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.
CT Humanities is honored to have partnered with the CT Office of the Arts to administer the CT Museums Kids Are Free Summer Grant program which then became Connecticut Summer at the Museum Free Admission for Kids.
The Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and CT Humanities, delivered these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARP ESSER (American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, 2021 Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)).
CT Humanities awarded a total of $119,371.71 to 17 Connecticut organizations to help enable them to provide free admission to Connecticut children and one accompanying adult between July 1 and September 6, 2021.
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.