Forms & PR Guidelines
For Non-Profits

The Community Foundation is accepting funding applications for the 2017-2018 Competitive Grant Application Cycle.

Organizations considering applying to the Community Foundation should review the information provided in the Grant Making Timeline section of our website.

Organizations are encouraged to read fully the Application Instructions before completing the competitive application. Applications must be submitted in hard copy (one (1) original and sixteen (16) copies) to the Community Foundation no later than Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

If you have questions about the application form, the process, or difficulty accessing the documents below, please contact Thayer Talbott at 860.347.0025 or

Note: New this year, organizations are required to use the CFMC Project Budget form provided with the application materials. The form is a Word document, and if necessary, organizations may add additional rows to the tables within the document.

Listed below are the instructions, application, and project budget form for the CFMC Competitive Application Process. Do not complete the application on our website — save it to your computer.

  • 2017 Application Instructions
  • 2017-2018 CFMC Competitive Grant Application Form
  • CFMC 2017 Program Budget Form (MS Word)

Organizations which are not tax exempt entities at the time of application must have a Fiduciary Agent in order to submit an application. If your organization requires a tax exempt Fiduciary Agent, please contact Thayer Talbott at 860.347.0025, for more information and to obtain the Fiduciary Agent form. Your Fiduciary Agent must complete and sign the form, and one (1) signed original must be submitted with your application.


The current Application Cycle Information Sessions PowerPoint slide deck and grant application tips document are available:


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 2017 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 1,815 grants totaling more than $5.4 million for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements and for health and human services.”


“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 1,815 grants totaling more than $5.4 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 860.347.0025 or”

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 by email of your program for our files and possible use in our annual report and newsletters.

Logos for Grantee Use


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

Evaluation Forms

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



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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