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Quick Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Municipalities
for Community-Oriented Humanities Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Humanities (CTH)

Deadline Date:

06/07/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $4,999 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities for community-oriented humanities projects. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. This program is intended for projects that need a quick-turnaround funding decision. Eligible projects include exhibitions, tours, community events, and book-centered programs.

Quick Grants support a wide range of community-oriented, public programs that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. Quick Grants may fund implementation of small exhibitions, discussion-based public programs, local history tours, and community reading projects. All Quick Grant proposals must demonstrate significant humanities scholarship and content and must be:

-Open to the general public
-Free or low-cost to attend
-Clearly interpretive and based in the humanities

Funded projects may serve to expand and enrich other public presentations such as exhibitions or performances providing they are not being used as a cash match in another CTH grant.

Organizations may have only one (1) Quick Grant open at a time. CTH must approve a final report on the first grant prior to receiving a second award.

Program Formats:

Exhibitions and Tours: These projects explore humanities themes through interpretive exhibitions or local tours. Project formats may include museum-style interpretive exhibits, online exhibitions and walking or driving tours.

Community Events: Programs that get people talking—the audience experiences a film, performance, panel presentation or lecture and explores the deeper meaning of its themes and issues. Whatever the format, the program should feature opportunities for the audience to ask questions and actively engage with the presenters and topic being discussed.

Community Reads Projects: Book-centered programs that go beyond traditional book clubs. They connect your community through a common reading experience with discussion and further learning about topics in the book. These programs may inspire action in your community or simply focus on deeper reflection on literature and learning.

Note: Regardless of program format, projects that help the public better understand and contextualize community issues or current events, relate the past to the present, are Connecticut focused, and/or incorporate Connecticut Book Award winning or finalist books or authors are especially encouraged.

Funding Priorities:

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) gives priority to projects that include significant humanities scholarship and content and do one or more of the following:
-Reach broad audiences
-Address social issues through humanities disciplines
-Foster collaboration among organizations
-Encourage creativity and demonstrate ingenuity and innovation
-Encourage heritage tourism

Eligible Expenses:
-Purchase of materials and rental of equipment needed to produce the exhibit
-Design and production of interpretive exhibition labels and panels
-Expenses for video recordings, audio recordings, or photography used in the exhibit
-Printed programs, brochures or other educational material associated with the exhibit or event
-Transportation between sites (for multi-venue tours)
-Performer fees
-Film screening fees
-Discussion leader honoraria
-Book purchase for titles used in Community Reads programs
-Speaker/performer travel expenses
-Equipment rental for use in public performance/presentation
-Venue rental
-Direct promotion and advertising expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172046

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards may not exceed $4,999.

Term of Contract:

All Quick Grant project periods are nine (9) months in duration, beginning on the first day of the month following application submission.

All CTH grant funded activities must occur and be completed within the nine (9) month project period. No extensions are allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant organization must:
-Be incorporated in the state of Connecticut for at least one year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors that meets regularly OR be a municipality in the state of Connecticut
-Provide significant programs and/or services to the public on a regular basis, including open hours and special events; or function as a professional service organization that supports humanities program providers
-Be in compliance with all terms and conditions of previous Connecticut Humanities grants

The following are not eligible for funding:
-For-profit organizations
-Agencies of the state of Connecticut, including state universities, state parks and state historic sites
-Organizations not in compliance with terms and conditions of previous Connecticut Humanities grants

Funding Exclusions:
-Projects advocating a particular political, philosophical, religious or ideological point of view or a particular program of social action or change
-Projects intended primarily to create musical compositions, dance, paintings, sculpture, poetry, short stories, novels or other artistic products
-Renovation, restoration, rehabilitation or construction of historic sites
-Conservation treatment that is not directly related to a CTH-funded exhibition
-Book printing or publication
-Curricula for classes not accessible to the general public
-Individual fellowships, graduate education or university-based projects that require participants to register for academic credit
-Acquisition of artifacts, works of art or documents
-Capital improvements to applicant site and/or facilities
-Purchases of capital equipment, buildings or land
-Repayment of loans or debt service
-Costs associated with social events or fundraising activities
-Purchase of food, alcohol, refreshments or catering services
-Retroactive funding for activities undertaken before the start of the proposed grant period
-Undocumented expenses
-Overhead expenses, including insurance, taxes, administrative fees, employee benefits and site operating expenses
-Honoraria, stipends or professional fees for applicant organization’s staff (full- or part-time) or board members
-Honoraria, stipends or professional fees for elected officials
-Honoraria, stipends or professional fees for active CTH board members and staff

Pre-Application Information:

Quick Grants must be matched dollar for dollar.

Before applying, organizations must contact CTH staff member Scott Wands to discuss project ideas. Staff members are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review draft applications received at least two weeks before the grant deadline. Applications submitted without prior communication with CTH staff will not be considered.

Applications are due to CTH by 11:59pm on the first Friday of the month: August 3, 2018, October 5, 2018, December 7, 2018, February 1, 2019, April 5, 2019, and June 7, 2019. Award notifications are made approximately one month following a deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Scott Wands

CT Humanities
100 Riverview Center, Suite 270
292 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
P: 860.685.2260

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut