Strategic Partnership Grant Overview

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What is the Strategic Partnership Grant?

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) invests in specific, values-driven initiatives that help accomplish priority goals from our strategic plan. These strategic partnerships:

  • May be long- or short-term
  • May be initiated by COA staff or a potential partner
  • Benefit artists, teaching artists/educators, or arts organizations and the communities we serve
  • Advance goals of both COA and the partner organization
  • Are closely aligned to COA values of Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion

What We Fund

We fund a wide range of initiatives. Here are examples of projects we have already supported:

  • Statewide sustainability and the development of a new operations structure with an associated resourcing plan to reenvision and expand the growth and development of the Higher Order Thinking Schools program.
  • Support for the CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program to continue helping artists and cultural organizations that are deeply rooted in traditional cultural practice, introducing these artistic practices to new audiences.
  • Provide funding to the Make Music Alliance for a regranting program to assist CT Make Music Day partners with non-administrative expenses for participating in CT Make Music Day.
  • Partnership funding to Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Massachusetts to deliver VLA free or low-cost services to individual artists and arts organizations in CT.

Contact Us Today

If you have an idea for a strategic partnership with the Office of the Arts, please contact Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation, and Museums at 860-500-2360 or

Strategic Partnership Grant