In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the continuing changing environment in our community, the Community Foundation has reviewed the process and guidelines for the annual competitive cycle. The cycle will follow the usual process; however, the criteria and application considerations have been adapted to address current issues faced by our nonprofit community.
- Application Information Sessions: Two virtual live sessions on August 13 and August 18. The Recorded Session is available HERE and PowerPoint Slides are available HERE.
- Application Materials are available on the Grants Program Page
- Applications due – September 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
- Grant Award Announcements – final week of December 2020 and the first week of January 2021
Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to Thayer Talbott, Vice President, Programs & Operations.
- 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 by the Grants Committee, but is not guaranteed.
- The Community Foundation instituted a “three-year-grant/one-year-off” requirement beginning with grants awarded during the 2009-2010 Competitive Grants Cycle; agencies receiving grant awards for three consecutive years may not apply to the competitive cycle for one year.
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.
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;
- 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
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:
Areas of Need / Impact
- 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)
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.
- Women and Girls: The Foundation’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls Grants Committee is seeking 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.