CT Humanities Fund

April 26, 2018

The Connecticut Humanities Fund (CTHF) has three new exciting updates to share. First, our Fake News Quick Grant line is now live and accepting grant applications! Fake News Quick Grants are small implementation grants (up to $3,000) for projects that examine the issue of fake news, either currently or historically, and contextualize its lasting impact on our state. Grants will be accepted at two application deadlines, June 1 or July 6, by 11:59pm. Please visit the grants tab here for more information, including program grant guidelines.

Second, the amount of salary support organizations may request in CTHF Capacity, Planning, and Implementation grants has increased! Up to 25 percent of a total grant request for these grant lines can now be used to support an organization’s own staff salary and wages for time spent working on a project with CTHF funds.

Finally, we’ve added a fifth funding priority for all CTHF grants. To inspire organizations to think outside the box, and try new ideas that will engage the public in humanities projects and discussions, the CTHF now gives priority to projects that encourage creativity and demonstrate ingenuity and innovation. Our other four funding priorities remain the same and give priority to projects that reach broad audiences, address social issues through humanities disciplines, foster collaboration among organizations, encourage heritage tourism.

For more information about our grant lines, please explore the Connecticut Humanities Fund links on our website. For questions, or to discuss project ideas, please contact Scott Wands at 860-937-6535 or swands@cthumanities.org.


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.”

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 2015/16 grant cycle, more than $1,000,000 was awarded to more than 120 institutions in the state.

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

For more information about Quick Grants, Public Presentation Grants (Planning and Implementation), and Capacity Grants, please visit their linked pages.

 

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 staff reviews applications for completeness and adherence to specific grant category guidelines. Click here to see a copy of the Application Quality Control checklist we use.

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.

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

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

Project Cost
Accessibility
Match to CTHF funding priorities

  • The project’s overall Viability

Financial Support for Project
Budget Expenses
Audience Identification
Marketing Plan

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.

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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