Constitution of 1818 Grants

1818 Commemoration Quick Grants are small, implementation grants for projects that examine the Connecticut Constitution of 1818 and contextualize its lasting impact on our state.

These grants can be used to support a wide range of community-oriented programs that explore and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention of 1818 including, but not limited to:

  • The events and issues that led to the Constitutional Convention of 1818.
  • The outcomes, both intended and unintended, of the Constitution of 1818. Why did another constitutional convention take place in 1965? Why did adjustments to the 1818 convention take 147 years to occur?
  • As a vehicle to discuss issues relating to voting rights; separation of church and state; religious freedom.
  • As a vehicle to look at Connecticut in 1818 in terms of changing demographics, town life, and people and places related to the convention.

Awards may not exceed $3,000 and funded activities must be completed within six (6) months of project start date.

Applications are due to CTH by 11:59 PM on December 1, 2017, January 5, 2018, and February 2, 2018. Award notifications are made approximately one month following a deadline.

Please review the 1818 Grant Guidelines here. Before applying, please contact CTH staff, Gregg Mangan ( or Scott Wands (, to discuss your project idea.

In FY2018, Connecticut Humanities awarded the following grants in the Greater Hartford area for projects relating to the Constitution of 1818.

Connecticut Explored, $3,000: “Annotated Poster of the Constitution of 1818” – In partnership with the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Connecticut Explored will produce a two-sided poster that reprints the complete text of the Constitution of 1818 and includes annotations of written by members of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society. The posters will be distributed to Connecticut Explored readers inside the Fall 2018 issue and high school civics teachers for display in their classrooms.

Connecticut Public Affairs Network, $2,300: “Commemorating the Constitution of 1818” – The Connecticut Public Affairs Network is planning a six-part lecture series with Connecticut Explored on the Constitution of 1818 that provides contextual information, explores the document’s impact on religious freedom and voting rights, and fosters discussion on its lasting impact on citizens of today.  The free noontime programs will be held at Connecticut’s Old State House (OSH) with themed tours of the OSH, the  site of the constitutional convention and a building impacted by the Constitution.

Connecticut Historical Society, $3000: “The Constitution of 1818: Debate and Dissent in the Land of Steady Habits” – A three-part lecture series will take place at CHS and at UCONN School of Law covering the creation of the constitution of 1818 from different legal & historical perspectives. Speakers, including Attorney Wesley Horton, Professor Mark Weston Janis, and Professor Richard Kay, will cover such topics as the transition from the 1662 Charter to the 1818 Constitution, the debates surrounding the constitution of 1818 and their relevance to modern CT politics, and the rise of religious toleration in the state.


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