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 project will commemorate the iconic “Isle of Safety” located at State House Square from 1913 to 1976 sheltering thousands of commuters who rode the trolleys, and later, buses. Funding will be used to install two commemorative permanent outdoor pictorial exhibits: one in the courtyard of the Old State House just thirty feet from where the Isle of Safety was originally located and the other at the Trolley Museum in East Windsor.