CT Humanities provided $1.5 million in grants to help larger non-profit museums and humanities organizations recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants were operating support grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public).
Funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more.
The grants were administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.
CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts partnered 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. These organizations demonstrated their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations, and commitment to the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community.
Connecticut Humanities re-granted a total of $85,000 to cultural organizations across Connecticut. Each grant award was $5,000 and could be used for general operating expenses with no funding match.
Connecticut Humanities is honored to have provided rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19 with grants funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Connecticut Humanities re-granted a total of $478,467 in CARES Act funding to 70 organizations. Grant awards ranged from $2,500 to $20,000 and no match was required (maximum amount of funding was based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants were used for general operating expenses such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment.
1818 Commemoration Quick Grants were small, implementation grants for projects that examined the Connecticut Constitution of 1818 and contextualized its lasting impact on our state.
These grants were able to be used to support a wide range of community-oriented programs that explored and commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention of 1818.