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 $50,000, may be awarded for exhibitions, public programs, and interpretive digital media projects.
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Application deadline: the first Friday of February, May, August, and November:
February 2, 2018
May 4, 2018
Award decision: the first workday of May, July, November and February.
Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal.
Click here to view the Implementation Grants program grant guidelines.
Before applying, we strongly recommend contacting CTH staff, Scott Wands (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Connecticut Dance Alliance, $15,000: “CDA Dance History Project: Dance in Connecticut” – The state-wide dance organization, Connecticut Dance Alliance (CDA), in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) and various dance constituencies, has embarked on the CDA History Project: Dance in Connecticut.Through grass roots networking, the project endeavors to capture and share, through the art of photography and scholarly writing, a cultural and historical documentation of the rich and vibrant dance heritage in our state. This portion of the project will produce a portable touring exhibition, “Connecticut Dances: A Moving Journey,” which will create a thematically organized portrait of CT’s dance heritage. This exhibition is intended to bring Connecticut dance history to audiences who might never normally see evidence of dance’s vibrant cultural heritage. This unique legacy will bring to the fore the way in which dance has contributed significantly to Connecticut’s cultural and artistic identity.
Connecticut Landmarks, $30,000: “Dialogue Training to Increase Visitor Engagement” – “Dialogue Training to Increase Visitor Engagement” will transform the visitor experience beyond the guided tour, from observation to self-discovery at three Connecticut Landmarks properties: the Joshua and Nathaniel Hempsted Houses in New London, the Butler-McCook House & Garden in Hartford, and the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry. Based in research, updated scholarship, and community input, the project will support training for staff in addressing challenging topics. Trainings will be led by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. After training, CTL staff will be effective in engaging visitors and school groups in dialogue about challenging topics and will have the tools so that future generations of interpreters can learn and use dialogue (rather than the guided tour) as the primary means to interact with visitors.
Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, $24,000: “2016-17 Arts and Culture Season” – The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven’s 2016-2017 cultural enrichment season includes includes a live podcast, two theater production talkbacks, a lecture, and a film screening and audience talkback which address various themes including politics, racism, religion, history, global education, and media culture. The programs cover a variety of different themes and issues thoughtfully and through a strong humanities lens. The Tablet Magazine podcast Unorthodox will look at media portrayals of religion and the weight of religion on voters’ minds in the leadup to the 2016 Presidential election. Rain Pryor’s “Fried Chicken and Latkes” looks at issues including being raised in a multi-racial and religious household and racism. “A Jewish Joke” tackles the Communist blacklist of the 1950s and censorship in general. An Evening with Lewis Bernstein talks to one of the main figures behind Sesame Street and explores changing strategies for educational children’s programming. And “Beneath the Helmet” looks at the difficulties of transitioning back and forth from civilian to military life.
Shoreline Arts Alliance, $24,872: “Shakespeare and Human Nature” – The Shoreline Arts Alliance’s 2016 summer Shakespeare on the Shoreline program on the Guilford Town Green features Two Gentleman of Verona. In an effort to engage a more diverse and inclusive audience, this year’s project includes performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona and Gulliver’s Travels, a series of round table forums and pre- and post-show discussions. Shakespeare’s plots, characters and themes will be explored both in historical context as well as how they remain relevant in modern society. All activities are designed to encourage creatively, critical thinking and to provide multi-sensory opportunities to extend opportunities to people with developmental/ physical challenges.
Westport Country Playhouse, $20,000: “Money, Power, and Belief: Reflections on “The Invisible Hand” – In July 2016, Westport Country Playhouse presents “Money, Power and Belief: Reflections on The Invisible Hand”, an ambitious community engagement initiative in conjunction with the production of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s timely and riveting play “The Invisible Hand.” The harrowing tale of Nick Bright, an American financial analyst being held for ransom by Pakistani jihadists, the play juxtaposes the potent lures of both religion and money and how power and greed can corrupt even those with the best of intentions. The Playhouse will offer a variety of forums for audience-goers to explore the work on stage, its relationship to their own lives, and its impact on the larger world. As part of this free and comprehensive initiative, the Playhouse will host lectures, films, talkbacks, exhibits, and panel discussions to support the mainstage production.
Yale University/Yale Repertory Theatre, $20,933: “2016-17 Will Power! Educational Program” – Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Will Power!” (WP!) program enables students and teachers to derive meaning from theatre and become lifelong critical thinkers. Through study guides and teacher preparation, WP! provides participants with historical and literary context about a production and helps them ask critical questions and make contemporary connections. The 2016-17 WP! program focuses on Yale Rep’s productions of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins.” “Seven Guitars,” set in 1948 Pittsburgh, chronicles African American life throughout the twentieth century. “Assasins,” a musical featuring some of the most infamous Americans-those who have attempted, and sometimes succeeded in, killing presidents-exemplifies a uniquely American form. Through these two works, students will see how these writers and composers embrace and deviate from history to create art that speaks to present-day society.