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Our Grantmaking Priorities

The grants we make annually through the competitive process reflect the pursuit of a collective vision - together with generous partners - of a healthy, thriving, sustainable Eastern Connecticut.

The Community Foundation is dedicated to integrating the values of equity and social justice into our grantmaking and community initiatives. Currently, our board is undergoing a listening, learning and planning process to encourage work that eliminates inequities and racism in our region. The Community Foundation will be engaging the voices of constituents in this process, including youth voices, for our priority grantmaking areas: Basic Needs & Rights, Youth Empowerment, Environmental Conservation and Education, and Animal Welfare.

Note: The Community Foundation will prioritize funding for programs which seek to eliminate racial and economic disparities in our region. The Community Foundation also seeks to fund organizations which engage clients and end-users of services in program planning and improvements so that the voices of constituents of color and others are represented. Examples would include youth-led social change and environmental justice programs. 

Priority will be given to programs and initiatives that:

Empower Youth

We strive to ensure that our youth live in a safe and supportive environment, and have access to high quality, emotionally, intellectually, culturally and environmentally rich learning opportunities.  

Priority given to programs that:

  • 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

Promote Basic Needs & Rights

We strive to  ensure that the region’s residents have access to social and health services, healthy nutrition, stable housing, job training and education, and arts and culture.

Priority given to programs that:

  • 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

Preserve the Environment

We strive to foster understanding of and promote action on the relationship between the health of the natural world and the health and well-being of our residents.

Priority given to programs that (we will choose specific goals and indicators with funding partners):

  • Preserve and protect environmentally significant land, waterways and wildlife habitats for the benefit of the ecosystem and for the well-being, health, livelihood and enjoyment of residents
  • Engage youth in environmental education and activities in natural settings as they learn to become good stewards of their environment
  • Make the connection between mental and physical health and exposure to the natural world

Advance Animal Welfare

We strive to ensure adequate protection, care and humane treatment of animals and wildlife.

Priority given to programs that:
  • Provide assistance for veterinary care for domestic animals and/or wildlife, especially spay and neuter services
  • Encourage responsible pet ownership and adoptions of abandoned animals
  • Rehabilitate wildlife for return to natural habitats
  • Make positive connections between humans and animals (i.e. therapeutic riding programs, canine literacy buddies, inmate rehabilitation, etc.)
Information on how to Apply for a Grant

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