program of a Connecticut 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-arts organization.  The arts-based project or program must have a minimum two year history of operation. 

Colleges & Universities

A Connecticut college or university affiliated arts program or venue that meets the following criteria:

  • Must have at least one (1) full-time staff member responsible for the management and operations of the venue and/or affilated arts program.
  • Must validate that more than 50% of its audience is drawn from the general public, excluding students and faculty.
  • Must provide annual operating income and expense figures for its arts program/venue apart from the college/university, and must have a designated board or advisory body governing its artistic activities.
  • Must validate a broad financial base of support from outside sources (i.e., can provide required cash match beyond staff time and overhead provided by the college or university).

Municipal Department
A Connecticut municipal government entity/department/office which includes, but is not limited to, mayor's office, selectman's office, parks & recreation,  economic development, arts/culture (see next defination).

Municipal Arts Department
A Connecticut municipal government entity, such as a commission on the arts, a department of cultural affairs or a specifically designated arts office, with the purpose to conduct and/or support artistic activities, arts programming, services or arts-based initiatives.

Additional criteria required for a Municipal Arts Department applying to the Supporting Arts grant program:

  • Must have a dedicated allocation in the municipal budget; and
  • Must employ at least one (1) professional staff person dedicated to the arts department with the position funded at no less than 20 hours per week.

School District

A Connecticut School District.
PK - 12 Schools
An individual Connecticut school (public, private, magnet, charter)

COA/DECD line items

A Connecticut organization that receives Directed Local Funds  (aka a line item) through a legislative allocation within the COA/DECD state budget. Select here for full list.

COA/DECD designated Regional Service Organizations

Connecticut organizations that have been identified by COA/DECD as regional service partners. Select here for full list.

General Application Terms

Administrative Expenses:
Costs incurred on a more general basis and which are not directly associated with a specific program or department.  These expenses include staff salaries (not artist fees), fiscal sponsorship fees, the cost of general services such as accounting along with office supplies, telephone, electric bills and postage. 

A fund established with gifts or bequests that provides income for an institution through earned interest.

Evaluation Instruments
: May include surveys, polls and questionnaires, interviews, discussions, evaluation forms, checklists and documented observations that are used to assess an organizationís success and to continually refine programs and services.

Financial Statement
: Consists of a Balance Sheet (or Statement of Financial Position) reporting an organizationís assets and liabilities; and an Income Statement (or Statement of Activities) reporting revenue/support and expenses.

Fiscal SponsorshipAn arrangement in which a tax exempt entity agrees to share its tax exempt status with another entity to allow such entity to apply for grants and accept tax deductible donations.  Additional information about Fiscal Sponsorship is available at the embedded link. 

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: Full-time employees hold a salaried position that has a paid schedule of at least 35 hours per week. Part-time employees have a paid schedule of less than 35 hours per week.

Grant Contract: A legal document specifying State and Federal requirements, agreed to by the grantee in writing, that must be met or undertaken to receive a grant.

Grantee: The recipient of a grant award.

Lead Applicant: 
The entity completing and submitting all required application forms. If awarded a grant, the Lead Applicant is legally responsible to:

  • Ensure that the project is conducted in accordance with COA guidelines and additional responsibilities as specified in the contract including execution of the project, disbursement of grant funds and all other contract directives.
  • Adhere to all reporting requirements and deadlines.

Independent Auditor: A public accountant licensed to perform audits according to strict accounting practices.

In-Kind Contribution
: Goods or services that are donated and not paid for by the applying organization, e.g. volunteer time by a professional, office space, facilities, goods donated for fundraisers, etc. Additional information about In-Kind Contributions is available at the embedded link. 

Matching Grant:  A grant or gift made with the specification that the amount donated must be matched on a one-to-one basis or some other prescribed matching formula.

Match (" required match")

A cash match is a financial contribution required by the applicant in order to receive COA funding.  "Minimum cash match' means the least amount of cash the applicant must commit to the project.  "Confirmed cash match" means that the applicant must know that the minimum cash match required is committed to the project at the time the application is submitted.

Operating Budget:  Cash income and expenses related to operational activities.  Does not include capital income or expenses, endowments or cash reserves, or the value of in-kind donations.


A relationship between entities that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility toward the achievement of a specified goal through which each partner both contributes to and benefits from the endeavor. 

