Implementation Grants

Implementation Grants of up to $35,000 support the execution of humanities activities such as exhibitions, public programs, and interpretive digital media projects.

On this page, you will find:

  1. Implementation Grants Overview
  2. Apply
  3. FAQs
  4. Resources for Grantees

Implementation Grants Overview

What are Implementation Grants?Sample GrantsGuidelines & ApplicationResourcesImportant Dates

Implementation Grants support the execution of humanities projects, such as exhibitions, public programs, and interpretive digital media projects. The implementation stage is intended for projects that are ready to bring to fruition. For projects that require research or development before implementation, please view our Planning Grants.

Although a Planning Grant is not required to receive an Implementation Grant, and receipt of a Planning Grant does not guarantee Implementation funding, a competitive Implementation Grant application will discuss the research, planning, and development work conducted leading up to the grant request.

Implementation Grant proposals must demonstrate significant humanities scholarship and content and articulate clearly defined goals that will be achieved during the project.

For more information and examples of typical Implementation Grant projects, view the “Sample Grants” tab.

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?

CT Humanities supports the intersection of the humanities and other fields such as arts or STEM. Implementation Grants can fund projects that explore this intersection of humanities and other fields. For example, the production of a play with supporting programming that helps the audience to better understand the humanities themes of the play could be funded by an Implementation Grant. In this case, CTH would primarily consider funding the supporting humanities programming.


Implementation Grants can fund larger, interpretive exhibitions that explore humanities themes or issues. Exhibitions are the physical representation of humanities content and are typically installed on a permanent or temporary basis at museums and other public sites. Exhibition applications require the following materials:

  • A list or illustrations of key objects or images
  • Sample text for introductory panel, main section panels, and object labels
  • A rendering of the exhibition’s floor plan and sample elevations
  • A brief narrative “walk-through” of the exhibition or site that describes the visitor experience
  • Specific examples of “take-away messages” or learning objectives and how you will convey them through the exhibition

Sample Model Applications:

Discussion-Based Public Programs

Implementation Grants can fund large scale discussion-based programs that explore humanities themes and topics through formats such as panel presentations, lecture series, symposia, author talks, festivals, or other types of events that contextualize and interpret activities like film screenings, concerts, and performances. Regardless of the format, the project should provide opportunities for the audience to ask questions and engage with presenters. Discussion-based public program applications require a two-page maximum attachment that details the following:

  • Title, theme(s) and format of public program(s)
  • Dates and times of program(s)
  • Location and audience capacity of the venue(s)
  • Admission and other fees
  • Name of speakers, educators or presenters
  • If presentation is part of a larger program, include a schedule of events for the date(s)

For film and theater presentations, also include up to two pages that include:

  • A synopsis of the plot or story line
  • Specific examples of “take-away messages” or learning objectives

Sample Model Applications:

Interpretive Digital Media Projects

Implementation Grants can fund projects that convey the humanities through digital media, including the creation of new websites or updating of existing websites, creation and dissemination of audio and visual material, mobile applications, Geographic Information System applications, and data visualization projects. Interpretive digital media project applications require the following:

  • Statement of technologies to be used and justification for selection
  • Justification for choosing any proprietary technologies over open-source options
  • Description of standards (digitization, metadata, public accessibility, privacy) that will be employed
  • Access or other fees for the public to use the site or app
  • Explanation of how you will obtain permissions for intellectual property you do not own
  • For website and mobile app projects: sample text, screen shots and site map or structural description for the website
  • For other media projects: sample text and sample audio/visual component

Sample Model Application:

Documentary Films

Implementation Grants can fund the production of documentary films. These grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions and help propel projects toward completion.

Projects must be:

  • in the production stage
  • have a work in-progress to submit
  • actively involve at least two Humanities subject area experts to help advise on, frame, and contextualize subject matter throughout the production process
  • conducted by mediamakers with a previously completed work sample to submit.

Documentary film grants require:

  • A brief treatment detailing the creative style, narrative structure, imagery or audio content, animation, and interactive elements, as applicable, of your project. (2 pp. max)
  • Internet link and password, if applicable, to the work-in-progress sample for which you seek funding. (Suggested length: 10 minutes.)
  • Internet link and password, if applicable, to a prior work sample in its entirety.
  • Explanation of the prior work submitted & brief outline of role(s) your project team members played in its creation. Provide any necessary background information or context for the work- in-progress. (2 pp. max)

Sample Model Applications:

Please note that application questions may change. Some sample applications do not reflect all questions asked in the current application and may have schedules that reflect old grant periods. Click the “Guidelines and Application” tab to preview the current Implementation Grant application. Click the “Important Dates” tab to view current grant periods.


Please read the Implementation Grant guidelines before applying. The Implementation Grant Guidelines outline eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, matching requirements, grant duration, and more. Please note that Implementation Grants require a certain percentage of matching funds be from external funds.

