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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How To Apply
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.
Please submit your application using WeTransfer (www.wetransfer.com), a free file transfer service that does not require you to sign up for an account or enter personal information. Details may be found in grant guidelines.
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.