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

2024 College Success Grantmaking


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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Greater Hartford

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/09/24
Deadline: 03/22/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and educational, research, and governmental institutions for programs that benefit girls and women in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase college success for women students, particularly students of color, first-generation college students, and economically disadvantaged students. Proposals must be for programs that aim to increase the college completion rate of women and girls in Greater Hartford.

The Foundation's goal through its grant-making is to empower more women to complete their college education, therefore enabling them to better their lives and those of their families. Aurora prides itself in not just funding effective programs, but also being a resource and partner. The Aurora Foundation's grantees receive guidance, from the application process through final reporting of outcomes.

Aurora-funded College Success programs give women, especially low-income, women of color, and first-generation students, the tools they need to navigate and pursue higher education. Aurora has identified best practices for these programs, including one-on-one counseling and advising, mentoring and introducing women to role models, building self-advocacy skills, and addressing basic needs such as childcare and transportation. As a result of this work, students are graduating and entering careers that pay a family-sustaining wage—buying first houses, and starting college savings accounts for their children. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a grant from the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, your organization must meet the following guidelines:
- Your organization must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or must be a governmental, educational, or research institution with tax-exempt status.
- Your grant proposal must be for a program based in Greater Hartford that impacts women and girls.
- Your grant proposal must be for a program that aims to increase the college completion rate of women and girls in Greater Hartford.
- Programs must serve women in Greater Hartford and have a thoughtful approach to addressing the impact of gender, along with race and class on women’s college success.

Pre-Application Information
- February 9, 2024: Letter of Intent by 5:00 PM
- February 23, 2024: Finalists notified that they are invited to submit a full grant application
- March 22, 2024: Full grant applications due by 5:00 PM (will be sent with invitation)
- April 1 -5: Site Visits
- April 15 - 19: Site Visits
- Late May - June: Grant Award notifications

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Estimated Size of Grant
4-5 grant awards

Contact Information
Submit LOIs to

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation
P.O. Box 370537
West Hartford, CT 06137
(860) 969-3435

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