CT Humanities provided $16M statewide in General operating support grants to help museums, cultural, humanities, and arts organizations

$961,800 awarded to groups in Greater Danbury economic region

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut | Jan 4, 2022

CT Humanities provided $16M in general operating support grants to help the state’s 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 Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants program.

These grants were administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

  • CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grants were GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT grants for museums and 501(c)(3) non-profit, municipal, Connecticut state, or Connecticut-based tribal nation organizations that provide cultural-, humanities-, and arts-based projects and activities for the public (i.e., museums, historic houses, historical societies, arts organizations, cultural centers, and other organizations that offer activities such as exhibitions, performances, art classes, public programs, or walking tours to the public).
  • Eligibility: Eligibility applied to organizations whose core mission, vision, focus, and legal purpose – as stated in their Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws – articulate a commitment to conduct museum, cultural, humanities, and/or arts activities AND at least 51 percent of their annual fiscal expenditures is allocated specifically to support cultural, humanities, and arts activities, programming, services or initiatives.
  • Award Amounts: The minimum grant award amount was $5,000 and the maximum award amount was $500,000. All eligible applying organizations received funding support. Award amounts were determined based upon an organization’s budget size and in consideration of other sources of state funding.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is glad to see the participation from qualified organizations in the region and nearly a million dollars awarded to arts and culture in Western Connecticut.  In partnership with CT Humanities and the CT Office of the Arts, the Cultural Alliance worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure the arts and cultural resources in our region were informed, gained access, and received the support they needed to apply. We thank all of our local partners: Danbury Cultural Commission; Newtown Cultural Arts Commission; Ridgefield Arts Council; Bethel Arts; and Brookfield Arts Commission; for their help with outreach, sharing the opportunity with as many as possible in our local community.

CT Humanities plan to provide additional resources to support awardees of this grant program. We will be working in partnership with them and the CT Office of the Arts moving forward to best serve our region. Congratulations to all award recipients! Here is the list of awardees in Western Connecticut (sorted by town):

Bethel Arts $5,300
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Inc/Circus Moves $6,400
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut/Bethel Jazz $5,500
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut/FilmFest52 $6,700
Brookfield Craft Center $28,100
Brookfield Theatre $9,100
Danbury Museum $19,700
Danbury Music Centre $25,300
Danbury Railway Museum $11,600
Musicals at Richter $8,600
Richter Arts $5,600
Society for Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing $5,900
New Fairfield Historical Society $5,100
Preserve New Fairfield $5,700
Harrybrooke Park & Harden House Museum $17,400
Merryall Center $6,000
New Milford Historical Society & Museum $10,200
Theatreworks New Milford $14,300
Village Center for the Arts $20,200
Edmond Town Hall $39,400
EverWonder Children’s Museum $5,000
NewArts $15,200
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission $7,400
Newtown Historical Society Inc $6,000
Redding Historical Society $5,900
ACT of CT $106,800
Camerata D Amici $6,200
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center $42,900
Ridgefield Guild of Artists $11,000
Ridgefield Historical Society $12,800
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum $112,300
The Ridgefield Playhouse $266,200
The Ridgefield Chorale $9,000
Thrown Stone Theatre Company $10,700
Town of Ridgefield $5,100
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra $13,000
Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra $22,600
Ridgefield Theater Barn $19,500
Jewish Community Center in Sherman $10,200
The Sherman Playhouse $8,100
Sherman Chamber Ensemble $9,800