American Rescue Plan Funding Available to CT Cultural Organizations | SHARP Capacity Grants from CT Humanities Accepting Applications
CT Humanities (CTH) is now accepting applications for its SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) Capacity Grants. Funding for CTH SHARP Capacity Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative and will provide $640,000 in emergency economic relief to the cultural sector in the state.
The CTH SHARP Capacity Grants are competitive project grants designed to assist humanities organizations and other cultural institutions respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic while strengthening them to serve their communities now and in the future.
CTH SHARP Capacity Grants can help meet the needs of humanities organizations suffering from the impact of COVID-related program closures, lost revenue, and budget shortfalls. “This is an opportunity to retain at-risk jobs as well as create additional positions and diversify staffing,” said Dr. Jason Mancini, Executive Director, CT Humanities.
“CTH support will help organizations stabilize in the present moment and prepare for the future. Beyond staffing, organizations are encouraged to apply for funding for projects including building their information technology infrastructure, making their collections more accessible, conducting strategic planning, and undertaking inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access work (IDEA). Our cultural nonprofits are on the front lines of providing resources that enrich lives in our state’s communities and it is important that they remain viable and accessible to all residents,” adds Mancini.
Eligible organizations include nonprofit, municipal, or federally recognized Native American tribal nation organizations that provide humanities–and/or culture-based projects and activities for the public (i.e., museums, historical societies, libraries, cultural centers, and other organizations that offer activities such as exhibitions, public programs, or walking tours to the public).
CT Humanities will be re-granting a total of $640,000 in ARP funding to non-profit humanities organizations across Connecticut. The maximum grant request amount is $10,000.
Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm on Monday, November 15, 2021. Award notifications will be made by the week of December 20, 2021. More information and application guidelines can be found at cthumanities.org/grants/sharp-grants/.
In collaboration with the CT League of History Organizations, CTH will conduct information sessions about the CTH SHARP Capacity Grants. The latest details can be found at cthumanities.org/grants/sharp-grants/.