Best Video awarded $25,800 Operating Support Grant from CT Cultural Fund

Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded Best Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC) a $25,800 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG).

BVFCC will apply the funds to bolstering the organization’s film screening programming by covering licensing and honoraria costs. Additionally, Best Video is looking into using the money to upgrade its online presence and digital infrastructure and developing a filmmaking educational program for young people.

“Best Video Film & Cultural Center exists to bring people, film, and music together. The support of CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts will be of tremendous importance in helping us to fulfill our mission,” says BVFCC Executive Director Hank Hoffman. “As an organization that has thrived by presenting in-person events—as well as maintaining a browsable archive of movies on physical media—we have felt the impact of the pandemic deeply. But grants such as the operating support grant of the CT Cultural Fund are a lifeline that enables us to continue and extend our work, which resonates with the community and brings joy and uplift to thousands of people.”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

Best Video receives Avangrid Foundation grant through UI Lighting Up the Arts Resiliency Fund

Best Video Film & Cultural Center, Inc. (BVFCC) wishes to thank the Avangrid Foundation for it’s support through the UI Lighting Up the Arts Resiliency Fund, and everything they do to continue to keep the spotlight on the arts in CT.

In keeping with their ongoing commitment to the creative ecosystem in Greater New Haven, the UI Lighting Up the Arts Resiliency Fund is investing $100,000 to support the artistic community in the region and BVFCC is the grateful recipient of one of their $500 grants. The combined gift from United Illuminating and the Avangrid Foundation will reinvigorate and uplift the cultural and artistic economy as it recovers from the pandemic. According to the Brookings Institution, the creative sector in Connecticut lost $2.4 billion in sales and 33,258 FTE jobs due to the pandemic.

This $100,000 investment represents an expansion of the UI Lighting Up the Arts Resiliency Fund, first launched in 2019 to support the vitality and sustainability of Greater New Haven’s creative community by providing unfettered financial investments in the region’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

BVFCC receives Department of Economic & Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts grant

Best Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC) is the grateful recipient of a $4,900 Supporting Arts Grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development’s Connecticut Office of the Arts. This Grant includes federal funds through a grant FY1863349- from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the DECD.

The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization’s operating budget; however, if the resulting awards exceed available funding, all awards will be proportionally adjusted to match available funds.

BVFCC is grateful to the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts for these funds, which will be used pursuant to our mission of “bringing people, film, and music together.”