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Coming Soon - Community Grants

To respond to local community needs throughout the 64 towns we serve, the Foundation considers requests for up to $5,000 in the areas of Education, Human Services, and Arts and Culture.    

What We Fund

This program is designed to provide meaningful support as a percentage of the specific budget for which funds are requested. Requests for funding should not represent the lead or primary funding source for the program or project.

  • Awards will range from $250 - $5,000. Awards may be made for less than the amount requested
  • After three consecutive years of funding, an agency must take a one-year hiatus before reapplying. Renewals are never automatic.
  • Only one request will be considered per agency in a calendar year.
  • Agencies that have been awarded a program grant or after school grant in the current or prior calendar year may not apply.
  • Grants are primarily awarded for direct service and should not include capital perchanses such as computers or space renovations. Select requests for essential captial equipment may be considered - call the Foundation before submitting any capital request.

    In order to apply:

  • Organization must be tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3)
  • With very few expectations we do not fund:

  • General operating support or unrestricted grants
  • Primary or secondary schools - public, private independent, or parochial - or colleges and universities
  • Funding to replace municipal, state or federal funding
  • If your request is for any of the above purposes, we strongly encourage you to call the Foundation before submitting a proposal.

    Ineligible for funding:

  • Political advocacy and lobbying
  • Religious institutions, except for non-sectarian activities that benefit the community at-large
  • Annual campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Travel (e.g. sports teams, field trips)
  • Event sponsorships (e.g. golf, galas)
  • Private Foundations
  • Also, because the Foundation operates a large college scholarship program (see Scholarships) it does not provide funding for scholarship programs operated by schools or other nonprofit organizations.

    2019 Deadlines:

    February 1, 2019 for March decision

    November 1, 2019 for December decision

    Online Application

    The online application may be used for Community Grants only. Applications may be submitted at any time. After your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation which will notify you when your request will be reviewed. Requests are reviewed twice a year, see deadlines above.

    Confidentiality

    The Foundation does not consider proposals received to constitute confidential information. We may discuss grant inquiries with other funders, individuals identified within the proposal, outside experts, and other appropriate people in the community. Information you consider to be confidential or proprietary should not be included in your proposal.

    Once avaliable, the Community Grants Application will be avaliable here.