CTH SHARP Capacity Grants FAQs
October 27, 2021 • Grants

CTH SHARP Capacity Grants – FAQs


  1. Are arts organizations eligible for SHARP funding?

No. SHARP funds are provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities to support humanities organizations in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. The humanities are fields of learning that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. They allow us to analyze our complex society and to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions based on inquiry, evaluation, and empathy. Organizations whose primary programs and activities fall outside of the humanities, including the creation or performance of art like concerts, performances, and staged productions, are not eligible to apply.

To be eligible for SHARP funding, the majority of your organization’s work (51% of your fiscal expenditures) should go towards humanities or cultural programming that help us understand who we are as a people, where we came from, and the current issues facing society today and into the future.

  1. What are humanities and cultural organizations?

Humanities and cultural organizations help us understand the human experience more deeply by contextualizing and interpreting history, art, or culture. Examples of humanities and cultural organizations include museums, historical societies, cultural centers, and libraries.

  1. Can I apply for both the CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants and SHARP?

Yes! If you meet the eligibility requirements for both CT Cultural Fund Operating Support and SHARP grants, you can apply for both and are allowed to receive awards from both grant lines.

Eligible Expenses

  1. What are the restrictions on equipment?

Equipment is defined as tangible property (including information technology systems) that has a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost of $5,000 or more. You may request up to $10,000 in equipment as long as you are not requesting more than $5,000 for any individual piece of equipment.

For a full list of funding exclusions, please see the SHARP guidelines.

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