Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants of up to $100,000 per year support Connecticut organizations and their projects in areas currently not served by CT Humanities and which have a strategic statewide, regional, or national impact in the humanities for the public.

On this page, you will find:

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

Partnership Grants Overview

What are Partnership Grants?Current Funded PartnershipsGuidelines & AppFunding PrioritiesImportant Dates

Partnership Grants support Connecticut organizations and their projects in areas currently not served by CT Humanities and which have a strategic statewide, regional, or national impact in the humanities for the public.

Successful partnerships will address topics in areas including (but not limited to):  

  • Improving the capacity of Connecticut museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations to bring the humanities to the public and their communities; 
  • Supporting K-12 educators in teaching CT social studies and humanities topics in ways that connect to CT State Standards and CT museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations’ collections; 
  • Presenting a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable Connecticut story by connecting to local communities, organizations, and collections; 
  • Integrating and/or providing content across organizations, platforms, communities, etc. to improve/increase public access to the humanities;

Through Partnership funding, CTH seeks to create a collaborative relationship with grantees that will result in resource sharing, co-creation, or co-direction of content. Successful grantees will join CTH’s other Funded Partners in working to craft a coherent vision and compelling case for the humanities in Connecticut and will produce tangible, measurable goals and objectives aligned with the funding priorities, mission, and strategic plan of CT Humanities. 

Recently funded CTH Partnerships include:

  • Connecticut League of History Organizations: Support to improve capacity to serve Connecticut’s museum ecosystem through expanding staff, strategic planning, direct services to museums, expanding digital infrastructure through the Connecticut Collections project, and outreach to the broader museum community.
  • Connecticut Heritage Foundation: Funding for Conservation Connection to run a Collections Assessment Grant program to provide small and mid-sized museums with a free assessment of their museum or archive collections.
  • Connecticut Democracy Center: Support to the CT Council for the Social Studies (CCSS), in coordination with the CT Democracy Center, to create social studies standards, offer professional development, provide funding for sustainable partnerships between cultural institutions and schools, and modernize the web presence for CCSS
  • Connecticut Historical Society: Increase capacity for the CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) to serve diverse cultural communities throughout the state through increased community-informed consultation, in-depth cultural instruction within communities, community-led projects and collaboration, and open access to a growing catalog of digital assets through CCHAP.

To view our full list of current Funded Partnership Grants, click here.

Please read the Partnership Grant guidelines before applying. The Partnership Grant guidelines detail eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, grant duration, and more. 

View Grant Guidelines

To preview the current Partnership Grant application, click here.

After speaking with Grants staff about your project, you will receive instructions to apply for a Partnership Grant through the CTH Grant Application Portal. You must email Grants staff to discuss your Partnership idea by close of business, September 15, 2022 for your project to be considered.

CT Humanities seeks to fund projects with significant humanities scholarship and content that explores topics and stories in an inclusive, diverse, and equitable manner. You can find more information about our funding priorities here.

In addition, Funded Partnership Grants must produce tangible, measurable goals and objectives aligned with the mission and strategic plan of CT Humanities. You can find more information about our mission and strategic plan here.

Interested applicants must email CTH by September 15, 2022 to apply. Email Lian Partridge at lpartridge@cthumanities.org with your Partnership idea.

Application Deadline: October 7, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.

Award Notification: October 28, 2022 

Grant Period: 1 or 2 years 

 

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Apply

We are eager to help you submit a strong application. To apply, organizations must contact CTH staff member Lian Partridge at lpartridge@cthumanities.org to discuss your Partnership idea no later than close of business on September 15, 2022. Applications are due October 7, 2022.

For an overview of the application process, click here.

FAQs about Partnership Grants

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for a Partnership Grant?
To apply for a Partnership 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

To be a competitive applicant for this grant, organizations must also have a strategic statewide, regional, or national impact in the humanities for the public.

You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Partnership Grant guidelines (see the “Guidelines and Application” 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.

Is there a funding match requirement for Partnership Grants?

No, there is no requirement to match funds for Partnership Grants. 

While no match is required, demonstrating matching funds that equal or surpass your grant request is highly recommended and will be considered during application review.

These matching funds can come from any combination of the following:

  • 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 valuing their time at $25/hr; 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.

Can I apply for a Partnership Grant if I currently have another CTH grant?
Yes. However, Partnership activities funded through the Partnership Grant cannot also be supported by another CTH grant (with the exception of the CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant).

At any given time, an organization may have:

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 or four installments via check depending on the duration of the grant. 

For two-year awards, funds are disbursed in four installments via check; 40% at the time of fully executed grant agreement; 10% after completion of an interim report; 40% at the beginning of the second year of the agreement; the remaining 10% after completion of the final report. 

For one-year awards, funds are disbursed in two installments via check; 80% at the time of fully executed grant agreement and the remaining 20% after completion of the final report.  

You will find more information about the payment structure in your grant agreement. 

Resources for Grantees

Have you received a Partnership Grant? The following resources may be helpful throughout your grant period. You can also find an overview of the grants management process here.

Checklist for Grantees

Ensure that you don’t miss any grant requirements by following this checklist for grantees.

Interim and Final Reports

For one-year projects, grantees will complete a final report at the end of the grant period. For two-year projects, grantees will complete an interim report at the end of the first year and a final report at the end of the grant period.

In the interim report, you will report on how your project has been going, how you have spent CTH funds, and revise your budget as needed for year two of the grant. In the final report, you will report on how your project went and how you spent CTH funds.

To complete your interim or final report, log in to the CTH grants portal. Under your project on your applicant dashboard you will see Follow Up Forms. Find your interim or final report there and click “View” to edit and submit your interim or final report.

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