Connecticut Community Foundation fosters creative partnerships that build rewarding lives and thriving communities in 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. In 2016, the Foundation awarded 471 grants totaling $2.4 million in grants to 282 nonprofit organizations in our region that are addressing the most pressing challenges and opportunities in our region—and making lives better.
Grants, available to nonprofit organizations in our 21-town region, emphasize these ten impact areas:
Additional Grant Funding Initiatives
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
Must be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes.
Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
Located within and/or providing services to residents of our 21-town service area.
Possess a Nonprofit Registration to Solicit Funds (or exemption, if appropriate) from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. This registration must be renewed annually. Learn more, confirm registration or file for an exemption.
Ineligible for funding
- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, we may consider support for equipment if it is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request)
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit
Connecticut Community Foundation seeks proposals that:
Align with priority areas listed above
Address documented community needs
Summarize the organization’s track record in successfully implementing programs
Adopt evidence-based programs and models, when appropriate
Demonstrate potential for drawing additional or sustaining support
Clearly explain the project plan and provide a realistic budget that aligns with stated goals
Advance broader community plans and priorities, when applicable
Describe local presence (even if an agency is based outside the Foundation’s service area, it may have a local office, staff or partnerships)
Length of Funding
Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time. If interested in pursuing multiyear funding, simply submit an initial request for one year. In the following year, you may request continued funding through the Foundation’s online grant application.
Grant deadlines may be different based on priority area of the grant request.