View Grant Guidelines

Funding Priorities:

CT Humanities seeks to fund projects that include significant humanities scholarship and content; explore topics and stories in an inclusive, diverse, and equitable manner; and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the formation of the United States consistent with the America 250 | CT Commission’s guiding themes. You can find more information about our funding priorities here.

Preview the Application:

To preview the current Implementation 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.

Need help with navigating the CTH Grant Portal? Looking for resources to help your organization with its data collection? Seeking resources to help develop and strengthen humanities projects?

Click the button below to view our Resources for Applicants:

Resources for Applicants

Please also feel free to reach out to CTH Grants Staff at with any questions.

Application deadlines are typically the first Friday of November and April.

2024 Application deadlines:

  • April 5, 2024
  • November 1, 2024

Award notification: The first workday of June (for the April deadline) or January (for the November deadline)

Grant period: 24 months starting from the date of the award notification

Hill-Stead Museum, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Closing Night (September 2021)


We are eager to help you submit a strong application. Before applying, organizations must contact CTH Grants Staff at 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

FAQs about Implementation Grants

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for an Implementation Grant?
To apply for an Implementation Grant, your organization must be one of the following:

  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Connecticut for at least one year and governed by a board of directors that meets regularly
  • A municipality in the state of Connecticut
  • A Connecticut-based federally or State recognized tribe

Non-eligible applicants may choose to partner with an eligible organization to apply for an Implementation Grant, though in this case CT Humanities would be contracting with the eligible partner organization. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Implementation Grant guidelines (see the “Guidelines and App” tab above).

Do I need to receive a Planning Grant in order to apply for an Implementation Grant?
No. A Planning Grant is not required to receive an Implementation Grant, and receipt of a Planning Grant does not guarantee Implementation funding.

How much information do I need to include in my application?
The more information you can provide, the better. Typically, a competitive Implementation Grant application will include a narrative describing the background and scope of the project in detail, identify all project team members (including speakers or consultants), clearly articulate the humanities themes of the project, and include a marketing plan that demonstrates how you will reach your identified target audiences. Implementation grants also have additional required uploads; for example, applications for exhibitions must include object lists, sample text, sample floor plans and elevations, narrative walk-throughs, a list of learning objectives, and admission fee information. You can preview these requirements by viewing the “Sample Applications” tab above.

What are eligible expenses for grant funds?
You can find a list of eligible expenses and funding exclusions in the grant guidelines (see the “Guidelines and Application” tab above). If you are unsure whether an expense is allowable, please feel free to reach out to Grants staff.

What are eligible matching funds?
Implementation Grants require a minimum 1:1 match and require that a certain percentage of your request be matched by external funds. For Implementation Grant requests under $25,000, at least 25% of your request must be matched with external funds. For Implementation Grant requests of $25,000-$35,000, at least 50% of your request must be matched with external funds. The remaining match can be any combination of applicant funds or in-kind contributions.

  • External Funds – Funds raised to support the project, such as through donations or other grants.
  • Applicant Funds – Funds from your organizations spent on the project, such as salary for staff time or the purchase of equipment.
  • In-Kind Contributions – The value of any donated time or items for the project. For example, volunteers’ time can be valued and used to match the grant (for a typical volunteer, we recommend that volunteer time be valued at the current IRS or AARP recommended rate ($31/hr in 2023); for specialists donating their time, value their time at their regular rates).

Funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development or any other state agency cannot be used for matching purposes. For more information about matching requirements, view the grant guidelines (see the “Guidelines and Application” tab above).

Can I have a Planning Grant and Implementation Grant open at the same time?
No. At any given time, an organization may have:

You are eligible to apply for another Implementation Grant or Planning Grant after you’ve completed your final report and closed your open Planning or Implementation Grant.

Beginning July 1, 2019, organizations may receive a maximum of two Implementation Grants in any three consecutive Connecticut Humanities (CTH) fiscal years (July 1 to June 30). This new policy is not retroactive and only impacts grants made after July 1, 2019 and moving forward. This policy only involves Implementation Grants and does not apply to any other CTH grant line including Planning Grants, Capacity Grants, or Quick Grants.

How will my grant application be scored?
The Application Review Committee will score your application using these questions, which will be used as the basis of their discussion of all grant applications. You can find more information about the application review process here

Can I save a copy of my application?
Yes. In the CTH Grants Portal, open your grant application. Under your contact information, you should see three buttons. Click the middle button “Application Packet” to create a PDF of your application. 

How are funds disbursed?
Funds are disbursed in two installments: 80% at the time of fully executed grant agreement and the remaining 20% after completion of the final report. Starting in 2023, funds are disbursed via ACH transfers through If you have not previously received funds through Bill from CTH, you can follow these steps to register for Bill and connect to us for payment.

Resources for Grantees

Have you received an Implementation Grant? Visit the Resources for Grantees page here for information on grant management, a Public Relations Toolkit, and more resources!

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