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About Animal Welfare Grants

We strive to ensure that our region provides for the adequate protection, care and humane treatment of animals and wildlife. For 2021, the Foundation will consider animal welfare grants that benefit any of the 42 towns in our region.

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • provide support of veterinary care for domestic animals, including spay and neuter services, for low-income families and abandoned pets;
  • encourage responsible pet ownership and the adoption of abandoned animals;
  • support of healthy wildlife as well as their natural habitats; and 
  • make positive, therapeutic connections between people and animals.

What We Will Fund

These grants must be for the benefit of the residents of the 42 towns in our region, which includes the towns of Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock.

Preference is given to programs that are:

  • collaborative in nature;
  • regional in scope;
  • promote systems change;
  • rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • serve lower-income communities;
  • serve at-risk animals;
  • include specific, measurable outcomes; and
  • affect positive change over the long term.
We will also consider:
  • grants for existing programs, new initiatives or special projects;
  • public policy and general operating grants;
  • capacity-building grants (please call to discuss);
  • a limited number of multiyear grants (please call to discuss in advance of submission).
    Note: Our policy for three-year grants requires taking a fourth year off from funding.

Contact Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director, at or 860-442-3572 with questions or to discuss a proposal.

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $5,000 to $35,000.

Please review our General Eligibility Criteria for Grants

Deadlines and Notifications

  • The link to the grant application will be available on our website by November 13, 2020.
  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
  • Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

If you are new to the Foundation or are applying for a new program:

You should contact the Community Foundation for feedback on your proposal. Please call Jennifer O'Brien at 860.442.3572 to discuss your idea or submit a letter of intent to which summarizes your request in no more than two pages.


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