In order to apply for funding, an organization 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. Organizations may also have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor, if they do not have their own nonprofit status.
- Have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- 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.
How we review grants
Foundation staff and committees are trained in how bias shapes our understanding of your work. Because we know bias exists, and to ensure our funding supports work that addresses disparity in our region, we use a racial equity lens when reviewing grants. This means that we will use questions, such as the following, when reviewing applications:
- Does this project or initiative provide benefits or burdens to BIPOC communities?
- What is the root cause that is being addressed by this proposal?
- Are those most affected by the project involved in designing and implementing the work?
- Is the organization seeking funding committed to internal growth and learning related to diversity, equity and inclusion?
Decision making timeline
Grants received on a rolling basis will be reviewed within a month of receiving the application. All other applications are reviewed by our staff, committees and board of trustees in a process that takes about ten weeks from the deadline date.