Thank you for your help with the effort to restore state funding to Connecticut Humanities. As you know, Gov. Malloy used his line-item veto authority to revoke a $1.73 million appropriation that was included in the budget by the legislature for FY 2016-17.
Your voice — and those of your friends, board members, volunteers and others — can make a major difference. Collectively, our voices represent the hundreds of mostly small heritage, preservation and library organizations and initiatives that benefit from this relatively modest funding stream. Together we can show how much we care about this critical source of funds, which makes such a tangible and positive impact on the quality of life in Connecticut.
More specifically, this line item veto eliminates the competitive grant pool administered by Connecticut Humanities. This money is used to fund educational programs and exhibits, conduct important conversations on contemporary issues, build organizational capacity, and promote civic health and engagement across the state. It also is a primary funding stream for our partner organizations – the Connecticut League of History Organizations and CT Explored magazine – and vibrant school programs, including Connecticut History Day and Poetry Out Loud, as well as ConnecticutHistory.org, our state’s online history resource.
Here are some background resources, for your information:
- List by town and CT Map of recent CT Humanities grants by Connecticut town:
- CTMirror.org article from Friday, June 3: http://ctmirror.org/2016/06/03/ct-towns-say-they-arent-prepared-for-last-minute-cut-to-state-aid/
We greatly appreciate your support!
Douglas G. Fisher