Connecticut Humanities actively seeks and receives substantial grants to support special initiatives and programs. These grants enable us to design and deliver new programs and extend our grant-making capacity.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been a key funding partner for Connecticut Humanities since our founding in 1974. As one of a network of 56 state and territory affiliates of NEH, we receive critical operating and programming support in ongoing three-year allocations.
The NEH is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1965 that serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.
Funding targeted the Fair Haven neighborhood to align with Carolyn Foundation’s commitment to New Haven’s economically disadvantaged children and youth. Book discussions, storytelling programs, puppet theater, cartooning workshops and interactive music programs engaged students and families, creating lively inter-general events. Books were distributed at all programs plus at popular Fair Haven barbershops to further outreach to underserved populations.
Funding supported reading and discussion series at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS), New London. RMMS’s diverse student population and the school’s commitment to helping students become active, compassionate, lifelong learners made them perfect partners for Book Voyagers. This grant sparked a successful and on-going relationship.
Funding provided Book Voyagers literature experiences to families and children in Middletown. Together Middletown’s Russell Library, YMCA, Keigwin School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School hosted seven sessions with over 200 attending.
CHEFA provided funding for our Cultural Relief Grant line through which we partnered with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to offer relief funding to cultural organizations that continued to provide arts and humanities programs and services while facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. Organizations needed to demonstrate their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations and a commitment to the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community.
Connecticut Humanities worked with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to provide grants to heritage organizations within the foundation’s 29-town area. These small grants leveraged other funds and provided heritage organizations with the capacity to improve their operations and offer public programs. Founded in 1925, the HFPG is the state’s largest community foundation, providing grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, children, youth, family and social services.
Grant expanded Book Voyagers programming in Hartford during the 2019/20 school year. Educational, literature opportunities engaged families and children across the city in libraries, schools and community organizations. Over 1,300 attended.
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