Grants

Connecticut Humanities grants have supported a variety of projects and organizations for more than four decades.

Since 1995, the Connecticut General Assembly has provided funding to Connecticut Humanities to deliver “…grants and support services for institutions in the humanities, including but not limited to libraries, museums and historical and cultural societies and associations.”

Connecticut Humanities Fund

As community needs have changed over the years, Connecticut Humanities has adjusted its funding priorities and granting programs to support a wide variety of institutions and projects of the highest quality that engage the public in thoughtful consideration of the human condition.

Most recently, in 2012 Connecticut Humanities introduced the Connecticut Humanities Fund which opened up the applicant field to include a broader range of humanities disciplines. During the 2018/19 grant cycle, more than $615,000 was awarded to 78 projects at 64 institutions across the state.

The Connecticut Humanities Fund is made possible by the Connecticut General Assembly with support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

How to Apply

Applications for all grant lines must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal.

Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Scott Wands at swands@cthumanities.org to discuss your project idea. We are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review draft applications received at least two weeks before the grant deadline. Applications submitted without prior communication with CTH staff will not be considered.

CTH Grant Application Portal

More About Grant Types

Find out more about each grant type Connecticut Humanities offers, to find which one is right for your organization.

 

Grant Review Process

CTH staff reviews applications for completeness and adherence to specific grant category guidelines.

Late, incomplete, and non-conforming applications are rejected without further review.  Common problems that cause rejection include:

  • late applications
  • applications for non-humanities projects
  • incomplete applications
  • applications not submitted using CTH required application and budget forms
  • missing required attachments
  • project budget short of the requisite 1:1 matching funds (required of all grant types) or requisite external cash match percentage (required of Implementation grants of $5,000 or more).

Applicants are notified by email within one business week of the application deadline if their application has been rejected along with the reasons that caused CTH to take this action.


Quick Grants

Applications for Quick Grants are reviewed by a committee of CTH board members, outside committee advisors, and staff members, approved by the executive director, and ratified by CTH’s board executive committee. All applications are reviewed on:

  • The project’s Humanities Content and Project Design

-> Project Details and Description
-> Goals & Learning Objectives
-> Interpretation & Connection to the Humanities
-> Project Team Quality

  • How well the project meets CTH and Quick Grant Funding Priorities

-> Match to CTHF funding priorities
-> Accessibility
-> Project Cost

  • The project’s overall Viability

-> Marketing Plan
-> Audience Identification
-> Budget Expenses
-> Financial Support for Project


Capacity Building, Planning, and Implementation Grants

For Capacity Building, Planning, and Implementation Grant applications, CTH staff conducts a thorough review of the application 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. This staff report is sent to the review committee.

Capacity Building, Planning, and Implementation Grants are then reviewed by a board-appointed committee of Connecticut Humanities board members and advisors 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 as 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.


Ethical Standards

CTH staff, review panelists, and board members adhere to applicable guidelines on ethical and confidentiality 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.

 

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