CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants were designed to help the states museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.
The Greenwich Historical Society will support the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan that will guide the organization from its 90th anniversary year in 2022 through 2025. A new strategic plan is especially urgent in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and recent damage caused by Hurricane Ida, both of which severely impacted the Historical Society’s planned exhibitions, public programs and fundraising events.
COVID Relief Fund for Museums grants are OPERATING SUPPORT grants for larger museums and other 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide humanities-based projects and activities for the general public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, cultural centers, and other types of non-profit organizations that offer activities like interpretive exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, or walking tours to the general public). This funding was made available to larger organizations with full-time staff and annual operating budgets of at least $450,000, with priority given to those with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or more. *These grants are administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) with funding allocated to the State of Connecticut through the CARES Act.
The Greenwich Historical Society seeks funding to support the creation of a digital exhibition to extend the reach of “An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial”. This digital platform will increase the exhibition’s audience in the wake of COVID-19 closures, offer alternatives to hands-on activities, permit the exhibition’s educational and interpretive content to exist indefinitely in a digital context, and enable GHS to build staff capacity to pilot new digital initiatives.
Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Funding for planning and development for an exhibition on Sports and Athletic Pastimes in Greenwich. This exhibition will examine themes of human athletic achievement and community pride, celebrating the stories of ordinary and extraordinary athletes alike. It will connect visitors to the past in meaningful ways, presenting first-hand stories about the development of modern American society through the lens of leisure time, sports and athletic competition.
Greenwich Historical Society will present an exhibition in 2020 in conjunction with the national centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment that will take a new look at its history and legacy using original sources and voices from Greenwich. The exhibition will be enhanced by educational and interpretive programming to address broader social and civic issues that resonate today and that prompt individual and collective responses to topics such as voter registration, voter suppression and the Equal Rights Amendment. This planning grant will be used to support a Guest Curator, two humanities scholars, a marketing/PR professional and an exhibition design firm to supplement GHSs staff to research and create a compelling Exhibition Implementation Plan, Education Plan and Marketing/PR Plan to expand and engage broad audiences with the history, values and beliefs that inspired and continue to inspire sweeping social movements like the ERA, Black Lives Matter and Me Too.