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: