Bill Memorial Library Receives CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities

Groton, Conn. – Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded the Bill Memorial Library in Groton a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG). 

These funds will be used to catalog and preserve the library’s genealogical and museum collection, upgrade and expand its digital infrastructure, and help to purchase additional equipment for the library’s virtual programming. With the pandemic, much of the library’s programming is done virtually.  
“The Bill Memorial Library is exceedingly grateful for this award, which will allow us to better meet the needs of our patrons,” says Wendy Connal, Bill Memorial’s director.

Bill Memorial Library was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that received CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16 million from CT Humanities. These grants are part of $30.7 million in support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CT Humanities over the next two years by the Connecticut General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

This grant was administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.

About Bill Memorial Library
The Bill Memorial Library is located at 240 Monument Street in Groton City, near the Groton Monument and Fort Griswold. The library turned 130 years old in 2020 and has an extensive collection of books and media for children, teens and adults, including downloadable e-books and audiobooks. Visit our website at www.BillMemorial.org, find us on Facebook at Bill Memorial Library, or follow us on Instagram @billmemoriallibrarygroton.

About Connecticut Humanities
CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

About Connecticut Office of the Arts 
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.