CT Humanities and CT Summer at the Museum Grants

CT Humanities Now Accepting Applications for CT Summer at the Museum Grants

CT Humanities is honored to partner with the CT Office of the Arts again to administer the CT Summer at the Museum Initiative in 2022.

The Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and Connecticut Humanities, is delivering these financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act). 

These grants are being made available to CT Museums to facilitate free admission for all CT children aged 18 and under and one adult caregiver between July 1, 2022 and September 5, 2022. The intent is to help provide unencumbered access to museums for families across the state, regardless of income.

Applications are due before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Award Amounts

In summer 2021, award amounts ranged from $1,000 to $550,000. In summer 2022, we are anticipating that award decisions will be calculated based on your summer 2021 revenue from admissions for CT visitors under 18, a percentage of summer 2021 revenue from admissions for CT visitors over 18, and a base award determined by your operating expenses in 2021 and previous years. “Summer 2021” is defined as July 1 – September 6, 2021. All eligible organizations will receive a minimum award of $1,000. Organizations that do not charge admission will receive funding (to be determined based on the number of applicants) to help cover expenses related to increased visitation.

Where to Apply

All 501(c)(3) non-profit museums should apply through CT Humanities. For-profit museums should complete an application with the CT Office of the Arts (coming soon).

Already Free?

Are you interested in participating in this free admission initiative but don’t want to apply for funding? You are invited to join the listing of organizations with free admission by registering here.

More Information

Visit the CT Humanities website for more information, including eligibility guidelines, important dates, FAQs, and a link to apply. 

Want to know more? CLHO is hosting a virtual information session on May 24 at 11 a.m. The session will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

Questions? Email lpartridge@cthumanities.org

Visit the CT Summer at the Museum Grants Page
RSVP for the Info Session