CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grants are non-competitive GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT grants for museums and 501(c)(3) non-profit, municipal, Connecticut state, or Connecticut-based federally or State recognized tribal organizations that provide cultural-, humanities-, and arts-based projects and activities for the public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, arts organizations, cultural centers, and other organizations that offer activities such as exhibitions, performances, art classes, public programs, or walking tours to the public).
These grants are designed to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.
In fall 2022, CT Humanities will distribute $8.5 million in CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant awards, ranging in size from $5,000 to $250,000.
The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants are administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.
Eligible organizations must meet the following criteria:
- 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations incorporated in CT, or municipal, Connecticut state, or Connecticut-based federally or State recognized tribal organizations that provide cultural-, humanities-, and arts-based projects for the public
- Organizations whose core mission, vision, focus, and legal purpose – as stated in their Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws – articulate a commitment to conduct museum, cultural, humanities, and/or arts activities
- Organizations with at least 51 percent of their annual fiscal expenditures allocated specifically to support cultural, humanities, and arts activities, programming, services, or initiatives
Please note that in fall 2022, fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible to apply for this grant. However, organizations that have received or applied for 501(c)(3) status before the grant application deadline are eligible for funding consideration.
The minimum grant award amount is $5,000 and the maximum award amount is $250,000. All eligible applying organizations will receive funding support. Award amounts are determined based upon an organization’s budget size and in consideration of any line item funding in this year’s state budget organizations have already received. We anticipate that this year’s CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant awards will be approximately half that of last year’s.
All awards are paid in two installments via check: 75% at the time of contract and upon completion of the grantee survey, and 25% upon completion of the final report and follow up survey.
Please read the CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant guidelines before applying. The guidelines outline eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, grant duration, and more.
View Grant Guidelines
To preview the current CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant application, select the option that best describes your organization:
Apply through the CTH Grant Application Portal.
For Returning Grantees:
Accessing the Grants Portal:
Filling Out an Application:
Information Sessions: Various dates. For a list of information sessions and recordings of past information sessions, click here.
Application deadline: November 4, 2022 at 11:59pm
Award notification: Week of December 19, 2022
Contract and Grantee Survey Deadline: Week of January 16, 2023
Grant period: 12 months starting from the date of the award notification