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New London Landmarks, others earn grant funding

New London Landmarks is among a host of organizations to benefit from a portion of the $16 million being provided by Connecticut Humanities, the statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Connecticut Humanities is providing general operating support grants to 624 organizations in the state, including museums, cultural, humanities and arts organizations, to maintain and grow their ability to serve their communities and the public, connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content, and improve their information technology and digital infrastructure.

New London Landmarks is a nonprofit that works to preserve and promote the city's historical buildings through education and advocacy. It was awarded $10,100 from the grant program. It will receive an additional $2,724 grant from the Connecticut Humanities' Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Capacity Grant.

“These grants will have a huge impact on our ability to serve our community,” New London Landmarks’ Executive Director Laura Natusch said. “We have some ambitious programs planned for 2022, including a documentary film on New London’s LGBTQ history, a lecture on New London architect Dudley Saint Clair Donnelly, and a lecture on Shepherd’s Tent and the Great Awakening. Normally we’d have to charge for these programs, but with the (grant) funding we’ll be able to offer all of our 2022 programs for free.”

The grants are part of $30.7 million in support allocated to Connecticut Humanities over the next two years by the state's General Assembly and approved by Gov. Ned Lamont. Connecticut Humanities partnered with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to administer the Connecticut Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants program.

For a full list of recipients, visit cthumanities.org.

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