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Regional Initiative Grant Program (REGI)

Shoreline Arts Alliance and the REGI Grants

Shoreline Arts Alliance assists Connecticut Office of the Arts in distributing Regional Initiative Grants (REGI) to local artists, non-profits, schools, and individuals within the Shoreline Arts Alliance state designated region. This region includes all of Middlesex County and Guilford, Madison, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Lyme, East Lyme, Old Lyme, and Salem. Any individual within this town region can apply for REGI grants to be distributed through Shoreline Arts Alliance. 

If you do not reside within this 24 town region you can still apply for the REGI grant. All applications are applied through the Connecticut Office of the Arts website and are then distributed to local service organizations for review. If you do not reside within Shoreline Arts Alliance's region you can still apply and your application will be given to a service organization within your region. 

About Regional Initiative Grant Program

The Regional Initiative (REGI) grant program encourages and supports small arts projects that are relevant to a community’s current society, culture and trends. REGI is a good fit for applicants that have a small arts-based project that targets a specific community matter, reflects on personal experience(s), and/or brings neighborhoods together.  REGI grants must be aligned with the Connecticut Office of the Arts' READI framework.

REGI grant requests must range between $1,000 to $4,000. Eligible applications go through a panel review process and decisions are based on available funding.  


  • Connecticut artist (may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor)

  • Creative Entrepreneurs (may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor)

  • Curators/Event Planners (may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor)

  • Arts organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor 

  • 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of offering publicly accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)  

  • School districts or individual Pre-K through Grade 12 schools 

  • Libraries 

  • Colleges and universities and departments of a college or university

    Note:  Individuals applying as an Artist, Creative Entrepreneur and Event Planner/Curator must be a Connecticut resident.

FY 2020 REgional Initiative Grant Program information

Application Deadline

Applications must be received on or before 11:59 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019

Funding Period

October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020


FY20 Regional Initiative Guidelines

Applicants must review COA's Grant Overview Guidelines

Required Budget Form

REGI Budget Form

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted on-line at:

Instructions on how to apply can be found on Page 5 of the guidelines.

DUNS Number Requirement

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.

Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm, June 1, 2019

For help with the application process you can contact Shoreline Arts Alliance by emailing or calling 203.453.3890. You can also contact Adriane Jefferson, with the Connecticut Office of the Arts, by email at

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