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Capacity Building Grants

How Are They Used?

Capacity Building Grants support Connecticut organizations that bring the humanities to the public. Grants from $1,500 to $9,999 are awarded to help organizations better understand their audiences, assets, and operations.

Funded projects may include:

  • Board assessments and training
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing assessments and planning
  • Audience assessments
  • Financial assessments and planning
  • Development (fundraising) assessments and planning
  • Collections assessments and planning
  • Interpretive assessments and planning
  • Technology assessments and planning


Application deadlines (the first Friday of November and April):

  • November 1, 2019
  • April 3, 2020 <-Deadline still in effect. Applicants with questions or hardships caused by the public health emergency, contact Scott Wands as soon as possible.

Award decision: The first workday of February (for November grants) and July (for April grants).

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How to Apply

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

Download Capacity Building Guidelines

Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Scott Wands at 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.

Online Grant Application Portal

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