To be eligible for funding, an organization must meet the following definition of a museum:


A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.


For the purposes of this initiative, “museums” refers broadly to historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.


Additional Eligibility Requirements

All of the following requirements must be met:

  • Have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code OR be owned by the state or a municipality

  • Be incorporated in Connecticut

  • Be registered with the Secretary of the State to do business in the State of Connecticut and be in Good Standing (able to obtain a current Certificate of Legal Existence/Good Standing)  Note:  This does not apply to state or municipally-owned museums.

  • Have its primary place of business and operations in the State of Connecticut

  • Have financial documents/statements for the period of time that covers July 1 - September 2, 2019
    Note:  If you were not open in 2019, you may report data from 2018.

  • Have operating expenses of more than $25,000

    Update If your museum's operating expenses are less than $25,000 a year but you charge admission for adults and/or children, you may apply to this program.

  • Will be open for in-person visitors at least eight (8) hours a week between July 1 - September 6, 2021 
    Note:  Virtual programs, tours, events, etc. are not considered "open" for visitors.
    Update:  If your museum is open less than eight (8) hours per week but are also available to the public by appointment, please apply and note this in the narrative sections.

  • Was open to visitors in the calendar year of 2018 and/or 2019.

NOTE:  The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and/or Connecticut Humanities reserves the right to request documentation as needed to determine an applicant's eligibility.

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