Subject: Regional Initiative Grant - Idea & Info Session Friday

Friday May 20, 12:30-2pm, at Silvermine Arts Center, The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County presents an idea and information session on the next round (FY2017) of The Regional Initiative Grant Program (REGI). These are small ($1,000-$4,000) project grants administered in our region by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, using local judges, on behalf of the CT Office of the Arts (COA).  Register here.

About the REGI Grants
These grants are for collaborative, innovative projects that use the arts to impact community life. Projects can take many varied forms: for engagement in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, bring neighbors together, etc. 

Eligible applicants include: artists, arts organizations with 501(c)(3) status with annual operating income under $300,000, arts programs of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization, municipal arts departments, pre-K-through-12 schools, and Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs). The grants are administered by the designated regional service organization (DRSO) for each region of the state. The DRSO for this region is the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

Even if your organization cannot apply, it could partner in a project. Come find out about what is possible and how you can find project partners.

This Friday
John Cusano (COA Community Development Officer) will explain the the intent and process of these grants and will discuss the awards with panelists and awardees from last year. Arts consultant and former executive director of the Center for Contemporary Primtmaking, Julyen Norman and Westport artist Jahmane West, were two of the five panelists who decided on the awards. They will give advice to applicants based on their experience of reviewing last years applications. 

Two awardees from last year, Carole Schweid, Artistic Director, JIB Productions/Play With Your Food, who produced a series of one-act plays with discussions at the Westport Senior Center, and one other grantee still to be determined, will speak about the process they went through finding partners and honing in on the project that was truly collaborative, innovative and that promised significant community impact.

Questions: email David Green

Guidelines are available for download here.

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