Grants to explore the human experience
The Connecticut Humanities Fund (CTHF) supports the work of organizations that use the humanities to help Connecticut residents and visitors better understand and appreciate human history, culture, values and beliefs. These competitive grants provide opportunities for analysis, reflection, inquiry and evaluation of the world through the lens of human experience. While program formats typically include exhibitions, panel discussions, public speakers, facilitated discussions and talks, the fund also encourages fresh ideas on humanities experiences that engage the public.
We offer grants in the following areas. Please explore each for guidelines, deadlines and other information.
- Implementation Grants (funding to produce public humanities programs)
- Planning Grants (funding to plan public humanities programs)
- Capacity Building Grants (projects that strengthen your organization)
- Quick Grants (small grants with a quick turnaround that allow you to respond to timely opportunities)
The Connecticut Humanities Fund is made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly.
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Guidelines, application materials and deadline materials vary by grant line. Please use the navigation links on the left to learn more.
We strongly urge you to contact CTH staff to discuss your project idea prior to submitting an application. We are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review a draft if it is received at least two weeks before the appropriate deadline. You may also schedule a consultation with a CTH grants officer.
A CTH grants officer reviews applications for completeness and adherence to specific grant category guidelines. Late, incomplete, and non-conforming applications are rejected without further review. Applicants are notified by email if their application has been rejected and the reasons that caused CTH to take this action.Applications for Quick Grants of up to $1,500 are reviewed by a rotating committee of CTH staff members, approved by the executive director and reported to the full board.
For applications over $1,500, a program officer conducts a thorough review and produces a report that includes the applicant’s CTH grant history, a brief assessment of the organization’s financial documents, background on the application, and a summary of its strengths and weaknesses. These materials are then forwarded to the review committee for evaluation.
Applications for capacity building, implementation and planning grants between $1,500 and $50,000 are reviewed by a board-appointed committee of Connecticut Humanities board members and representatives from various cultural and humanities fields. A lead reviewer is assigned to conduct a detailed assessment and render an opinion on each application. The committee then evaluates applications against the goals and priorities for the Connecticut Humanities Fund, as well their individual merits, to determine funding recommendations. CTH’s board of directors makes all final funding decisions. Grants may be partially funded depending on available funding for a given deadline.
CTH staff, review panelists, and board members adhere to applicable state guidelines on ethical standards. They abstain from commenting or voting on a request for funding if they have:
- Any recent financial or governance relationship with the applicant organization or any person connected with the proposal.
- Played or will play a meaningful role in the development or execution of the project.