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Regional Impact Grants - Norwich Youth Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Youth Development Programs

Agency Type:

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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Deadline Date:

01/13/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Connecticut nonprofits, schools, and municipal and governmental agencies in eligible locations for high-quality youth development programs and services that benefit socially and economically underprivileged youth. New applicants must contact the Foundation prior to applying. Eligible programs must benefit Norwich youth.

The purpose of these grants is to support those working to fill in the gap in services left by the closing of the YMCA of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich. The Community Foundation strives to ensure that local youth live in a safe and supportive environment, and have access to high quality, emotionally, intellectually, culturally and environmentally rich learning opportunities.  

Priority is given to programs that empower youth and that:

  • Enhance quality early childhood education and intervention services;
  • Support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and caring adults;
  • Support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth;
  • Enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts and culture, especially for those that use experiential learning;
  • Support post-secondary education access and job readiness.
  • Support youth-led social change and elevate the voices of youth in program planning

Grantmaking will not exclusively address these desired outcomes, but the Foundation will look for opportunities to contribute to problem-solving and to strengthen the systems that currently address these issues for Norwich youth.

This grant opportunity aligns with the Foundation's Empower Youth and Basic Needs and Rights strategic priorities. For more information about the Basic Needs and Rights priority, see:

https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Grant-Making-Priorities#911174-promote-basic-needs--rights

Preference is given to programs that:

  • Are offered by Norwich-based organizations
  • Are collaborative in nature and are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • Include specific and measurable outcomes and affect positive change over the long term.
  • Seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
  • Incorporate the voices of youth and their families in planning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140792

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests between $5,000 - $15,000. Few grants are made at the maximum amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants generally must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. Grants are not made to individuals or to for-profit endeavors.

- Preference is given to programs that are offered by Norwich-based organizations.

- Funding is not provided for capital or endowment campaigns, litigation costs, religious programming, endowment campaigns, deficit funding, or debt retirement. Grants are not typically made for special events.

- Applicants may not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, and/or local laws.

Organizations that are based outside of Eastern Connecticut can apply if the work described in the grant application and the accompanying budget are clearly to be carried out in one or more of the towns in Our Communities (https://www.cfect.org/About/About-Us/Communities).

Regarding private schools, the Foundation does not generally fund projects that serve only a discrete and fixed group of individuals without also having a broader public benefit.

Organizations may apply for more than one grant, as long as they are through separate grant opportunities.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

First-time applicants to this cycle are required to have an initial conversation with the Foundation before applying. Contact Deb Battit.

The new Online Grants Center allows you to set up an account to access available grant applications and to start, save, edit, and submit applications. See here: https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant/Online-Grants-Center

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation with questions or to discuss your ideas prior to starting an application.

General Eligibility Criteria:
https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Apply-for-a-Grant#77355-regional-impact-grants

FAQs: https://www.cfect.org/Nonprofits/Grant-FAQs-Tips

Applicant Tutorial Video 1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O2-rkkxy9iQ1WLx2LKaBYr9LgFoXfaqt/view

Applicant Tutorial Video 2: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cmTa7Hmacg4pqJpn5Xo92vp3RzRxfoeS/view

Applicant Tutorial Video 3: https://drive.google.com/file/d/155ta4kdwfWbiSnftjux_PGJHfMkse5Bz/view

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfect

Questions should be directed to:
Deb Battit, Program Officer
deb@cfect.org
860-442-3572

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
68 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320

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