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We aim to make our grant application process as streamlined as possible.

General Eligibility Criteria

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 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. We do not make grants to individuals or to for-profit endeavors.
  • Applicants 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. 
  • Grant reports must be received before a new grant award is made.
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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.

New Online Grants Center:

Our new Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and to start, save, edit and submit applications. 

Note: Before logging on to create an application, familiarize yourself with the new process at the "Online Grants Center" link above.

We encourage all applicants to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New applicant organizations are required to contact us before beginning an application.

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. The Mary Janvrin & Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals & Nature was established in 2017 and emphasizes the preservation of the natural environment and habitat for birds and other animals.

New Online Grants Center:

Our new Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and start, save, edit and submit applications. 

Note: Before logging on to create an application, familiarize yourself with the new process at the "Online Grants Center" link above.

We encourage all applicants to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New applicant organizations are required to contact us before beginning an application.

Women & Girls Funds Grants

About Our Women & Girls Fund Grants

Applications are now open.

Generous gifts and bequests from caring donors have created four permanent endowment funds serving the Northeast, Norwich, Southeast and Windham areas. Together, we are advancing equal opportunities for women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut through grants, advocacy and action. 

As we enter into the 2020 grantmaking cycle for the Women & Girls Funds, we are taking steps to incorporate a purposeful lens of equity and social justice. At this critical moment in the history of the United States, the Community Foundation has made a commitment to work harder towards our vision of a healthy, thriving, sustainable Eastern Connecticut with greater equity for all. This work includes an intentional focus on grantmaking and supporting organizations that engage in advocacy and systems change work. Please make time to watch the brief video for more details about our 2020 Women & Girls Funds grant cycle. There will be an information session in the coming weeks. Details to follow.

Our grantmaking priorities reflect the challenges identified in The Status of Women and Girls in Eastern Connecticut:

  • Empower women and girls to make positive decisionsExamples include mentoring, leadership, career exposure, character development.
  • Promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violenceExamples include teen dating violence prevention education, domestic violence shelters and transitional housing, victim advocacy.
  • Advance family economic securityExamples include training for jobs and career advancement, programs to overcome barriers to financial security, and other supports for low-income women.
  • Support access to women’s health, mental health and reproductive health servicesExamples include counseling, health education, health care access.
  • Support public policy, advocacy and leadership to promote equity – Examples include statewide policy groups, training programs for grass-roots organizations. Please call the program staff to discuss your ideas.
  • Help New London women, ages 62 and older, with limited incomes to remain in their homes (Southeast only)Examples include meal delivery, nursing services.

Collectively, the four Women & Girls Funds have an endowment of over $5 million and have awarded more than $2.18 million in grants to over 490 programs.

New Online Grants Center:

Our new Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and to start, save, edit and submit applications. 

Note: Before logging on to create an application, familiarize yourself with the new process at the "Online Grants Center" link above.

We encourage all applicants to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application. New organizations are required to contact us before beginning an application.

For more information about each fund, and to apply for a Women & Girls Fund grant:

 
 

Neighbors for Neighbors Fund Grants

Neighbors for Neighbors Fund: Request for Proposal 

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut established the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is jointly administered with the United Ways of Southeastern Connecticut and Central and Northeastern Connecticut to address critical gaps in services during this time.

The Fund is designed to be flexible and nimble in supporting the work of nonprofits and others in meeting the basic needs of residents of Eastern Connecticut. It is intended to complement federal, state, and municipal government relief efforts to identify and fill gaps, and to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as effectively and efficiently as possible. 

More Information and Apply


 

Recent Recipients

Read more about Recent Grantees

Mini-Grants

Note: Due to the current pandemic and our primary focus on addressing the basic needs and rights of those in our community, we are currently not accepting civic engagement mini-grant applications. 
 

Civic Engagement: Mini-Grants

Civic Engagement Mini-Grants

Alexis de Tocqueville said in Democracy in America that “the health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

We at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut believe that an informed and engaged citizenry is an essential ingredient of a healthy democracy. Through our initiatives, we hope to create an inclusive table and invite all voices to participate, especially those from communities of color and our youth. Our civic engagement grants are intended to support initiatives that share these inclusive values and will further the depth of understanding and likelihood of participation in civic life in the community. 
 

Our commitment to civic engagement seeks to impact the lives and well-being of residents throughout the region. Mini-grants of up to $1,000 are available to support efforts to build and strengthen our communities towards a just and civil society. Contact Deb Battit at deb@cfect.org for eligibility.

 

Civic Engagement Grant Application

Click here for examples of the range of civic engagement activities from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement).

Note: Grants may not be requested for event sponsorship, staff training or general program support. Additionally, they cannot be used to endorse or denounce a political party or candidate, or to withhold or refuse Information or other assistance based on support for or opposition to particular candidates, parties, or policy/platform positions.

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The Community Foundation is taking steps to incorporate a purposeful lens of equity and social justice into our grantmaking, advocacy and systems change work. Please watch our Women & Girls Funds Grantmaking Information Session to find out more.

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