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Pathways for Older Adults Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Municipalities to
Benefit Seniors in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Community Foundation - East Hill Woods Fund

Deadline Date:

10/05/18 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight)


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities for programs and services that improve the quality of life for older adults living in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. Funding is intended to help adults age successfully and remain engaged, healthy, and informed. Grant funding is also provided to local communities to help them prepare for the aging of the population.

Mini-grants are up to $3,000 and general grants are above $3,000.

A portion of the funding is also designated to train and educate future managers of senior living communities.

Grants typically fall into one of these general categories:

- Healthy aging
- Connecting with information, benefits, and resources
- Aging successfully and safely in the community
- Education, arts, and creative expression
- Waterbury BRASS (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors): A citywide collaboration
- Engaging older adults in addressing community needs
- Intergenerational projects

Possible Projects

- Develop core programs and adopt best practices that connect older adults with benefits, services and opportunities; assist with chores, home maintenance and home safety; enhance health and fitness; and build age-friendly communities that promote civic engagement and full participation for all ages.

- Hold a Town Conversation on Aging, open to the public, to discuss services, resources and opportunities for older adults in the town, identify needs and gaps, and prioritize action steps for the next several years. A $2,000 grant is available to each town in the Foundation’s service area for these conversations.

- Connect more people over age 65+ to their libraries through Lifelong Libraries grants. Program possibilities include health, wellness, education, arts, creative expression, technology, financial security, intergenerational, and more.

- Collaborative programs that enhance services in a cost-effective manner are prioritized. Examples include a fitness program that rotates among towns and development of a coordinated transportation system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153994

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Grants: Over $3,000
Mini-Grants: Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Grant support is available over multiple years, although it is considered one year at a time. If interested in pursuing multi-year funding, simply submit an initial request for one year. In the following year, you may request continued funding through the Foundation’s online grant application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

- Must be a nonprofit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes.
- Must have a board, representative of the community, of which a majority is neither employees nor relatives of employees.
- Located within and/or providing services to residents of the Foundation's 21-town service area (see Geographic Focus below).
- 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:

Ineligible for Funding:

- Requests for political or religious purposes
- Requests from municipalities or religious organizations for buildings or associated expenses (however, the Foundation may consider support for equipment if it is specifically part of an eligible programmatic request)
- Requests for capital expenditures on buildings not owned by a nonprofit

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are accepted twice annually. The next application deadline is October 5.

Review the guidelines then apply by completing the general grant application (for proposals over $3,000) or the Pathways mini-grant application (for proposals of $3,000 or less).

The grant review and decision process lasts approximately 10 weeks from the deadline date.

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Contact Information:

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

2018 Grant Application (Round 2):

2018 Pathways for Older Adults Mini-Grant Application (Round 2):

Deborah Stein, Program Officer
203.753.1315 x103

Connecticut Community Foundation
43 Field Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

Grant Coverage Areas:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: The 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills