The Community Foundation performed a comprehensive review of its competitive grant making process during the first six months of 2018. While the Community Foundation remains committed to supporting programs and services across a broad array of focus areas and categories, certain guidelines and application requirements have changed.
Any organization considering the submission of an application in the competitive cycle must attend an information session.
2018-2019 Competitive Grant Application Cycle:
NEW REQUIREMENT for the 2018-19 Cycle – organizations submitting an application MUST attend an information session.
- Grant Information Sessions – July 19 – 5:00 p.m., at Essex Library, Essex; July 24 – 9:00 a.m. at the deKoven House, Middletown; and August 16 – 9:00 a.m. at the deKoven House, Middletown. A final session will be held August 30, 6:00 PM at the Community Foundation (seating is limited). To register for a session, click the session date or see our web calendar.
- Application Materials will be available July 23 on the Forms & Guidelines Page
- Applications due – September 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the CFMC offices.
- Grant Award Announcements – December 28, 2018
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.