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About Environmental Grants

We strive to foster a greater region-wide understanding of – and to promote action on – the relationship between the health of our natural world and the health and well-being of our residents. For 2020, the Foundation will consider environmental grants that benefit any of the 42 towns in our region.


Priority will be given to programs that:

  • preserve and protect environmentally significant lands, waterways and wildlife habitats – for the benefit not only of the ecosystem, but for the health, livelihood and enjoyment of local residents;
  • engage youth in educational environmental activities in natural settings, to help them become good stewards of the environment; and
  • make positive connections between people’s mental and physical health, and their exposure to the natural world.
  • focus on environmental justice: the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens and meaningful participation of all communities in environmental decision-making.

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;
  • seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
  • incorporate the voices of clients, consumers and youth in planning;
  • 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;
  • a limited number of public policy and general operating grants, made by invitation only;
  • capacity-building grants (please call to discuss);
  • a limited number of multiyear grants if the applicant can demonstrate impact.
    (Note: a new 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 $10,000-50,000.

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 1, 2019.
  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, January 13, 2020.
  • Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.

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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