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Petit Family Foundation (PFF) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Community Benefit Programs for Local Residents

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Petit Family Foundation (PFF)

Deadline Date:

09/21/21 12:00 PM


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Grants to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut nonprofit organizations for programs and activities that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to promote education for young people, especially women in fields related to the sciences; improve the lives of those who suffer from chronic illnesses; and support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.

The Petit Foundation funds two types of grants: 

  • General Project Support Grants: Most of the funds are used for the programs of organizations, supplies, or projects. 
  • Signature Grants: Must meet the existing grant criteria and impact a larger number of people. Some examples of Signature Grants are multi-year partnerships with the Health Lodge Channel 3 Kids Camp and Women in Science initiative at the CT Science Center.

During the review process the PFF Grants Committee puts a significant focus on the following criteria: 

  • Mission alignment with Petit Family Foundation’s mission and goals.
  • Financial and Programmatic Capacity: Successful applicants will show evidence that they are stable, and their program plans give the Foundation confidence their work will be sustained beyond the Foundation's funding.
  • Leadership: Successful applicants will have strong leadership that is collaborative and knowledgeable about the community and the field in which they operate.
  • Measurable Results: The Foundation places a high priority on organizations that are able to clearly articulate organizational goals, present a clear plan for achieving results and track outcomes and impact on the people and communities served. 

The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and supplies and tend to avoid paying for salary or benefits as the Foundation cannot guarantee ongoing funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155190

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Project Support Grants tend to be in the $500 to $10,000 range.

A Signature Grant is usually in the funding request range of $10,000/$20,000 to $50,000+.

Term of Contract:

A Signature Grant may be considered for multiple years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Petit Foundation is pleased to support local communities. Due to the high volume of grant requests, the Petit Family Foundation gives local New England based nonprofit programs priority in the Foundation's funding determinations.

The Foundation currently funds programs/projects rather than individuals. The Board of Directors believes this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the dollars expended.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 Fall Grants Timeline

- Grant submissions accepted: September 13th – September 21
- Grant Committee Review and Decisions by: October 6th
- All grant submissions must be received electronically and arrive by September 21st before 12:00 PM

Please Note: Once the grant funding requests received reaches 200% of the Foundation's budget, the grants submission process will be closed.

All submissions must be sent electronically.

Grant requests to support causes directly related to the Foundation's mission will be accepted during the indicated schedule.

For Signature Grants, meeting with the Foundation’s board to present the funding request and a final report on the outcomes of the program would be required.

If you are unsure if your application meets the requirements, you may address an email to Ms. Jayme V. Ierna, Chair of the Grants Committee, stating succinctly what your plan is. Ms. Ierna and the committee can provide feedback prior to your developing the entire application.

About the Foundation:

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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.

To receive the Grant Request Form by mail, or to answer any questions, email:

Petit Family Foundation
PO Box 310
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 479-1436
FAX: (860) 517-8307

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont

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