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
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Application deadline: the first Friday of February, May, August, and November:
February 2, 2018
May 4, 2018
Award decision: the first workday of May, July, November and February.
Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal.
Click here to view the Capacity Building program grant guidelines.
Before applying, we strongly recommend contacting CTH staff, Scott Wands (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Greenwich Historical Society, $9,998: “Collections Assessment” – The Greenwich Historical Society has a twenty-year-plus history of developing exhibitions in its Bush-Holley House and in its temporary galleries yet a comprehensive assessment of its collections has not been conducted. This project will help the Historical Society understand the stories their collections may tell and help them hone in on themes for future exhibitions. This project will inform the final phase of a major capital campaign and will help the project team understand space and gallery needs of future exhibitions.
Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., $9,979: “Sea Change: Applying Creative Interpretation Strategies” – As Mystic Seaport advances its new strategic plan and launches the new Thompson Exhibition Building, with 5,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space, the Museum recognizes that it also enters an era of profound change globally, with rapid technological advances, political upheaval, and environmental uncertainties in the face of climate change and rapid sea-level rise. The Seaport will leverage this exciting turning point in their history by providing Museum interpreters with critically needed skills to practice, embrace, evaluate, and refine contemporary, experimental interpretive and public program practices. Through this capacity-building project, the Seaport will launch two training programs for a select group of interpreters: one to explore the creative process to produce dynamic, innovative interpretive techniques, and the other to use evaluation for continuous improvement.