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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools, Individuals, and Libraries for Culturally Relevant Community-Based Arts Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: Connecticut

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Regional Initiative (REGI) Grant Program

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #158602

Grant Description

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, artists, entrepreneurs, event planners, libraries, IHEs, and schools for small-scale arts projects relevant to current community trends and culture. Funding is intended to support projects that reflect on personal experiences, target a specific community matter, and/or bring neighborhoods together.

The following eligible expenses must directly relate to the project:

- Materials
- Space rental; occupancy costs (security, insurance, utilities, etc.)
- Payments to contracted artistic, technical or administrative professionals
- Supplemental project insurance
- Project-specific permits and fees
- Artist fees
- Legal fees directly associated with the project
- Hospitality expenses which are directly related to the project
- Evaluation services and documentation: photo, video, audio, collection of statistical information, etc.
- Printing, advertising and marketing costs
- Limited brick and mortar expenses directly associated with the project

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Connecticut Artists – An artist may apply independently or with a fiscal
sponsor. *Artist must be a Connecticut resident.
- Arts Organizations - 501(c)(3) or with a fiscal sponsor
- Creative Entrepreneurs
- School Districts or Individual Schools
- Curators/Event Planners
- 501(c)(3) non-arts organizations with a history of offering publicly
accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)
- Colleges & Universities and departments of.
- Libraries

Ineligible Applicants include:

- REGI grantees that received grant funds from the REGI program for three (3) consecutive years, beginning with FY17. You may apply again in FY21.
- Applicants that applied to the FY20 Supporting Arts grant program or the FY20 Arts Project grant program
- Applicants with incomplete or late submissions
- Organizations that receive Directed Local Funds (aka Line Items)
- Applicants with outstanding final reports from past COA programs
- COA’s Designated Regional Service Organizations

For funding restrictions, see the Grant Overview Guidelines:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, June 1, 2019
Notification: late September 2019

Please note that questions submitted in the last 48 hours before the deadline may not receive responses.

All applicants, except individuals, must have a DUNS number when applying for a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA). COA began requiring a DUNS number on all grant applications in 2017 (FY18). It is required on applications for any grant administered by COA that includes National Endowment for the Arts funding. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information, click here:

REGI grants require a match of no less than 25%. The match can be satisfied with cash, in-kind contributions or a combination of both. The match, whether it is cash or in-kind, must be reported in the project’s budget.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

REGI grant requests must range between $1,000 to $4,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020

A project may begin before or end after the funding period; HOWEVER, the use and/or attribution of COA funds MUST only be used during the specified funding period.

Contact Information:

Applications must be submitted on-line at:

For more information or questions, please contact:
Adriane Jefferson

Applicants may also consult with COA's Designated Regional Service Organizations for assistance:

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