CT Summer at the Museum Grant Program

CT Humanities is honored to partner with the CT Office of the Arts to administer the CT Summer at the Museum Initiative in 2022.

Register here for an information session on CT Summer at the Museum Grants  on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m.

CT Summer at the Museum Overview

What is CT Summer at the Museum?Eligibility RequirementsGuidelines and ApplicationImportant DatesFAQs

CT Humanities is honored to partner with the CT Office of the Arts again to administer the CT Summer at the Museum Initiative in 2022.

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 Connecticut Humanities, is delivering these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act).

These grants are being made available to CT Museums to facilitate free admission for all CT children aged 18 and under and one adult caregiver between July 1, 2022 and September 5, 2022.

In summer 2021, award amounts ranged from $1,000 to $550,000.

In summer 2022, we are anticipating that award decisions will be calculated based on your summer 2021 revenue from admissions for CT visitors under 18, a percentage of summer 2021 revenue from admissions for CT visitors over 18, and a base award determined by your operating expenses in 2021 and previous years.* “Summer 2021” is defined as July 1 – September 6, 2021. All eligible organizations will receive a minimum award of $1,000. Organizations that do not charge admission will receive funding (to be determined based on the number of applicants) to help cover expenses related to increased visitation.

*For 2021 CT Summer at the Museum participant organizations, actual visitation figures and normal admission fees will be used to calculate your revenue figures.

All 501(c)(3) non-profit museums should apply through CT Humanities. For-profit museums should complete an application with the CT Office of the Arts.

Are you interested in participating in this free admission initiative but don’t want to apply for funding? You are invited to join the listing of organizations with free admission by registering here. (Please note that this registration link is only for organizations that will be free this summer but are not applying for a CT Summer at the Museum grant.)

Questions? Email lpartridge@cthumanities.org

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  The CT Summer at the Museum grant program is pending necessary authorization from the state legislature. All funding associated with this program is contingent upon such approval.

This program is designed to support all CT museums. To be eligible for funding, an organization must meet the following definition of a museum:

A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

For the purposes of this initiative, “museums” refers broadly to historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

All of the following requirements must be met:

  • Applicant organizations must be one of the following:
    • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Connecticut for at least one year and governed by a board of directors that meets regularly, OR
    • Be owned by a municipality in the state of Connecticut, OR
    • Be run by a Connecticut-based federally or State recognized tribe, OR
    • Be a CT State-operated Museum

For-profit museums should complete an application with the CT Office of the Arts.

  • Be registered with the Secretary of the State to do business in the State of Connecticut and be in Good Standing (able to obtain a current Certificate of Legal Existence/Good Standing)  Note:  This does not apply to municipally-owned museums.
  • Have its primary place of business and operations in the State of Connecticut
  • Have financial documents/statements for the period of time that covers July 1 – September 6, 2021
  • Will be open for in-person visitors at least eight (8) hours a week between July 1 – September 5, 2022. If you are open less than (8) hours per week, but are also available to the public by appointment, please submit an application and note this in the narrative.

NOTE:  The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and/or Connecticut Humanities reserves the right to request documentation as needed to determine an applicant’s eligibility.

Please read the CT Summer at the Museum guidelines before applying.

View Grant Guidelines

We are working to shorten applications where possible. We will not request information we have previously collected through other grant lines. To preview the application, click on the description that best fits your organization:

  1. I have not previously received a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant or CT Summer at the Museum Grant
  2. I have previously received a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (but not a CT Summer at the Museum Grant)
  3. I have previously received a CT Summer at the Museum Grant

To apply, log in to the CTH Grant Application Portal.

Virtual Information Session: May 24 at 11 a.m. (Register here)

2022 Application Deadline: June 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Notification: The week of June 13th

Applicants must accept awards and notify funder by Wednesday June 22, 2022.

Contracts (UPON approval by state legislature) will be sent to applicants between June 22 – June 30, 2022.

Payments will not begin until mid to late July.

Grant Period: July 1, 2022 – September 5, 2022

Grant funds may be expended on eligible expenses within the period of March 3, 2021 – December 31, 2024.

Where does this funding come from?

CT Summer at the Museum grant program and other financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages are being funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Governor Lamont is proposing a $15 million investment from the state’s federal recovery funds to the participating museums.  The CT Summer at the Museum grant program is dependent on the disbursement of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and the necessary authorization from the state legislature. All funding associated with this program is contingent upon such approval.

