Quick Grants

With awards up to $4,999, a streamlined application process, and only one month from application to award notification, Quick Grants continue to help organizations create small-scale humanities programs that have big impacts on their communities. Quick Grants can be used to expand or enrich a larger public presentation project or serve as a standalone exploration of a specific topic or theme.

Quick Grants can be used to fund:

  • Small exhibitions
  • Discussion-based public programs (lectures, symposia, community conversations, pre- or post-performance talkback sessions, author talks, film talks, etc.)
  • Local history tours
  • “One Book” community reading projects

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Application deadline: the first Friday of every month:

January 5, 2018
February 2, 2018
March 2, 2018
April 6, 2018
May 4, 2018
June 1, 2018

Award decision: the first workday of the following month

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

Click here to view the Quick Grants program grant guidelines.

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

In FY2017, Connecticut Humanities, with support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, awarded the following organizations in the Greater Hartford area Quick Grants for projects that illuminated the area’s history and heritage.

Avon Historical Society, $2,487: “Moments in Avon’s History” – The historical society will construct exhibits in the form of a set of retractable, portable banners that tell Avon’s story. The exhibits will each feature a different aspect of Avon’s history through words and images. By placing the banners through town, over time Avon’s residents and visitors will be introduced to many aspects of the history of the town and the region. The initial schedule will cover two years, but the banners will be in use for many years.

Connecticut Historical Society, $3,000: “Sisu and Creativity: Finnish Cultural Heritage in Connecticut”—In Spring 2017, the CHS and the Finnish American Heritage Society of Canterbury presented an exhibit of Finnish history in Connecticut – their agricultural cooperatives; the built environment including farms, barns, and community halls; the saunas constructed by every family as a social gathering place; and artistic and musical traditions still practiced throughout the community – using art works, images and documents from the FAHS archives, one of the largest Finnish collections in the country.

Connecticut Public Affairs Network, $2,572: “Connecticut History Day Contests and Public Presentations”—Approximately 500 Connecticut History Day students in grades 6-12 presented their findings from months of historical research on a variety of humanities topics to hundreds of audience members at two public contests in April and May. The students have done research and analysis on topics from local, national and international history based on this year’s National History Day theme of Taking a Stand in History. This grant funded two historical performances for students and the general public presented prior to the Awards Ceremony at each contest.

Farmington Village Green and Library Association, $2,750: “People of Farmington’s Past” is an interactive exhibit and visitor experience composed of 12 first-person/actor, short- film interpretations in the Stanley-Whitman House Conklin History Gallery, via website interactivity, and for use during educational programming onsite and in schools. The films will be professionally researched, scripted, staged and produced. Costumes and educational interpretive content will reflect life in Farmington, CT during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, $1,530: “Foundations of Change: a program with Professor Manisha Sinha, author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition”—Professor Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. Professor Sinha led a conversation on her book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, describing how abolition redefined American democracy and human rights across the globe.

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, $2,200: “Back to the Old Neighborhoods: Jewish Hartford Bus Tour”—The Society’s Bus Tour was developed as a result of the publication of two volumes of memories of growing up in Hartford. The “Back to the Old Neighborhood” professionally-guided bus tour traces the path of daily life of the first Jewish settlers from the city to Hartford’s North End.

Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society, $3,000: “West Hartford A-Z” will be a traveling exhibit encompassing the history of West Hartford that will engage the Town’s diverse population of 60,000. A previous exhibit will be transformed into a more usable format. The result will include 100+ images and original artwork and three-dimensional objects from the museum’s collection.

The Mark Twain House and Museum, $2,385: “The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series” offers free evening lectures by leading humanities scholars. The lectures address subjects related to Mark Twain, his work, his era, or issues that were important to him and are of continuing relevance today. The series featured four lectures discussing Twain’s role as a public intellectual; Twain and gothic literature; artifacts of his early international travels; and his relationship with the influential writer and editor William Dean Howells.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, $3,000: “Morgan: Mind of the Collector Experimentation Gallery & Mobile Tour”—A major new exhibit Morgan: Mind of the Collector celebrates the centennial anniversary of J.P. Morgan’s donation of 1,350+ objects to the museum.  The exhibit explores the history of Morgan’s collecting and travel during the Gilded Age.  The experimentation gallery will provide visitors opportunities to engage with exhibition themes in greater depth.

Wethersfield Historical Society, $2,975: “Here We Stand: Native History and Culture from Pyquag to Wethersfield and Beyond”—This project is an engagement point between the local community and indigenous communities in light of the 380th anniversary of the Pequot War.  This 4-part project, spanning over 500 years of interaction, utilizes the expertise of Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Pequot Museum, native performer and lecturer Annawon Weeden, as well as native chef Sherry Pocknett to discuss traditional issues as well as those faced today by indigenous groups living with the legacy of colonialism.

Windsor Historical Society, $3,000: “The Changing Face of War:  Windsor Responds to World War I”—Windsor Historical Society plans an exhibition and four programs centered upon the town’s response to the Great War. Six recently-donated WWI–era naval recruitment posters provide the framework for display of the Society’s rich collections of wartime correspondence, gear, and records of community service organizations.


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