Do You Live in a "1% for the Arts" Town?

Ask your town leadership to reserve 1% of the funds they’re receiving from The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the arts. We’ve gathered these resources to help make your case.

WHY 1%?

Because a vibrant, thriving arts and culture scene directly benefits the recovery of restaurants, lodging, tourism and hospitality industries. And, outdoor events throughout the summer and fall are vital for reviving downtowns, restoring jobs, and renewing our social connection.

A number of towns have already committed at least 1% to the arts. If your town isn’t listed below, reach out to your leadership and ask them to reserve 1% for the arts using the resources on this page.

These Towns Have Already Made a Commitment

  • Borough of Stonington ($60,918 committed)
  • Bridgeport
  • Clinton
  • Conventry ($36,000 committed)
  • Cornwall
  • Groton ($75,000 committed)
  • Hartford
  • Ledyard ($28,399 committed)
  • Lisbon ($12,489 committed)
  • Mansfield ($75,000 committed)
  • New Haven
  • New London ($630,000 committed)
  • New Milford ($125,000)
  • Norfolk ($15,000)
  • North Stonington ($15,000 committed)
  • Norwich ($500,000 committed)
  • Ridgefield
  • Stonington ($52,000 committed)
  • Westport



Estimated funding allocation numbers courtesy of Connecticut Main Street Center.


Ideas on how to use 1% funds courtesy of Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition.


Read the letter we sent to municipal leaders, and use it as a template for your own.


Download this toolkit from The Alliance to help you understand and access municipal ARPA funds.