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SBM Charitable Foundation Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Municipalities
to Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Counties

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities to improve the quality of life for local residents in eligible counties. First-time applicants are required to submit a pre-application form. Funding areas of interest include the arts, housing, human services, health, and education, with an emphasis on children, basic needs, and education enrichment. Eligible organizations serve individuals and families living and working predominantly East of the River, in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties.

The SBMCF gives high priority to equality of opportunity for all members of society. Accordingly, it is the Foundation's expectation that, in carrying out any program funded by the SBMCF grant, your organization will take appropriate affirmative action steps. 

The categories of grants funded by the Foundation are as follows:

  • Education - The Foundation is committed to helping people achieve their goals through education. Scholarships are a high priority awarded through grants to both universities and colleges located in Connecticut, as well as to direct service programs that enhance academic and personal achievement such as adult literacy and reading readiness programs.
  • Health - Priority is given to programs that provide direct services to the community, including hospitals, community health programs, prevention programs and intervention services.
  • Human Services: The Foundation funds broad-based projects that enhance and improve the quality of personal life for the residents of its communities — such as libraries, municipal programs, social services for families and children, and economic development initiatives.
  • Housing: Funding may be awarded to organizations that expand home ownership opportunities and provide access to affordable housing within communities served by the Foundation.
  • Arts: The Foundation supports a wide range of cultural events including theater, music, and art programs. The aim is to broaden access to cultural activities and enrich the lives of people who live and work within the communities served by the Foundation.

Requests for program grants are a main focus, however community sponsorships, special community events, and capital projects may be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159882

Term of Contract:

A written report, including assessment of the program or project funded, will be required by the Foundation within twelve months of the grant award, before any further funding can be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizations must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a municipality.
- Programs funded primarily benefit residents of Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties.

Ineligible for funding:
Public and Private schools both primary and secondary, excepting scholarships; political activities; individuals (except recipients of college scholarships); religious institutions, unless the program benefits the community at large; generally, organizations with IRS Private Foundation designation.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application deadline: April 14, 2021

Grant requests from first-time applicants must be initiated by submitting a brief 250-word Pre-Application (link in Contacts, below).

If your organization is a past SBM Charitable Foundation grant recipient, you may use the formal Request for Grant form (see Supporting Documents, below). This is only for organizations that have received funding from the SBM Charitable Foundation in the past two years.

Generally, applications are accepted between January 1 and September 7 of any calendar year in order that awards may be made by the end of that calendar year.

Please keep in mind the tentative deadline dates below for submitting a “formal” Request for Grant application form. Any grant requests received past each quarterly date may be carried forward to the subsequent quarter’s Grants Committee meeting agenda.

1st Quarter Grants - January 6, 2021
2nd Quarter Grants - April 14, 2021
3rd Quarter Grants - June 10, 2021
4th Quarter Grants - September 9, 2021

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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.

First-time applicants' online Pre-Application:

Please return your completed Grant Application to:
SBM Charitable Foundation, INc.
935 Main Street, Level C, Suite B101
Manchester, CT 06040

Fax: (860) 533-1067

Doreen H. Downham
Executive Director and Corporate Secretary
(860) 533-0355

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