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The 2023-2024 Competitive Application Process for Calendar Year 2024 Funding is Closed.

CFMC will offer two (2) application opportunities in the 2023-2024 competitive process. We will accept requests for calendar year 2024 funding during two (2) application cycles.

Organizations considering an application must attend one (1) of the two (2) information sessions. Information sessions are offered via Zoom and registration links will be posted here and on the event calendar.

If your organization missed the information session, please contact Thayer Talbott at Thayer@MiddlesexCountyCF.org or 860.347.0025 for more information.

We have made some changes to the types of applications available in each cycle. Please read carefully the information included here as well as on the Guidelines and Grant Timeline pages.

2023-2024 Application Cycles

  • Fall 2023 (submission deadline Sept 28, 2023)
  • Spring 2024 (submission deadline Mar 7, 2024)

2023-2024 Information Sessions

  • January 31, 2024
  • February 1, 2024

Register for Information Sessions via the linked dates above or by sending an email – please include your name, organization, and email address.

When to Apply

Fall 2023 Cycle – Request Type

    • General Operating Support for 501 (c) 3 organizations
    • Programs or Projects serving a broad group, demographic, or region within any of our areas of need/impact as listed below
    • Requests to all Field of Interest Funds, including the:
      • Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals, and Nature (Janvrin Fund)
      • Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls (including programs serving women, girls, and individuals identifying as female)
      • St. Luke’s Home Fund (programs serving veterans and seniors)
      • Animals: Respect & Friendship Fund (ARF!)
      • Killingworth Community Fund
      • Deep River Cares Fund

Spring 2024 Cycle – Request Type

  • General Operating Support for 501 (c) 3 organizations
  • Programs or Projects serving a broad group, demographic, or region within any of our areas of need/impact as listed below
  • Requests to all Field of Interest Funds, including the:
    • Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals, and Nature (Janvrin Fund)
    • Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls (including programs serving women, girls, and individuals identifying as female)
    • St. Luke’s Home Fund (programs serving veterans and seniors)
    • Animals: Respect & Friendship Fund (ARF!)
    • Killingworth Community Fund
    • Deep River Cares Fund

Important Information About Grants

  • Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental agencies serving the various communities of Middlesex County.
  • Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide positive impact on the community within the areas of need/impact identified below and will be a minimum of $500.
  • Grant awards cannot be used retroactively to pay costs for programs or services that have occurred in the past.
  • Applications from previous grantees are welcome; continued funding will be considered, but is not guaranteed.

What the Community Foundation Funds

The Community Foundation is particularly looking for grants that add value to, and have a positive impact on, the health and vitality of the Middlesex County community. Grant applications should address a need within the interest areas and demonstrate impact on the organization, project, community or persons served.

The Community Foundation seeks applications for projects that possess some of the following elements:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Recognize and build on a community’s or organization’s strengths and assets;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and/or programs that help individuals to help themselves;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other funding resources, such as matching gifts; and
  • Build infrastructure within the organization in order to meet its mission.

What will NOT be Considered

Normally, the Foundation will not award grants to:

  • Organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identification, political affiliation, or religious belief;
  • Programs or materials that would normally be included in the regular operating budget for schools;
  • Municipal/government agencies for programs or materials that would normally be part of their regular operating budget;
  • Fund debt reduction or debt retirement;
  • Capital Improvement Projects and Building Programs;
  • Endowments, reserve funds, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives;
  • Fundraising event sponsorships or creation of fundraising event collateral materials;
  • Religious or political purposes;
  • For the purpose of re-granting;
  • Activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available (in general, no retroactive funding);
  • Staff positions for which long-term funding has not been established or planned; or
  • Individuals.

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Areas of Need / Impact

Areas of Need/Impact have been established by donors and the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Grants are available across the various areas which include:

  • Community Enrichment (Arts / Culture / History)
  • Community Health (Health / Medical / Hospital Care)
  • Economic Security / Economic Opportunity
  • Economic Development
  • Education (Community Wide / Schools)
  • Environment/Animal Welfare and Protection
  • Public / Social Benefit (Civic Improvement/Social Service)
  • Recreation
  • Women and Girls
  • At-risk Boys & Young Men
  • Seniors and Veterans

Fields of Interest

Animal / Human Resources & Welfare

Grants to this focus area provide for the needs (food, health and shelter), services (training, rescue and adoption) and educational programs provided by organizations dedicated to helping animals and their human friends.

At-Risk Boys and Young Men

Established in 2013, the At-Risk Boys Fund’s mission is to provide grants for programs that help young men and boys reach their full potential. The Foundation’s At-Risk Boys Fund Grants Committee is interested in programs which focus on prevention, education, self-respect and self-confidence, skill development, and enhance positive work and life experiences.

Deep River Cares Fund

Supporting nonprofit and other qualified organizations serving Deep River and the surrounding area through multiple resources, including grants, to help those organizations – and our friends and neighbors – thrive and prosper.

Killingworth Community Fund

Provides support to organizations and programs serving the residents of Killingworth.

Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals and Nature

This fund is interested in programs and projects that preserve, protect, and steward land, waterways, and wildlife habitats for the benefit of the county’s ecosystem, the habitats for birds and other wildlife, and the well-being and enjoyment of our residents. Grants are not restricted to solely “traditional environmental organizations” and projects. The Fund Committee is interested in creative, out-of-the-box approaches to programs and services as well as collaborations that meet the eligibility criteria.

River Valley Fund for Families

Benefits children and families in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline areas facing challenges that impact their daily lives and future. Grants will support nonprofit organizations in the areas of health services, educational services, and social services.

St. Luke’s Home Fund for Veterans & Seniors

The St. Luke’s Home Fund was established to carry on the mission of the St. Luke’s Home organization. The Fund is interested in supporting a broad array of services and programs for veterans and older adults.

Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls

The Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls seeks proposals that empower women and girls to be self reliant and to reach their potential. Programs should be models in providing meaningful opportunities and services to women and girls as well as ensuring women and girls have access to the basic essentials for a better life.