Project Implementation

Connecticut Humanities Fund Public Presentation Grants support projects that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. They allow us to analyze our complex society and to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions based on inquiry, evaluation, and empathy.

The Public Presentation grant lines support projects from planning through implementation and the flexible funding range allows organizations to develop projects of all sizes. There are separate application forms and requirements for Planning Grants and Implementation Grants.

Only one (1) Public Presentation Planning or Implementation Grant can be open at a time.

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

Implementation Grants, from $5,000 to $35,000, may be awarded for exhibitions, public programs, and interpretive digital media projects.

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Application deadlines (the first Friday of November and April):

November 2, 2018
April 5, 2019

Award decision: The first workday of February (for November grants) and July (for May grants).

Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal.

Click here to view the Implementation Grants program grant guidelines.

Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Scott Wands at to discuss your project idea. We are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review draft applications received at least two weeks before the grant deadline. Applications submitted without prior communication with CTH staff will not be considered.

Recent Implementation Grants Awarded in FY2018 include:

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme), $25,000: “Art and the New England Farm”- The Florence Griswold Museum’s new exhibition, “Art and the New England Farm,” will be on view from May 11, 2018, through September 16, 2018. The exhibition looks at the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate, the Lyme region, and beyond to examine the complex history and character of New England’s farms. The project includes an exhibition and educational programs for adults and families to help visitors explore the exhibition themes from various angles, while also creating discussion of current social issues of the New England farm.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford), $20,000: “Launching the New Stowe Center Experience”- The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center received support for a robust marketing project to introduce the new Stowe House tour experience to the public, grow and diversify the house tour audience, and drive visibility and participation. The Stowe House reinterpretation has resulted in an engaging, compelling, and thought-provoking new experience for the public, replacing a traditional guided tour of period rooms. The tour uses conversation, immerses the visitor in Stowe’s world, connects the issues of her day with today, and illustrates Stowe’s impact. Participants are inspired to take action on an issue important to them, as Stowe did when she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The new experience extends the dialogue and issue-based style of the Stowe Center’s other public programs into the historic house, transforming the museum into a forum connecting the past and the present, a place for discussing ideas and issues, and encouraging civic engagement.

Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington), $20,000: “Sunken Garden Poetry Festival 2018”- In 2018, Hill-Stead Museum will present the 26th season of the “Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (SGPF).” Scheduled from May-August 2018, the Festival includes a five-part series of poetry readings and musical performances. Along with a performance by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the SGPF will feature four themed performances: Irish Poetry & Music, Disability Awareness, Poetry of Our World celebrating multiculturalism, and CT Young Poets Day with Andrea Gibson. Each evening begins with a Prelude that offers attendees and poets an opportunity for mutual learning, deep reflection and face-to-face interaction. Programming continues in the Sunken Garden with readings by an opening poet, a musical interlude, and the headlining poet’s performance.

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., $22,955: “The Vinland Map Exhibition”- Mystic Seaport Museum’s May 2018 Vinland Map exhibition places this controversial manuscript on U.S. public view for the first time in 50 years. Purported to be documentary evidence that the Vikings reached North America 500 years before Columbus, the map triggered a firestorm of public and scholarly debates among humanities scholars, scientists, and Italian Americans. This exhibition will examine the map’s mysterious origins; the reasons scholars initially believed it to be authentic; the world’s response to its unveiling; the challenges to that conclusion; and the science that finally turned the tide of scholarly opinion.

New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, $25,000: “The Ideas Program at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas”- The Festival’s 2018 Ideas Program centers around a series of lectures and panel discussions designed to illuminate some of today’s most exciting advancements and pressing concerns, demonstrating the vital role played by the humanities in civic life. Talks and panels feature thinkers and leaders from numerous disciplines including novelists, artists, poets, playwrights, historians, anthropologists, and politicians. Each year they provide audiences of more than 80,000 people with access to outstanding experiences, driving tourism and economic development.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford), $25,000: “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s”- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art are co-organizing an exhibition entitled “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s,” which focuses on the relationship between Surrealism and war in both Europe and America. The exhibit will be accompanied by educational and interpretive programming and a fully-illustrated catalogue, which will present new scholarship on the broader impact of the effects of war and Surrealist imagery in Europe and the United States.

Total Project Implementation Grants Awarded = $137,955.

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