Guidelines
Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Competitive Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and 170(c)(1) governmental units serving Middlesex County towns. Grant proposals should address a need within identified Focus Areas and demonstrate a positive impact on the organization, project, community or persons served.

While some variation is possible because of funds available for grant making, the Focus and Impact Areas for past grants have included:

  • Arts
  • Animal Welfare & Services
  • Education
  • The Environment
  • Heritage Enhancement
  • Human Services
  • Neighborhood Enhancement
  • Safer Communities
  • Women and Girls
  • At-risk Boys & Young Men

Community Foundation grants typically range from a minimum of $500 to a high of $5,000, with the majority of grants in the $1,500 to $3,500 range. The Foundation does not explicitly prohibit previous grant recipients from applying for the same program in the current funding cycle; subsequent funding will be considered by the Grants Committee, but is not guaranteed.

Funding Priorities

The Community Foundation gives priority to grant proposals that:

  • Address a documented need or concern of the focus area;
  • Build the capacity of community organizations and individuals to help themselves over the long term;
  • Foster cooperative approaches to community issues through collaborations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility;
  • Serve as a catalyst for attracting other resources.

Normally, the Foundation will not award grants to endowment, capital campaigns, building programs nor to fund debt reduction or lobbying. Grants will not be made to individuals or to political organizations and campaigns.

Connecticut Mission of Mercy Two Day Free Dental Clinic

Connecticut Mission of Mercy Two Day Free Dental Clinic

Grant Evaluations

A grant evaluation form must be submitted for all competitive grants awarded. Nonprofits considering submitting an application for the current grant cycle need to insure all prior grant evaluations have been submitted. Forms are available online.

The Competitive Grant Application Cycle opens annually in July and applications are due mid-September. Grant Applications will be available under Forms & PR Guidelines.

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.

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