Overview

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  The CT Museums' Kids are Free Summer grant program is dependent on the disbursement of American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds and the necessary authorization from the state legislature. All funding associated with this program is contingent upon such approval.

 

An Information Session was held on Thursday, May 20 from 12 noon - 1 PM via Zoom. 
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Overview

On April 30th, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont announced that he is proposing to launch an initiative that will allow children in Connecticut to visit museums* throughout the state free of charge during the upcoming summer months. Under the initiative, all Connecticut children (18 and under) plus one accompanying adult can visit any of the state’s participating museums free of charge from July 1 to September 6.  It will be supported by a $15 million investment from the state’s federal recovery funds to the participating museums.

* For the purposes of this initiative, “museums” refers broadly to historic house museums, historic sites and historical societies, as well as children’s museums, science centers and special-interest museums. Qualified applicants must have a nonprofit 501c3 tax designation or be owned by a municipality.

The initiative was included as part of the proposal he presented to the Connecticut General Assembly to allocate federal COVID-19 recovery funding. This summer museum portion of the proposal is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Office of the Governor in partnership with the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood and CT Humanities is delivering the CT Museums - Kids Are Free Summer Initiative and other financially accessible summer enrichment opportunities to families and children of all ages using funding provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and the 2021 Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

Funding

Grants will be awarded to museums that provide free admission for Connecticut children (18 and under) and one accompanying adult.  The purpose of these grants is to help mitigate loss in visitor revenue due to participation in the initiative. 

Grant awards will be calculated based on the applicant's revenue from admissions for the period of July 1 - September 2, 2019.  The minimum grant award is $1,000.  Grants do not require a cash match.

Grants will be by administered by the Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  The CT Museums' Kids are Free Summer grant program is dependent on the disbursement of American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds and the necessary authorization from the state legislature. All funding associated with this program is contingent upon such approval.

Participation for Non-Funded Museums

Any museum in Connecticut may participate in the initiative regardless of whether they apply for or are eligible for funding. Organizations choosing to participate in the free admission initiative but not applying for funding are invited to join the listing by registering here.

 
Eligibility
How to Apply & The Application
Timeline and Process
Register to Participate
Frequently Asked Questions
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