Apply for a Grant

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.

Women & Girls Grants

About Our Women & Girls Fund Grants

2018 grant applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 1, 2018.

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 the equity and wellbeing of women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut through grants, advocacy and action. 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 equityPlease 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 $4 million and have awarded $1.8 million in grants to almost 400 organizations.

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

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.

Letters of Intent (LOI's) for Norwich Youth and Southeast General grants will be posted on the website in September 2017. Due date for LOI submission is November 1, 2017.

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.

Letters of Intent (LOI's) for Environmental and Animal Welfare grants will be posted on the website in September 2017. Due date for LOI submission is November 1, 2017.

  • Environmental: Full Proposal Deadline by 5 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018
    (once LOI has been approved)
  • Animal Welfare: Full Proposal Deadline by 5 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018
    (once LOI has been approved)

Recent Recipients

Read more about Recent Grantees

Thriving Community Conversations: Mini-Grants

If you attended one of these conversations and 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. Contact Jennifer O'Brien at for eligibility.

Mini-Grant Application

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F: 860.442.0584 (fax)
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