About Southeast General Grants

Through donor funds with this geographic focus, these grants are designed to benefit the residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford. Grants generally be awarded to support programs directed toward two of our community impact priority areas. 

Priority is given to programs that empower youth:

  • enhance quality early childhood education and intervention services;
  • support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and caring adults;
  • support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth;
  • enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts and culture, especially those that use experiential learning;
  • support post-secondary education access and job readiness.

And to programs that promote basic needs and rights:

  • promote individual and family economic  security;
  • increase food security and access to nutritious food;
  • decrease homelessness through programs that promote diversion and intervention;
  • improve access to healthcare and human services;
  • promote healthy relationships and address domestic violence;
  • utilize arts and culture experiences to educate and improve overall quality of life.

What We Will Fund

These grants must be for the benefit of residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington and Waterford.

Preference is given to programs that:

  • are collaborative in nature;
  • are regional in scope;
  • are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • serve lower-income communities;
  • 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;
  • grants for nonprofit capacity-building or public policy work.*
  • grants for multiyear programs if the applicant can demonstrate need.

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $5,000 to $30,000. Most awards are in the $10,000-15,000 range.

Please review our General Eligibility Criteria for Grants

* We recommend that grant seekers begin by contacting Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director, especially if seeking capacity-building or public policy support. You can reach her at JennOB@cfect.org or 860-442-3572.

Deadlines and Notifications

  • LOI applications are due by 5pm on November 1, 2017. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision regarding whether or not to invite a full proposal for 2017 funding in late December.
  • Full proposals are due by 5pm on Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by April 2018.

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