Apply for a Grant

We aim to make our process for submitting a grant application as streamlined as possible. We welcome true partnership with our nonprofit and other partners as we work together toward a healthy, thriving, sustainable Eastern Connecticut.     

General Eligibility Criteria for Grants

Please be sure to view the specific criteria and deadline for each of our grant programs. Here are some general eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicants generally must be a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partnering with a nonprofit fiscal agent. We do not make grants to individuals or to for-profit endeavors.
  • Applicant must serve one or more of the 42 communities in Eastern Connecticut.
  • We do not provide funding for capital or endowment campaigns, litigation costs, religious programming, endowment campaigns, deficit funding or debt retirement.  We do not typically make grants for special events. 
  • Applicants may not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, marital status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state and/or local laws. 

Women & Girls Fund Grants

About Our Women & Girls Fund Grants

2017 grant cycle information will be available by June 30, 2017

We are committed to helping women of all ages in Eastern Connecticut lead more fulfilling, productive, healthy lives. Generous gifts and bequests from caring donors have created four permanent endowment funds serving the Northeast, Norwich, Southeast and Windham areas. Each Women & Girls Fund awards grants to programs and projects that:
  • Empower women and girls to make positive decisions
  • Promote healthy relationships and reduce domestic violence
  • Advance family economic security and help women enter/re-enter the workforce
  • Help New London women, ages 62 and older, with limited incomes to remain in their homes (Southeast only)

Collectively, the four Women & Girls Funds have an endowment of over $3.2 million and have awarded $1.45 million in grants to more than 300 organizations.

  • Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund: Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson and Woodstock. Recent Grantees
  • Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund: Norwich, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague and Voluntown. Recent Grantees
  • Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund: East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford. Recent Grantees
  • Windham Area Women & Girls Fund: Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Mansfield, Scotland, Stafford, Union, Willington and Windham/Willimantic. Recent Grantees

Regional Impact Grants

About Our Regional Impact Grants

Our regional grant opportunities are based on donor intent and link with our strategic priorities. Each is focused on a particular geographic area.

Environmental/Animal Welfare Grants

About Environmental and Animal Welfare Grants

The Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment was established in 2014 to benefit environmental education and conservation, as well as domestic animals and wildlife, in New London County.

Recent Recipients

Read more about Recent Grantees

Thriving Community Conversations: Mini-Grants

If you would like to continue the conversation of one of our "Thriving Community Conversations," the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut is offering Mini-Grants to support this effort.

Mini-Grant Application

P: 860.442.3572
P: 1.877.442.3572 (toll free)
F: 860.442.0584 (fax)
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