Now Accepting Letters of Intent for
CHEFA Cultural Relief Grants

CTHumanities | October 1, 2020

CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts are honored to partner to provide relief funding to nonprofit arts, humanities, and cultural organizations that are: 

-continuing to provide arts and humanities programs and services but are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19,

-committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations,

-committed to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community.

These grants are funded through the generosity of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $85,000 to cultural organizations across Connecticut. Each grant award made will be in the amount of $5,000. Grants may be used for general operating expenses and no funding match is required.


Letters of Intent will be accepted starting Thursday, October 1, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants selected to proceed with the full application will be given an opportunity to expand on their work in relation to the following review criteria:

  • Negative impact of COVID-19 and continuity of operations and sustainability during the pandemic,
  • Strength of arts and humanities programming and activities,
  • Dedication to and understanding of DEI,
  • Commitment to the BIPOC community.

If invited to apply, applications are due no later than Monday, November 16 by 11:59 pm.


An applicant organization must:

  • Be a Connecticut-based federally recognized tribe or 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,
  • Provide significant programs and/or services to the public on a regular basis, including open hours and special events,

Be in compliance with all terms and conditions of previous CT Humanities and CT Office of the Arts grants.

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How to Apply

Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal. If you do not already have an account with our grants system, you will need to create one in order to be able to apply. 

The Letter of Intent should take about 10 minutes to complete; the full application (for those invited to proceed) will take about 30-60 minutes to complete.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of CTH board members, CT Office of the Arts designated representatives, and outside committee advisors who will meet approximately three weeks after the application deadline.

Notification of application status will be made approximately one month after the application deadline.