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Regional Impact Grants - Southeast General Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in
Eligible Areas to Benefit Youth and Address Basic Human Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Deadline Date:

01/13/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools in eligible areas for programs that benefit local communities. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects and activities that empower youth and address basic human needs. Eligible programs benefit the residents of East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington. and Waterford.

Priority areas:

Programs that empower youth:

  • Enhance quality early childhood education and intervention services;
  • Support mentoring programs that encourage relationships between youth and caring adults;
  • Support access to programs that promote mental and physical health as well as those that address disconnected youth;
  • Enhance educational opportunities in science, literacy, arts and culture, especially those that use experiential learning;
  • Support post-secondary education access and job readiness.
  • Support youth-led social change and elevate the voices of youth in program planning.

Programs that promote basic needs and rights:

  • Promote individual and family economic security;
  • Increase food security and access to nutritious food;
  • Decrease homelessness through programs that promote diversion and intervention;
  • Improve access to healthcare and human services;
  • Promote healthy relationships and address domestic violence;
  • Utilize arts and cultural experiences to educate and improve the overall quality of life.

Preference is given to programs that:

  • Are collaborative in nature;
  • Are regional in scope;
  • Promote systems change
  • Are rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • Serve lower-income communities;
  • Seek to eliminate racism and societal inequities;
  • Incorporate the voices of clients, consumers and youth in planning;
  • Include specific, measurable outcomes; and
  • Affect positive change over the long term.

The Foundation will also consider:

  • Grants for existing programs, new initiatives, or special projects;
  • A limited number of public policy and general operating grants;
  • Capacity-building grants (please call to discuss).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162692

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $5,000 to $30,000. Most awards are in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider a limited number of multiyear grants (please call to discuss in advance of submission). The Foundation's policy for three-year grants requires taking a fourth year off from funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants generally must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, municipal or governmental agencies, or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or to for-profit endeavors.

The Foundation does not provide funding for capital or endowment campaigns, litigation costs, religious programming, endowment campaigns, deficit funding or debt retirement. They do not typically make grants for special events.

Applicants may not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, marital status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, and/or local laws.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

If you are new to the Foundation or are applying for a new program, please contact the Community Foundation for feedback on your proposal. Call Jennifer O'Brien to discuss your idea or to submit a letter of intent that summarizes your request in no more than two pages.

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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.

Apply online:

Direct questions and submit a letter of intent to:
Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
68 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320
P: 860.442.3572
P: 877.442.3572 (toll free)
F: 860.442.0584 (fax)

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USA: Connecticut: East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Salem, Stonington, and Waterford

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