Grants: Frequently Asked Questions 2017-04-05T14:03:20+00:00

Grants: Frequently Asked Questions

Our program staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Some common questions include:

What is a grassroots grant? 2017-03-20T13:34:56+00:00
These are “mini grants” available for Waterbury residents who would like to make positive neighborhood change. Applicants must be unrelated and do not need to have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Learn more
Can I submit a proposal for equipment? 2017-03-20T13:33:48+00:00
Grants for equipment are limited. As such, please discuss your specific equipment need with us before submitting a request, and be sure to include at least one bid or quotation with your proposal. Grant proposals for organizational technology projects are also accepted.
Can I submit a capital campaign request? 2017-05-11T13:11:34+00:00
Yes, although support for capital campaigns is limited. Please discuss with a member of our program staff prior to submitting a funding request.
Can I submit proposals for organizational development work? 2017-05-11T13:12:24+00:00
Proposals to fund strategic planning consultants and similar organizational development work can be submitted within the relevant priority areas (healthy communities, environment, etc.) as part of the grant rounds.However, the Foundation will generally consider only one request per priority area at a time; as such, you would need to need to choose between submitting a grant request either for programmatic work or for organizational development work. Note: Organizational development assistance (in the form of nonprofit advisors, workshops, and online resources) is also available through the Foundation’s Nonprofit Advisory Institute (NAI).
How many proposals can I submit in a grant round? 2017-05-11T13:13:04+00:00
Typically, organizations may submit one grant proposal per priority area per grant round. If you would like to submit more than one proposal within a priority area, please discuss it with our program staff first.
Does my project fit the Foundation’s funding priorities? 2017-05-11T13:13:37+00:00
If you are not sure, please call our program staff and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
Is it likely that we could be funded for 100% of the cost of a proposed project? 2017-03-20T13:18:08+00:00
It is possible, especially if it is a smaller project.  However, given the Foundation’s finite funding resources, additional funds and in-kind contributions from other donors or organizations are often necessary to complete the project budget, especially with larger efforts.
What is the average grant amount? 2017-05-11T13:13:46+00:00
The average amount is between $5,000 and $10,000. Grants for larger amounts can be considered; for those, please contact our staff to discuss the project in advance of submission.