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Petit Family Foundation (PFF) Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode IslandVermont

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/22/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 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.
  • Currently, the Petit Family Foundation does not fund unsolicited Signature Grant proposals.

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 programs including program-related equipment, materials, and supplies to run the program and tend to avoid paying for salary or benefits as the Foundation cannot guarantee ongoing funding.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code are eligible to apply.

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.

The Petit Family Foundation will not generally consider requests for:
- International organizations
- Endowment or Medical research endeavors
- Relatively new entities
- Political, legislative, or lobbying organizations
- Individuals or debt reduction, no matter how worthy
- Organizations that do not regularly file IRS Form 990
- Major capital campaigns, unless very near completion
- Primary and secondary schools that charge significant tuition.
- Very large organizations already supported by robust endowments
- National or regional organizations, or local branches thereof, that do not have an EIN separate from that of the larger entity
- Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, etc.

Pre-Application Information
The 2023 Fall Grants Submission Period:
- Monday Sept 18, 2023 – Friday Sept 22, 2023

Please note that when the grants submitted during this period totals more than 150% of the grants budget, the grant submission period will be closed.

For submissions electronically received the Grant Committee will review and Final Decisions will be made by: Nov 11, 2023

About the Foundation:

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

Signature Grants may be for multiple years with the funding request range of $10-$50,000 per year up to a total of $100,000.

Term of Contract
A Signature Grant may be considered for multiple years.

Contact Information
To receive the Grant Request Form by mail, or to answer any questions, or to submit completed forms, email:

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

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