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Funding Update – March 7, 2017
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has been working diligently to restore $1.73 million to the organization’s line-item funding in Connecticut’s state budget. The loss of these dedicated funds in 2016-2017 drastically reduced our program offerings and zeroed out the Connecticut Humanities Fund—a primary source of grant funding for many of Connecticut’s history and heritage organizations. During the 2015/16 grant cycle alone, Connecticut Humanities awarded more than $1,000,000 to over 120 institutions across the state. The loss of this funding means that programs such as The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill Stead Museum, Growing Up in Connecticut at the Connecticut Historical Society, and From the Ends of the Earth at the Yale Peabody Museum may not be brought to the public in coming years because the funding simply is not available.
The elimination of this line-item funding also threatens to bring an end to such long-standing Connecticut Humanities programs as Connecticut Center for the Book , ConnecticutHistory.org, Book Voyagers, Teach It, and other humanities-based and professional development programs for people of all ages.
In addition, the loss of line-item funding eliminates the support CTH provides to many partner organizations, including Connecticut Explored magazine, Connecticut History Day, and the Connecticut League of History Organizations.
What Can You Do? Write Your Legislators!
Advocacy is an ongoing activity and we can still communicate the value of the state’s humanities community to the governor, state representatives and senators. If you have not already done so, please consider writing a letter. Our advocacy page offers tips on how to do this, as well as other actions you can take today.
Not sure what to say? A simple message (such as the one below) is all that is required.
Dear (Senator/Representative) XXX:
I am writing to you today to ask you to restore state funding to Connecticut Humanities in the amount of $1.73 million dollars because [insert your personalized story here of why CTH is important, how it helps you, how it helps your organization, or how it helps your community].
Please cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who have written the governor or your state lawmakers on our behalf—THANK YOU!—and please continue to make your views known over the next month—timing is critical! We appreciate your ongoing support for the humanities and the many ways they enrich our lives.
Support the National Endowment for the Humanities
As one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils across the United States, Connecticut Humanities also receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities which largely covers our operating expenses. This support is also under threat from cuts to the federal budget. Your voice really can make a difference! Federal investment in NEH costs less than the price of a stamp per American per year. Its value? We think it is priceless. If you agree, please consider adding your voice of support to NEH as well. (https://www.neh.gov/neh-matters)
What you can do to help today:
1) Subscribe to Connecticut Humanities’ e-Newsletter: Stay up to date with the latest developments on what’s happening at Connecticut Humanities, including advocacy updates about our state funding situation, and learn how you can help us moving forward.
3) Make a donation: generous contributions from individual donors such as you help us provide programs such as Book Voyagers, StEPs-CT, ConnecticutHistory.org, Center for the Book and so much more.
On behalf of all of us at Connecticut Humanities, THANK YOU for your help.