CARES Act Humanities Relief Grants

CT Humanities to Award CARES Act Funds to Humanities and Cultural Nonprofits in Need

Connecticut Humanities is honored to provide rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These grants are funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Note: Organizations may not receive CARES Act Relief Grants from both Connecticut Humanities (with funding received from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (with funding received from the National Endowment for the Arts).  Applicants must choose whether to apply for CARES Act Relief Grants from either Connecticut Humanities OR the Connecticut Office of the Arts; Connecticut Humanities will work with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to ensure that organizations do not receive relief funding from both organizations.

If you think your organization may qualify for a Connecticut Office of the Arts CARES Act relief grant, carefully review both programs to decide which is the best fit for your organization.

Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $470,000 in CARES Act funding. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and no match is required (maximum amount of funding that can be requested is based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants may be used for general operating expenses only (such as salaries, rent, utilities, supplies, and equipment).

  • Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting Friday, May 15, 2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all program funds have been spent. At least three application reviews will be conducted for all applications received by 11:59 pm on June 1, June 15, and July 1, 2020, respectively. Award notifications are made approximately two weeks following a deadline. 
  • Eligibility: Includes being a Connecticut-based federally recognized tribe or being incorporated in the state of Connecticut for at least one year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors (that meets regularly) and provides significant programs and/or services to the public on a regular basis, including open hours and special events; or functions as a professional service organization that supports humanities program providers. 
  • Other Requirements: As required by federal guidelines, a DUNS number is needed to receive funds. Apply for it early, as it can take two days to receive it. While not required to initially apply, funds cannot be dispersed without it. 
  • How to Apply: Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal. If you do not already have an account with our grants system, you will need to create one in order to be able to apply. The application should take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.

Like you, we at CT Humanities know that the recovery from this pandemic will require all of our efforts and that a vital cultural sector is a key part of a healthy community. We are honored to be able to connect organizations to this CARES Act funding and thank our congressional delegation for supporting the humanities in Connecticut.

Questions? Email Scott Wands, Manager of Grants and Programs at  

Questions about our CARES Act Relief Grants?

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