Best Video awarded $25,800 Operating Support Grant from CT Cultural Fund

Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded Best Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC) a $25,800 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG).

BVFCC will apply the funds to bolstering the organization’s film screening programming by covering licensing and honoraria costs. Additionally, Best Video is looking into using the money to upgrade its online presence and digital infrastructure and developing a filmmaking educational program for young people.

“Best Video Film & Cultural Center exists to bring people, film, and music together. The support of CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts will be of tremendous importance in helping us to fulfill our mission,” says BVFCC Executive Director Hank Hoffman. “As an organization that has thrived by presenting in-person events—as well as maintaining a browsable archive of movies on physical media—we have felt the impact of the pandemic deeply. But grants such as the operating support grant of the CT Cultural Fund are a lifeline that enables us to continue and extend our work, which resonates with the community and brings joy and uplift to thousands of people.”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT 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 (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.