Capacity Grants support consultant-led projects up to $9,999 to help Connecticut organizations strengthen their internal operations and ability to bring the humanities to the public.
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Capacity Grants help Connecticut organizations that bring humanities to the public think strategically, better understand their audiences, assets, and operations, and plan for the future. They support a wide range of consultant-led projects that may include:
For more information and examples of typical Capacity Grant projects, view the “Sample Capacity Grants” tab.
The sample grants included above are not an exclusive list of the types of projects Capacity Grants can fund. If you have a project idea you’d like to discuss, please reach out to Grants staff!
Please note that application questions may change. Some sample applications do not reflect all questions asked in the current application. Click the “Guidelines and Application” tab to preview the current Capacity Grant application.
To view all recent awarded grants, click here.
Please read the Capacity Grant guidelines before applying. The Capacity Grant Guidelines outline eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, matching requirements, grant duration, and more.
All Capacity Grant applications should identify the consultant you plan to work with and provide their proposal.
To preview the current Capacity Grant application, click here. Please note that all character limits include spaces.
After speaking with Grants staff about your project, apply through the CTH Grant Application Portal.
Priority for Capacity Grant funding is given to organizations that highlight the ways that they currently present and interpret the humanities to the public and articulate how their project will strengthen and improve their ability to do so moving forward.
What are the humanities?
The humanities are fields of learning that help us to understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. They include (but are not limited to) history, cultural studies, civics, literature, and art history and criticism. For a more complete view of the humanities, click here.
What about the arts? What about STEM?
If your organization is at the intersection of the humanities and any other field (such as the arts), you must be able to clearly articulate how your organization regularly brings the humanities to the public and how this project will help you improve your ability to continue to do so.
CT Humanities seeks to fund projects with significant humanities scholarship and content that explores topics and stories in an inclusive, diverse, and equitable manner.
To see CT Humanities Funding Priorities for project grants, please click here.
Award notification: The first workday of July (for the April deadline) or January (for the November deadline)
Grant period: 12 months starting from the date of the award notification
We are eager to help you submit a strong application. Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Lian Partridge at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project idea. Applications submitted without prior communication with CTH staff will not be considered.
For an overview of the application process, click here.Online Grant Application Portal