Project/Program Manager: 

The person responsible for leading the project from the time the grant is awarded through the end of the funding period.

Teaching Artist:

An individual artist professional who is an expert in their art form and who also teaches in, about and through the arts.  Teaching artists, as effective partners in education, provide a wide range of experiences from those that serve as a gateway to learning in the arts to those that fully integrate arts and non-arts disciplines.

COA Connecting Teaching Artists are individual artists who provide opportunities that enhance learning through arts experiences and/or link ideas between disciplines.

COA Integrating Teaching Artists are individual artists who are expert in their art form and in their ability to collaboratively plan and design sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines. Integrating artists advance knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and skills in other disciplines.

Budget Definitions

Operating Income Ė Contributed

Grants from Federal Government:
Grants from agencies of the federal government (e.g. National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities).

Grants from State Government:
Grants/appropriations from COA and other state agencies for operational and programming activities.  COA funding CANNOT be matched with other Connecticut state funds.

Grants from Municipal Government:
Grants/appropriations from city (municipal) and other local government agencies for operational/programming activities.


Contributions from Individuals:
Cash contributions for operational/programming activities. May include memberships.

Contributions from Private Foundations:
Cash support from private foundations and trusts. Include New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) funding here if applicable.


Business/Corporate Contributions:
Cash support from businesses, corporations and corporate foundations.

Fundraisers/Special Events:
The contributed portion (for which the ticket buyer did not receive a benefit) of net income from dinners, auctions, raffles and other events conducted for the sole or primary purpose of raising funds for the organizationís activities.

Other Contributed and Indirect:
Income derived from fundraising agencies, and sources not cited above.

Operating Income - Earned

Admissions/Ticket Sales:
Income derived from the sale of admissions, tickets, subscriptions, memberships, etc.

Programs & Services Revenue:
Income derived from classes, workshops, seminars, school group events, residencies, and other school-based programming.  Also, income derived through contracts for specific services outside of core programming.

Concessions, Gift Shop & Other Sales:
Income derived from catalog and gift shop sales, concessions, restaurant and other merchandise.

Advertising Sales:
Income from ads in printed programs and playbills (if not included in contributed income above).

Facility, Equipment and Other Rentals:
Include income from rental of facility, scenery, costumes, props, etc. Also revenue from parking fees.

Other Earned:
Revenue from sources not cited above. May include earned income from fundraisers (portion of ticket sales for which buyers received a benefit)

Operating Expenses


Administrative: Employee salaries, wages and benefits for executive and administrative staff including executive directors, finance, marketing, fundraising, human resources, etc. Payroll taxes may be included here.

Programmatic/Artistic: Employee salaries, wages and benefits for artistic & program staff including artistic directors, program managers, curators, conductors, composers, musicians, art instructors, etc.

Technical/Production: Employee salaries, wages and benefits for staff such as technical directors, wardrobe, lighting and sound crew, stage managers, stagehands, video technicians, exhibit installers, etc.

Other: Wages for other staff not included above, such as security and maintenance.

Outside Professional Services

Programmatic/Artistic: Payments to individuals who are not employees including artistic directors, actors, choreographers, designers, musicians, media artists, literary artists, filmmakers, performing artists, instructors, consultants, etc.

: Payments to contracted individuals for technical and production services.

: Payments to firms or persons who provide legal, financial accounting and audits, or other administrative expertise on contract.

Supplies, Materials & Merchandise: Office supplies and equipment (including computers) as well as production materials, raw materials and other items related to programming.

Telecommunications, Postage & Shipping:
Payments for telephone, internet use and web site hosting. Also, postage, mailing services, trucking, shipping & hauling fees.

Space Rental, Occupancy Costs
: Cash payments for office, rehearsal space, theater, hall, parking costs, etc. Also include property insurance, real estate and property taxes, facility maintenance & security, utilities, janitorial services and related supplies.

Marketing, Publicity & Advertising
: Payments for marketing materials including newspaper, radio and television advertising, web-site costs, in-house printing of brochures, posters. etc.

Travel & Meetings
: Payments for airfare, mileage, car rental, lodging and meals for employees or visiting artists. Also, costs associated with attending/hosting meetings, professional development including conference fees.

Other Expenses:

List items not included in above categories, i.e., organizational membership dues, subscriptions, royalties, rental of equipment, equipment maintenance and repair, interest charges, etc.

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