Forms & PR Guidelines
For Non-Profits

The Community Foundation will open its annual competitive application cycle August 11, 2020.

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.

Nonprofit organizations considering an application are strongly encouraged to attend one of the virtual Zoom meetings to be held on August 13 and August 18.

Application Information Sessions: August 13 at 9:00 a.m. and August 18 at 4:00 p.m. If unable to attend, a recording will be made available after August 18. Anyone interested in attending a virtual session or in receiving a link to the recording must register.

Click HERE To Register for the Information Sessions 

Access to the FAQ and the competitive application will be available here on August 11, 2020.

If you have questions about our grants cycle and process or would like to receive future updates regarding our funding opportunities, please contact Thayer Talbott, Vice President, Programs & Operations, at 860.347.0025 or Thayer@MiddlesexCountyCF.org.


Grantee Communications Kit

Congratulations on your award. Your grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) reflects on your hard work and dedication, and the news should be shared with your community. The downloadable 2020 CFMC Grantee Communications Kit provides guidance on the best ways to broadcast your achievements and outlines the Community Foundation’s expectations about spreading the word about your grant project.


Community Foundation Credit for News Releases

Please use the wording below when submitting News Releases…

“The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of the County, now and in the future, by developing endowments, making grants that have impact and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has awarded 2,768 grants totaling more than $7.5 million for animal welfare, arts and culture, health and social services, education, history, the environment, civic improvements, recreation, and economic security and opportunity.”

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“Community Foundation of Middlesex County represents local people, giving locally to make an impact on the lives of others – not just for today, but forever. The Community Foundation works with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds. These funds support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making to address community needs.

Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has provided 2,768 grants totaling more than $7.5 million to organizations for animal welfare, arts and culture, health and social services, education, history, the environment, civic improvements, recreation, and economic security and opportunity. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 860.347.0025 or info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org.”

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“The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) is a community resource, working to enrich the quality of life for everyone today – and forever. We are committed to serving our community in three ways: with donors as partners for giving and a resource for information about local needs; with nonprofit organizations as a source of grants and technical assistance; and with the community at large as a force committed to helping our communities thrive over the long term. CFMC has awarded grants totaling more than $7.5 million for animal welfare, arts and culture, health and social services, education, history, the environment, civic improvements, recreation, and economic security and opportunity. To learn more, call 860.347.0025 or visit MiddlesexCountyCF.org.”

Announcements regarding grant funding can be found in the grant award letter received by the organization. Examples of references to grant funding include:

“The XYZ Organization is pleased to announce it has received a $#,### grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. This grant is made possible, in part, through the XXX Fund. The XYZ Organization will use these funds to support the ABC Program …”

When talking about the grant, or in writing, or on a website, it should be stated that the program is

“The ABC Program is funded (or funded in part) through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/XXX Fund.”

We would appreciate any copies of newspaper articles or announcements in which you have acknowledged support from our Community Foundation. We would also love to receive quality photographs and videos by email of your program for our files and possible use in our annual report and newsletters.


Logos for Grantee Use

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CFMC logo is to be used in its entirety. CFMC logo shall not be cropped, recolored or altered in any manner. Requests for alternative uses of the CFMC logo shall be directed to Thayer Talbott at 860.347.0025 ext. 203 or Thayer@MiddlesexCountyCF.org.


Evaluation Forms

Nonprofits considering submitting an application in the current competitive grant cycle need to ensure all prior grant evaluations have been submitted.

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Questions?

If you are unsure of your grant evaluation status or if your program or project is incomplete and you have questions regarding your grant evaluation, email or call Thayer Talbott, Vice President, Programs & Operations, at 860.347.0025 ext. 203.

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