Project Planning

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

Planning Grants, from $5,000 to $25,000, may be awarded to develop 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 Planning 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 Project Planning Grants Awarded for FY2018 include:

Artspace (New Haven), $12,075: “Paying Homage: Soil & Site”- Artspace is planning for the creation of “Paying Homage: Soil & Site,” a cross-disciplinary initiative to highlight connections between social activism and ceramics. The project uses the work of contemporary potter Roberto Lugo (born in 1981 in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican immigrant parents) as a focal point for showing how clay can be a medium for discovering lesser-known cultural histories; for advancing scholarship at the intersection of craft, design, and environmentalism; and for examining societal divides across class, race, and religion. Artspace will develop exhibition support, youth curriculum, and symposium panel themes. 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (Norwalk), $20,000: “Planning for ‘Bulls of Wall Street: High Finance, Power, and Social Change in Victorian America’”- The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum receives support to plan their upcoming exhibition, the “Bulls of Wall Street: High Finance, Power, and Social Change in Victorian America.” The exhibit will look at the origins of an industry that contemporary America accepts as an institution, but which was new, controversial, and volatile in the nineteenth century: Wall Street finance. 

Naugatuck Historical Society, $20,000: “Town of Dreamers, City of Invention”- The Naugatuck Historical Society is creating a new, permanent exhibit on Naugatuck’s industrial history for display in their new home, the 1881 Tuttle House. Designed by the Waterbury-based architect Robert Wakeman Hill for Bronson and Mary Ann Tuttle, the Queen Anne-style landmark holds a central place in Naugatuck history. Bronson B. Tuttle  was co-founder in 1858 with John H. Whittemore of Tuttle & Whittemore (now, the Eastern Company), one of the first malleable-iron manufacturers in the United States. These two industrial magnates, lifelong business partners and friends, played pivotal roles in Naugatuck’s ascent to manufacturing greatness. The Tuttle and Whittemore families were also benefactors of the town’s impressive public building program and founders of progressive social institutions, including one of the first day-care facilities in Connecticut (which is still operating).  

Total Project Planning Grants Awarded = $52,075.


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