CT Museums – Kids Are Free Summer Grant Program

CT Humanities is honored to partner with the CT Office of the Arts to administer the CT Museums – Kids Are Free Summer Initiative.

Information Session: Thursday, May 20 at noon


The Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and CT Humanities, is delivering these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARP ESSER (American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, 2021 Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)).

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  The CT Museums – Kids are Free Summer grant program is pending necessary authorization from the state legislature. All funding associated with this program is contingent upon such approval.

Museums with operating budgets between $25,000 and $249,999.99 should continue with an application to CT Humanities.

Museums with operating budgets of $250,000 or greater should complete an application with the CT Office of the Arts.

  • Award Amounts: Grant awards will be calculated based on the applicant’s revenue from admissions for the period of July 1 – September 2, 2019.  The minimum grant award is $1,000.  Grants do not require a cash match.
  • Deadline and Notification Timeline: Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Noon. Award notifications are expected to be made the week of June 14, 2021.
  • Other Requirements: As required by federal guidelines, a DUNS number is needed to receive funds. Apply for it early, as it can take two days to receive it. While not required to initially apply, funds cannot be dispersed without it. 
  • How to Apply: Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal. If you do not already have an account with our grants system, you will need to create one in order to be able to apply. 

Questions? Email Scott Wands, Manager of Grants and Programs at swands@cthumanities.org.  

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