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 Fund Grants

About Our Women & Girls Fund Grants

2017 grant applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 2, 2017.

We are committed to helping women and girls 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 $3.6 million and have awarded $1.7 million in grants to almost 400 organizations.

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.

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

P: 860.442.3572
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F: 860.442.0584 (fax)
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