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 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 Planning Grants program grant guidelines.

Before applying, we strongly recommend contacting CTH staff, Scott Wands (, 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.

Goodwin College, Inc., $5,001: “Roots at Forty: Reflections and Remembrances” – Goodwin College will host a two-day conference, Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances on October 6 and 7, 2017, which coincides with and celebrates the anniversary of Roots original broadcast 40 years ago. The conference will enrich discussions on social justice issues past and present for Goodwin and a broad community audience. In the planning phase, Goodwin will identify a nationally-recognized speaker to engage the Goodwin College and broader community.

Greenwich Historical Society, $7,007: “Jane and Jim Henson: Partners in Work and Life” – The Greenwich Historical Society (GHS) is planning an exhibition to highlight the lives, relationship and work of Greenwich residents Jane and Jim Henson. Most famous for their work in creating The Muppets and the iconic television series Sesame Street, these artists used puppetry to stretch the boundaries of television as and educational medium. The proposed exhibition, scheduled to be on view from March 29 through October 8, 2017, will examine that impact in the context of national educational policy.

Klingberg Family Centers, $19,000: “Klingberg History Project” – The Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain has evolved from a working farm for orphans to a refuge and resource for youth in crisis. Their archives contain detailed accounts and materials that will be used to tell the story of a system and institution that gave shelter and education to thousands of young people, many of whom still live in the area or have families in Connecticut. This project will incorporate oral histories, archival research and the creation of exhibition designs that will allow the Center to share its stories with a wide audience around the state.

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