City of Norwich ARPA


The Cultural Coalition has partnered with the City of Norwich to manage and administer municipal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated for arts & culture, including through grant programs and special projects.

The program is funded with $500,000 of the City of Norwich American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation of funds and is intended to support investments that help our local economy continue to address Covid-19 impact and recovery.

December 2022 – Up to $150,000 will be available for Round 2 funding through two options:

Previous Norwich ARPA Awardees
May Apply For Either
New Applicants
●      Grants for Arts & Culture for separate, different projects/programs from previous ARPA use of funds.

●      Impact Grants to amplify/expand Round 1 ARPA project/program’s use of funds.

●      An applicant can only be the LEAD on one application for either Grants for Arts & Culture or Impact Grants.

●      An entity may be listed or a collaborator on more than one application.

These Grant applications are NOW CLOSED. Deadline was February 28, 2023


The Cultural Coalition has completed the following:

  • From early October 2021 through January 2022, we hosted Norwich ARPA for Arts & Culture Zoom Meetings:
    • provided updates and information
    • heard from local arts & cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses about your ideas/needs/projects
    • encouraged, help develop, and catalyze collaborative opportunities
  • December 2021 – hired a PT Norwich Arts & Culture Coordinator to serve as a dedicated arts & culture community engagement and program coordinator for the City of Norwich to assist with managing the local ARP funds.
  • May 2022 Opened  Norwich ARPA Grant for Arts & Culture
  • June 2022 – First Round of Norwich ARPA Grants for Arts & Culture Announced 
  • July 2022 – Ad hoc Public Art Committee Formed
  • December 2022 – Second Round of Norwich ARPA Grants for Arts & Culture and IMPACT Grants Announced

To read our full plan for the $500k, Norwich ARP 1% arts RECOMMENDATIONS FINAL 7.2.21.

Cultural Coalition Norwich ARPA Funds At-A-Glance 1.9.23

Norwich ARPA Arts & Culture Update_Summary of Activities



Sarbani Hazra is the Norwich Arts and Culture Coordinator. Sarbani joined the Cultural Coalition as an arts & culture community engagement and program coordinator for the City of Norwich. Sarbani assists with managing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that the City has allocated to support local arts & culture. In this new and temporary, part-time position, the Norwich Arts and Culture Coordinator will work with the Cultural Coalition to help manage, implement and administer $500,000 of Norwich’s ARPA funding for arts and culture to support economic recovery and address the impact of the pandemic.

Sarbani is the primary point of contact for arts and cultural entities seeking ARPA funding in the City of Norwich through a grant program designed to develop arts and culture based beautification projects, enhance the positive perception of Norwich, help foster tourism, and coordinate and promote arts, culture, history, and heritage events and activities. In this position, she will engage with diverse BIPOC communities in the City, including youth, students, families, and elderly as part of the Cultural Coalition’s and the
City of Norwich’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.  Read more…


READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, Inclusion) & Anti-Racism
Equity, inclusion and access involving all populations are critical to the vitality of our neighborhoods, towns and cities. We are committed to supporting and fully engaging diverse members of our communities in arts policy, practice and decision making. – Cultural Coalition and CT Office of the Arts