We are not open to the public for eight (8) hours a week but are available to the public by appointment. Are we eligible to apply?

Yes. If you are open to the public less than eight (8) hours per week but are also available to the public by appointment, please apply and note this in the narrative section.

We are a for-profit museum. How do we apply?

For-profit museums should complete an application with the CT Office of the Arts.

Non-profit museums, museums run by municipalities or the State, and museums run by federally or State-recognized tribes should complete an application through the CT Humanities grant portal.

If awarded, what can funds be used towards?
The grant funds are to offset lost revenue from admission. Funds may be used toward any of the following:

  • Salary (Regular staff including benefits) – Current Positions
  • Salary (Regular staff including benefits) – New Positions
  • Salary (Regular staff including benefits) – Returning Positions
  • Salary (Contracted staff) – Current Positions
  • Salary (Contracted staff) – New Positions
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Programming Supplies
  • Educational Programs

Grant funds may be expended on eligible expenses within the period of March 3, 2021 – December 31, 2024.

What if we don't charge admission? Can we participate anyway?

Yes. Eligible museums that do not charge admission may apply and will receive funding to help cover expenses related to increased visitation. The minimum award size is $1,000.

Organizations choosing to participate in the free admission initiative but not apply for funding are invited to join the listing by registering here.

The award size is calculated based on revenue from admission. Will our award size be affected if we were free because we participated in CT Summer at the Museum last summer?

No. If you were free to the public last summer, we will calculate what your revenue from admissions would have been by using your visitation numbers and regular cost for admission.

Are 18-year-olds considered children or adults?

The CT Summer at the Museum initiative considers 18-year-olds to be children. These grants are being made to CT Museums to facilitate free admission for all CT visitors aged 18 and under and one adult caregiver between July 1, 2022 and September 5, 2022.

The application asks for visitation data for CT visitors under age 18 and CT visitors aged 18 and over. The reason for this discrepancy is that CT Humanities has been collecting data and advising organizations to collect data in these categories. If your organization collects visitation data considering 18-year-old visitors to be children, you may use the data as collected by your organization. If your organization does not collect visitation data by age, best estimates are acceptable.

The application asks for financial documents that detail our revenue and expenses. What documents can we submit?

Acceptable uploads for financial data could include audited financial statements, profit/loss statements, or budgets with actuals. Please note that we cannot accept 990s.

We are an operating museum but have never charged admission. However, we just completed and will be opening a major section/exhibition for which we will be charging admission. Are we eligible to apply for this program?

Yes, you may apply since you will be charging fees in 2022.  Estimate from the number of walk-in visitors in 2019 and 2021, and then explain in the text box in the application that you will be charging admission in 2022, but did not previously because the section/exhibit was under construction/not open. Give us as much information as you are able based on past attendance.

Can I count I interpreted all of the verbiage strictly as regular admission/visitation only. Can you confirm that this would not include any classes or programs (studio classes, community days - free or paid), and groups (school tours, home-school days - grant-funded or paid)?

This program is intended to accommodate CT visitors 18 and under and an accompanying adult. It is not intended to accommodate classes, programs, or groups. Only walk-in, individual visitors should be counted in your admission/visitation numbers. Do not count classes, programs or group/school tours in your attendance numbers.

What benefit is there to participate in this initiative besides receiving a grant award?

Regardless of whether you apply for funding, you may opt to participate in the free admission initiative. In doing so, your museum will benefit from the state’s marketing and promotion. Organizations choosing to participate in the free admission initiative but not applying for funding are invited to join the listing by registering here.

How will we know what our award will be?

We will not know the amount of the awards until we receive and review all the requests for funding.  After that time, you will receive an email from the grants management system through which you applied indicating the amount of your award. You will then be asked to accept the grant award or to decline.

After the grant contract is completed, when will we receive the actual funds?

Assuming funding for this program is approved by the legislature, we anticipate being able to distribute the funds in mid to late July. Please see the “Important Dates” tab for more information.

 

Apply

For a preview of the application questions, view “Guidelines and Application” above. Before applying, please be sure to read through the grant guidelines.

Online Grant Application Portal

 

Resources for Grantees

CTH will continue to add resources for 2022 CT Summer at the Museum grantees here.

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