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2020 Aurora Grant Opportunity for College Completion Programs

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Educational and Research
Institutions, and Agencies to Benefit Women in Eligible Regions

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Aurora Women and Girls Foundation

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and educational, research, and governmental institutions for programs that benefit girls and women in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the number of female college graduates. Collaborative programs are encouraged. Grant proposals must be for programs that aim to increase the college completion rate of women and girls in Greater Hartford.

Eligible organizations are those running programs serving women and girls in Greater Hartford by providing critical academic support and other services designed to enable a greater number of women to complete their college education and fulfill their graduation requirements.  The Foundation’s Aurora Report reveals that completing college is critical to a woman’s economic stability and wellbeing.  For many women in Greater Hartford, reaching graduation requires academic and social supports that meet their distinct needs.  By developing, funding and delivering strategic solutions for local women in college, there can be a substantial individual, family and community impact.

Criteria for Funding:

  • Ability to demonstrate key measures of impact (program evaluation)
  • Program focus supports women from Greater Hartford completing their Associate’s Degree and/or Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to be replicated in other institutions encouraged
  • Collaborative programs encouraged

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152836

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Number of Grants:

The Foundation expects to fund 4-6 programs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant from the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, your organization must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or must be a governmental, educational or research institution with tax-exempt status.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit a Letter of Intent no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12, to the attention of Jennifer Steadman. Organizations selected to submit full proposals will be contacted by the end of February.

Timeline/Important Dates:
- February 12 @ 5:00 pm: Deadline for organizations to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) based on
Aurora’s guidelines
- February 28: Based on LOI submissions, organizations are invited to submit full grant
- March 27: Full grant applications due to Aurora Women and Girls Foundation
- April 6-28: Site visits
- June 15: Official notification sent to organizations regarding funding decisions

Contact Information:

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

Please submit a Letter of Intent to the attention of Jennifer Steadman, at

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