The Collections Assessment Grant Program (CAG) provides small and mid-sized museums with a free assessment of their museum or archive collections. Successful grant applicants will receive a half-day site visit from a museum curator or archivist who will examines collections on exhibit, in storage, and policies and procedures related to collection care and management and provide a written report. Every assessment report will include a prioritized list of recommendations for improving the care and management of collections. These recommendations are intended to help institutions decide where to invest limited resources, alert board members to collections care concerns, provide documentation that can support development of a long-range collection/preservation plan, and be used to fundraise for collection projects.
Priority will be given to institutions with budgets under $50,000. Institutions with a budget not exceeding $250,000 are eligible to apply.
Before applying, organizations must contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Director of Conservation ConneCTion, at CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov to discuss your project idea. We are eager to help you submit a strong application and are available to review draft applications received at least two weeks before the grant deadline.
Please read the Grant Guidelines before applying.
Log in to the CT Humanities grant portal, click “Apply” and find the Collections Assessment Grant, then click “Apply” to apply to this grant. This will allow you to save your application and return to the continue working on it.
Grants are due 11:59 pm, May 19, 2023.
Learn more about the Collections Assessment Grant by watching the recording of the info session.
East Lyme Historical Society – Archives
Ellington Historical Society – Archives
Franklin Historical Society – Museum
Friends of Valley Falls – Museum
Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown – Archives
Hamden Historical Society – Archives
Hebron Historical Society – Archives
Hicks-Stearns Museum, Tolland – Museum
Housatonic Community College Foundation, Bridgeport – Museum
Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven – Archives
Killingworth Historical Society – Museum
Madison Historical Society – Museum
Middlebury Historical Society – Museum
Middlefield Historical Society – Archives
Milford Historical Society – Museum
New Britain Industrial Museum – Archives
New Fairfield Historical Society – Museum
Newtown Historical Society – Museum
Putnam Elms, Brooklyn – Museum
Rocky Hill Historical Society – Museum
Sharon Historical Society – Museum
The Greater Middletown Military Museum – Archives
The University of Bridgeport – Archives
Town of Columbia – Archives
Waterford Historical Society – Museum
Nicole Besseghir, Project Coordinator, Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project
Barbara Bradbury-Pape, Museum Consultant
Alyse Hennig, Archives Consultant
Diane Lee, Collections Manager, Fairfield Museum & History Center/CTCo Project Coordinator
Rich Malley, Museum Consultant