Regional Initiative Grant Program (REGI) - Now Accepting Applications


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.  


This program is open to a wide array of applicants as highlighted below.

  • 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.

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.


For more information or if you have questions, please contact Adriane Jefferson via email at

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